For those yearning to get their classic or contemporary American muscle car back on track in a highly competitive environment, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) developed a series to get the most out of your Camaro, Challenger, Corvette, GTO, Mustang, or other beast. Big power, big tires, relaxed rules mixed with strict weight restrictions will make the CAM Challenge events enjoyable yet hotly-contested.
The Tire Rack CAM Challenge Powered by SCCA has three different classes for muscle cars. The late model cars are placed in the CAM C category. With the “C” standing for Contemporary, this class sees car and truck body styles from 1990-on, plus CAM T class cars. In this group, the mandated minimum weight without driver is 3,300 lbs.
The CAM T group may see the greatest showing, as it encompasses four decades—including the glory years of the American muscle car. “T” stands for traditional in this instance, and the mandated minimum weight is 3,000 pounds without driver.
The CAM S includes sports cars, sedans/coupes, and trucks with seating for 2 or more adults. The weights get a little more complicated here; minimum weight for 1984+ Corvettes and Vipers is 2900 lbs., while the minimum weight for all other cars is 2500 lbs.
The schedule is subject to change, but the 2019 Tire Rack CAM Challenge Powered by SCCA calendar currently is as follows:
March 21-23: Southern States Tire Rack CAM Challenge; Concord, North Carolina
April 12-14: Gulf States Tire Rack CAM Challenge; Grenada, Mississippi
Grenada Municipal Airport
April 26-28: Northern Pacific Tire Rack CAM Challenge; Crows Landing, California
NASA Crows Landing Airport
May 31-June 2: Central States Tire Rack CAM Challenge; Mineral Wells, Texas
Mineral Wells Airport
June 14-16: Southern Pacific Tire Rack CAM Challenge; San Diego, California
San Diego County Credit Union Stadium (formerly Qualcomm Stadium)
August 9-11: Eastern States Tire Rack CAM Challenge; Peru, Indiana
September 3-4: Tire Rack CAM Challenge Finale; Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln Airpark West
At the finale, Challenge Champions crowned in all three CAM classes and an Overall CAM Challenge Series Champion. Details on points, and awards are to be released at a later date, and more on the rules and schedule can be seen here and here, respectively. If you and your Mustang, Camaro, Buick GNX, Corvette, GTO, or Chevelle would be happier carving cones than sitting in a garage, you need to check out this appealing new series.
Feature photos by Rupert Berrington ©2018