Gripping the Shifter and Throwing Perfect Shifts at the Biannual TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout

March 13, 2018

Stick Shift Shootout ChampionGripping the shifter with authority and throwing perfect shifts brings satisfaction that automatic-transmission drivers will never know.

And TREMEC is proud to support those who shift their own gears by presenting the biannual TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. This Shootout is held in conjunction with the Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout presented by Steeda Autosports in Bradenton, Florida.

One of the reasons that TREMEC supports NMRA drag racing is to help people have fun with their cars in a safe, fun and family environment. You can feel the excitement of driving a manual transmission every day, but when it comes to pushing your car hard, take it to a race track. And while drag racing is ultimately about whose car is quicker, we want everyone who comes out and participates to have fun.

Therefore, to bring even more fans of manual transmissions into the fold for the 2018 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout and 24th Nitto Tire Spring Break Shootout, we changed a few things up. Sure, we did our usual pizza party for NMRA racers. But we also paid the $100 entry fee for the first 25 racers who signed up for the QA1 True Street class with a manual transmission. At this event, all eight qualifiers received a TREMEC jacket. The TREMEC team was on hand to greet the racers, present the jackets and help serve the pizza and tasty beverages.

The TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout pitted the top eight True Street racers rowing a manual in a special Sunday Showdown. Racers competing in the Shootout first made their mark in the QA1 True Street T56 equipped SVT Cobraclass, where they ran the obligatory 30-mile street cruise, followed by the trio of quarter-mile passes on the strip. True Street rules require the entry be fully street legal. In addition, competitors must fuel their car before the cruise and can?t lift the hood once the event starts. This ensures the vehicles remain in ?street trim? for the cruise and on-track action.

Entering the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout requires a street-type manual transmission. The rules allow for race-oriented modifications, including face-plating and an aftermarket shifter. But the transmission must be shifted by a single, hand-operated shift handle in the ?H-pattern? that?s actuated by the driver (pneumatic or electric shifters are not allowed).

The winner of the 2018 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout received bragging rights along with a McLeod Racing RXT Twin-Disc clutch with flywheel (approximately $1,300 value). The runner-up received a $500 McLeod Racing product certificate. To keep the racing as close as possible, TREMEC decided on a unique ladder format that paired 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 4, 5 vs. 6 and 7 vs. 8 in the first round.

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