By Sam Logan

Hot-Rod-drag-week-2013-burnoutBowling Green KY: On the first day of the five-day 2013 Hot Rod Drag Week, Tom Bailey’s 1969 Camaro performed a record-breaking quarter-mile pass in 6.72 seconds at 214mph.

No wonder then that the magazine’s Editor-in-chief David Freiburger expressed surprise on a video clip on the last day when Bailey’s Camaro had completed the 1,200 mile road trip recording an amazing 6.78sec at 217mph.

Unsurprisingly, he dominated the Ultimate class, setting the fastest average ET of 6.83 seconds at 214mph.  Furthermore, Bailey recorded five 6-second passes during each of the five days at five different tracks and completed the event without changing tires or even an engine component.

His lowest ET was logged at 6.70 seconds and his highest mph at 217. Bailey’s touring passenger Steve Morris said, “The event was trouble-free. All we did each morning was to check the valve lash and change the oil.”

Built and installed by Steve Morris Engines of Muskegon, Michigan, around eighteen months ago, the 615cu in big-block Chevrolet power unit uses twin 94mm turbochargers and is powered by Holley Dominator electronics. Chassis work was completed by Clocks Off Racing.

“We ran 22 to 23lbs of boost during Drag Week,” said Steve Morris. “The engine combo was producing approximately 2,100hp at the rear wheels, which we verified on our chassis dyno. Still, it’s nowhere near its maximum output of over 3,300hp at 34lbs of boost.” At this engine’s heart are a set of custom Steve Morris Diamond pistons and Trend’s H13 tool steel piston pins.

1234391_10151898326007112_1966054244_n From Mishawaka, near South Bend, Indiana, Drag Week veteran Norm Beerhorst of Ultra Tech Racing Engines was delighted with Mike Roy’s victory in the Pro Street Power Adder class. Roy, the former class winner in 2009 and again in 2011, ran consistent 7.80s in his 1971 twin-turbo Monte Carlo. Beerhorst was further uplifted when two other Ultra Tech cars distinguished themselves.

Drag week 2013-ChevelleIn the Modified Power Adder class, Bryant Goldstone, the 2012 class winner finished second in his 1970 Chevelle, logging his best time to date of 7.94 seconds at 178mph.

Then Brent Bowman driving a 1969 Camaro finished second in Super Street big-block, normally aspirated category, running 9.70s. All three cars run Ultra Tech Custom Diamond pistons with Trend piston pins and pushrods. “All ran trouble-free,” said Beerhorst, “no engine problems of any kind. We changed the oil frequently, and we made one valve lash check on each car during the course of drag week.”


Norm Beerhorst
Ultra Tech Racing Engines
Mishawaka, IN
(574) 256-9462


Steve Morris Engines
Muskegon, MI
(231) 747-7520