Join the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout at the 2021 NMRA World Finals

As the 2021 NMRA All-Ford World Finals and Ford Festival approaches, it’s time to get ready for last TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout of the year! The stage is set for the best manual transmission racing as participants in the True Street class face off for the title. The World Finals will be held at Beech Bend Raceway Park from September 30-October 3 at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

For those unfamiliar with the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout, it’s a special event held within the NMRA True Street class at select NMRA events during the year. The quickest eight manual transmission–equipped car – based on their True Street average –run against one another on the last day of the World Finals. Only H-pattern-shifted manual transmissions are allowed in the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout competition; air-shifted and Lenco-style gearboxes are prohibited.

“We’re excited to have the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout as part of the season-ending NMRA World Finals again this year,” said Steve Wolcott, co-founder of the NMRA. “The True Street class is NMRA’s most popular racing segment, with the highest number of entries at every NMRA race. The TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout adds another dynamic to the class, giving stick-shift enthusiasts an extra chance to test their mettle and gear-shifting acumen. This special class has been a perfect partnership with TREMEC and is sure to be another must-see competition at Bowling Green.”

ABOVE: The TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout is a special event held within the NMRA’s True Street class. True Street is open to anyone with a street-legal, Ford-powered car or truck, with different elapsed time classes so that every racer has a chance to win something.

True Street entrants go through tech inspection on the Saturday of the event weekend to verify street-legality. Next, they do a 30-mile cruise to further verify street-capabilities. Any vehicle that fails to complete the cruise is disqualified. After returning to the track, participants park in the staging lanes for a 30-minute cooldown. Tire pressures can be adjusted and nitrous bottles turned on, but no other work is allowed (including ECU tuning). Hoods must remain closed. After the cooldown, each vehicle takes three runs down the track to build an average e.t. for ranking. You can read the complete rules on the NMRA website.

The eight fastest racers (and two alternates) who will compete in the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout are announced that evening at the Racer Appreciation Party hosted at the TREMEC trailer or at a location near the track. Vehicles are then staged, and eliminations are run at normal intervals with the other NMRA classes.

“After the racing excitement we had at the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout at the NMRA event in Norwalk, Ohio, in June, we can’t wait to see the stick-shift vehicles that qualify for the Bowling Green Shootout,” said TREMEC’s Mike Kidd. “Every TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout has a variety of competitors. Just because someone has the lowest average e.t., even an 8-second one, it doesn’t mean they’re going to win. Everyone has a shot to take home the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout title.”

Speaking of prizes, the winner of the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout wins a McLeod Racing RXT twin-disc clutch setup, valued at $1,300, and a $500 Holley gift certificate, while the runner-up receives a $500 McLeod product certificate. All eight participants receive a swag bag full of goodies and a TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout jacket. The winner also gets featured in a story on the TREMEC blog.

ABOVE: The winner of the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout receives a McLeod Racing RXT twin-disc clutch worth approximately $1,300 and a $500 Holley gift certificate. The runner-up receives a $500 McLeod product voucher.

Skip Barber Racing School and TREMEC Work Together to Improve Driver Education

When the Skip Barber Racing School needed to upgrade the transmissions in their Mustang GTs and 1967 Camaro school cars, they wanted TREMEC manual transmissions! These cars get hammered from students learning fast-driving techniques, so the school wanted to upgrade the transmissions for durability and precise shifting. The outcome was a partnership that provides the Skip Barber Racing School with the quality performance transmissions they need, and students of all ages get first-hand experience with TREMEC transmissions. Read More “Skip Barber Racing School and TREMEC Work Together to Improve Driver Education”

10 Affordable Cars and Trucks Begging for a TREMEC Transmission

We all would love to own a classic Camaro, Mustang, Chevelle, Charger, Challenger, Nova, Fairlane or anything cool from the muscle car era. But unless you’ve been living in an Ozark Mountains cave for the last 10 years, you know the price of classic Detroit iron has skyrocketed, and these cars are no longer affordable for most people. A rusted-out 1966 or 1967 fastback Mustang that should be $1,00 is now close to $10,000. Read More “10 Affordable Cars and Trucks Begging for a TREMEC Transmission”

TREMEC Distributor Spotlight – Hanlon Motorsports

It is hard to imagine a time when modern 5- and 6-speed transmissions weren’t the norm. Drivers had no idea what it was like to have smooth and precise gear shifting combined with low rear-axle gear ratios and one or two overdrives to keep highway driving realistic. But when Bob Hanlon started his namesake transmission business, modern 5-speeds were still relatively new, 6-speeds were exotic items and the legendary T-56 hadn’t yet changed the world. Read More “TREMEC Distributor Spotlight – Hanlon Motorsports”

An Inside Look at Jeff McCool’s TREMEC Stick Shift Winning 1981 Ford Mustang

Story and Photos by Evan J. Smith

The TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout offers gear-jammers the chance to go head-to-head in a street/strip competition for amazing prizes, including a brand-new McLeod clutch. The races are held in conjunction with the NMRA QA1 True Street class, and, in 2021, have expanded to three exciting events: NMRA Spring Break Shootout, NMRA Ford Performance Nationals, and the upcoming NMRA World Finals + Holley Intergalactic Ford Festival from September 29-October 3 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Read More “An Inside Look at Jeff McCool’s TREMEC Stick Shift Winning 1981 Ford Mustang”

Jeff McCool Wins his Second TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout in Norwalk, Ohio

Story and Photos by Evan J. Smith

As his name implies, Jeff McCool was cool in Norwalk, Ohio, as he rowed his manual-transmission–equipped 1981 Coyote-swapped Ford Mustang to his second TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout win at the NMRA Ford Performance Nationals June 10-13 at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Read More “Jeff McCool Wins his Second TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout in Norwalk, Ohio”

Restoration: The Good, The Bad, The Out of Budget

Restoring a car takes time, money, effort, and patience. You need to know how to restore cars properly if you want to tackle this kind of project. Although it may be hard to ignore a classic vehicle that is for sale, you will want to weigh all possibilities before you wave your checkbook around. Read More “Restoration: The Good, The Bad, The Out of Budget”

Get Ready for the Next TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout

Excitement is already building for the June 10-13 NMRA Ford Performance Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. It’s the first time in years the NMRA has hosted an event at this iconic dragstrip. Even more exciting is that the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout will be part of the action here for the first time ever. Read More “Get Ready for the Next TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout”

TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Competitor Jon Whitaker’s 1993 Cobra Mustang

The 2021 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout at Bradenton Motorsports Park on March 4-7, 2021, was packed with highlights and great stories. One of those stories features Jon Whitaker who had just finished his 1993 Cobra and was ready to hit the track and see what it could do. The car exceeded his expectations in its first event, averaging an 11.79 e.t. during qualifying and landing Jon a spot in the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. Read More “TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Competitor Jon Whitaker’s 1993 Cobra Mustang”

Two TREMEC-Equipped Factory Five Racing Roadsters

Our latest TREMEC Customer Spotlight focuses on two friends who built FFR roadsters at about the same time.

Joe Camire worked at Factory Five for several years, and being part of the crew creating the roadster kits he eventually wanted one of his own to build.

Sharing a passion for driving with Joe is his friend Greg Sandels who purchased a FFR kit in 2004, two years before Joe bought an started his own build. Both men built their cars at home, investing sweat equity while enjoying the hands-on process of building a vehicle from scratch. Read More “Two TREMEC-Equipped Factory Five Racing Roadsters”