Held on the heels of the annual SEMA show in early November, the Optima Ulitimate Street Car Challenge is making noise and won't be slowing down anytime soon. When you take the upper echelon muscle cars from around the country and have them play on the same grounds, you're sure to have a spectacle on your hands. While it's currently an invitation-only event, we made sure to get you the complete low-down of how the event unfolded.

Forty of the top street-driven cars in the country were invited to duke it out in four categories to illustrate the best-of-the-best at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada. The categories were developed to highlight and discover the vehicle with the best overall design, build quality, and performance. So what's the point? Bragging rights, of course. Vehicles and drivers let it all hang out on the road course, autocross event, 0-to-60-to-0 trial for acceleration and braking, and finally judged for styling. To find the overall winner, the lowest cumulative time for each vehicle, combined with styling points (1-10 scale-1 being the best and 10 being the worst) would determine the finishing order.

A number of manufacturers were there, including Detroit Speed, RideTech, Spectre, BFGoodrich, and Baer Brakes. While Steven Rupp (owner of "Bad Penny"), associate editor of our sister publication Camaro Performers, almost landed the overall victory, a '66 Shelby Cobra owned by Bruce Cambern took home the '09 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car honor. From all of us at Chevy High Performance, congratulations to each of the participants and see you next year!

Quick Notes

What Was It
Forty of the best muscle cars in the country compete in four real-world categories to claim king of all street cars

When Was It
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Where Was It
Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada

FINAL RESULTS
2009 OPTIMA ULTIMATE STREET CAR
1st Place: Bruce Cambern, '66 Cobra
2nd Place: Ryan Matthews, '69 Camaro
3rd Place: Mark Stielow, '69 Camaro
4th Place: Steven Rupp, '68 Camaro
5th Place: Kyle Tucker, '70 Camaro
BAER BRAKES SPEED STOP CHALLENGE (0-TO-60-TO-0)
1st Place: Bruce Cambern, '66 Cobra, 6.7 seconds
2nd Place: Steven Rupp, '68 Camaro, 7.4 seconds
RIDETECH STREET CHALLENGE AUTOCROSS
1st Place: Bruce Cambern, '66 Cobra, 39.5 seconds
2nd Place: Mary Pozzi, '73 Camaro, 43.4 seconds
BFGOODRICH HOT LAP CHALLENGE
1st Place: Bruce Cambern, '66 Cobra, 1:46.8
2nd Place: Ryan Matthews, '69 Camaro, 1:47.5
SPEED BY SPECTRE DESIGN/BUILD CHALLENGE
1st Place: Barry Blomquist, '62 Corvette
2nd Place: Josh Henning, '67 Chevelle

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