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 at 2021 Spring Break Shootout

The first of three 2021 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout events took place March 4-7, 2021, at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, at the NMRA Spring Break Shootout. It was spectacular manual-transmission drag racing action as the street-legal Ford racers battled to secure a Top 8 spot in the Shootout and then gun for the championship. Read More “TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout at 2021 Spring Break Shootout”

Myles Stocker’s 2006 Mazda V8-Powered MX-5 Miata

Myles Stocker knows cars. He’s built them, he’s raced them, and he’s restored them. Ask what he’s owned and modified, the list gets interesting– cars that include an AC Cobra, 1965 Mustang GT350R, 1956 Ford pickup with 392 Hemi, and 1961 Falcon Ranchero with straight axle and Holman Moody 289 hi-power engine. Oh, and then there’s the 1960 Ford convertible with 352 hi-power engine and 1961 Ford convertible with 375-horsepower 393 hi-power engine which he ended up swapping in a 427 tunnel-port and 4-speed. Some of those cars are from back when he was a drag racer for Ford, following his service in the Marine Corps. Read More “Myles Stocker’s 2006 Mazda V8-Powered MX-5 Miata”

TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Expands in 2021

Building on years of success and shift-your-own-gears drag racing excitement, the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout is growing in 2021!

“NMRA and TREMEC are excited to get back to racing, as we add a third TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout in 2021,” said Steve Wolcott, NMRA co-founder, President and CEO. Read More “TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout Expands in 2021”

Tim Casto Wins His First Ever TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout

Tim Casto barely made it to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the NMRA All-Ford World Finals and to patriciate in the 2020 TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. He worked late the night before the event to swap ignitions just to get the car running. Then, during one of his test passes, Casto hit fluid near the top end of the track and spun the Electric Red 1993 Mustang LX in a wild 360. Using creative driving, he managed to miss both concrete walls. Read More “Tim Casto Wins His First Ever TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout”

Drag Racing Action from the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout

Twice a year, Ford drivers lay it on the line in the ultra-competitive TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. This special event is run in conjunction with NMRA and offers racers with a manual transmission a chance to compete for more than $2,000 in cash and prizes, including McLeod products. Read More “Drag Racing Action from the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout”

Join the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout at the NMRA All-Ford World Finals

It’s time to take a break from all the craziness that has been the year 2020 and join the TREMEC Stick Shift Shootout. This has become an annual part of the NMRA All-Ford World Finals in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and we’re happy to say that the shootout will go on as planned this year!

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First H-Pattern Manual Transmission to Break Into the 6s in Drag Racing

Don’t let Joel Grannas hear you say automatics are faster than stick shifts. He won’t shout at you or pound a fist on a table, though. Joel has been drag racing his manual-transmission equipped Toyota Supra for years, and he will just pull out a small slip of paper for you to read.

While drag racing during an event at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida, in May 2020, Joel fired off the first-ever 6-second pass by an H-pattern–shifted car: 6.90 e.t. at 194.77 mph.

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