15 July 2018 Kent, WA – As an auto that came out of world war two in a time of turmoil the ways that owners of the VW brand can modify, alter and personalize is as wide as the number of them around. The swap meet, and the drag race portion of the 4th Annual VW Nationals are cool, but the car show is where it is at.
Hundreds of all makes and models are on display and what each has done to his or her personal tastes, from the military uses in the war to the latest out of the factory can be seen.
As far as the drags and how you take that VW power that in reality traces its roots directly to Porsche and as most know these are bad fast cars on the road course tracks.
Here again the range of race cars is on display as some of these racers dip into the 10’s in the quarter mile.
The winner’s from the 4th Annual VW Nationals are Kelly McDonald in Sportsman, Cole Johnson in Pro and John Stevens in Run Tuff.
06 May 2018 Kent, WA – Sunday morning the gates opened at 8:00am and the entrance lanes were three wide and out to the highway. Bringing in more people to the track for an event short of the “Nationals” the Import Face Off group has a huge following.
Leading the charge of course is the new and their new record holder Honda Civic and the Speed Factory team.
Import racers from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington come together for a car show contest and drags.
Thousands of people roamed around the car show then headed to the stands for the drags with many stopping in between for “Bigfoods” menu of goodies. Once again this year the IFO group had a great time bringing their show to Pacific Raceways.
This years winners are Jeff Bush in Outlaw, Ricky Saly in FWD, Jake Montgomery in Forced Induction Pro, John Wood in Forced Induction Sport, Joe Abele in All Motor Pro, Kristen Campbell in All Motor Sport and Deritrly Gerasimos in Bracket.
27 Aug 2017 Kent, WA – Driving on the hi-ways and by-ways you cannot help but notice all the imports on the road. A large portion of those gather each year at Pacific Raceways for a car show, vendor midway and drag racing.
These modern day machines are being customized in ways that if you can dream it you can build it. Paint, parts, power, wheels and rims show what can be done with today’s technology can do. The power generated by mostly 4-cylinder motors is pretty stout for the cubic inches they displace.
Along with all this the social media aspect of this generation spreads the word that marketers can only wish for and the crowds on the property and stands showed that.
Mark your date book for next year’s IFO and come check it out.
Outlaw – Marko Stillnovc
Forced Induction Pro – Jake Montgomery
Forced Induction Sport – John Wood
FWD – Joel Sipes
All Motor Pro – Joe Abele
All Motor Sport – #760 no name
Bracket – Gabriel Rodriguez Jr.
16 July 2017 Kent, WA – Bringing everything VW to Pacific Raceways for a swap meet, car show and drags has just about everything that you could and can do to autos and motors. Turn it into a “rat rod” by chopping it up or throw the motor into a dragster and see what happens. If you can think it you can do it weather you scrimp and gather parts and pieces for your creation or just take your wallet out and get what you are looking for its all VW.
Walking the car show you see the diversity in what can be done with the auto be it “new” or from “decades” ago. With the engine in the rear many of the drag racing “bugs” do need wheelie bars or risk dragging the exhaust on the track, and yes they will hike those front tires into the air at the flicker of “green” from the tree.
This the 3rd annual event at Pacific has drawn more and more each year and next year’s event in the planning already is a date for your smart phone and it’s date reminder, find it when posted for next year and put it in as a reminder to check this action on the track and what comes from those minds in the car show portion of this event.
17 July 2016 Kent, WA – From Canada, Washington and Oregon VW drivers and the things that they done to them are on full display at their annual event at Pacific Raceways, the VW Nationals.
The popularity of the “bug” is big and getting bigger as the original models are getting quite pricey when sold. That’s the custom end of the VW; those that drag race are all after the same thing. Though slightly different in looks they are pretty much the same when it comes to the power plant.
The fact that you have to have a parachute attached to the rear end speaks loudly. Hiking the front end onto the wheelie bars is not uncommon and they are truly getting faster.
This year’s winners are in Sportsman Craig Johnson got the win and Pro class had Rocky Jennings topping the field. For the Run Tuff class Dave Wright got the trophy and for the Quick 8 Terry Hoogstins proved the best this race.
05 June 2016 Kent, WA – The imports are here and pretty much the future as the power that they are getting out of four cylinders is quite impressive.
What stands out are the speeds and ET’s that are obtained by the four cylinders. Cole Marmon in his ’00 Civic laid down an 8.553 at 184.27 mph on one of his runs. You cannot deny those numbers that many a V8 or even the V6 powered rides would love to get.
Work with what you got and today’s cars, most anyway do not come with a V-8 and with today’s tech knowledge and laptops you pretty much can change on the fly. Motor heads back in the day had the V-8 and look at the horsepower per cylinder they have obtained.
Today’s motor with the unlimited combinations that the laptop can produce to run the motor for any given application for the four cylinders should not be overlooked. Having said that the very same tech applied to the V-8 has many a buzz on those results.