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Battle of the Imports
The Battle of the Imports West Coast Season Opener went off in fine style in July of 2005, at Fontana CA. This event had it all; killer drag racing, a nice car show, and a great bikini contest.
Some of the new cars in attendance included Bisi Ezerioha with his Honda Insight, and the Vince Tiaga/Bergenholtz Racing Mazda 3 all-motor drag racing car. It was the first time that Bisi had run the car for the full 1/4 mile, and the team was forced to rebuild the SOHC engine just hours before the event because of a cracked head. Bisi went on to qualify in second place with a 10.3, with a motor that was down on power. The car lost it's battery charge in the second round of eliminations, right on the starting line. Vince ran an 11.8@122 mph on the very first pass that the Mazda 3 had ever made, but the car ended up splitting the transmission case on the next run. Both of these drag racers will return!
The car count in the bracket class was very good, this drag racing event has grown a lot since last year. There were enough cars in the heads-up street classes to seriously consider running 16-car fields for 2006. The pro car turnout was also good, with Ron Lummus winning the Pro Import class with an firstname.lastname@example.org, and Erick Aguilar winning Pro Street with a 10.2@130 mph pass. David Jusko won the final in Street Tuner when Ali Afshar broke. Don't miss this event for next year!