Car Culture / Racing

SpeedFactory Makes Quarter Mile History

In an effort to keep it real on the local we’d like to give SpeedFactory Tuning and Fabrication a shout out for their recent success at the 23rd Annual World Cup Finals – Import Vs. Domestics drag racing showdown. The shop is mere minutes from Griot’s Garage HQ in Tacoma and we try to display their cars but they’re always racing when we need them. The team’s diligence is paying off.

The SpeedFactory team is a Honda specialist and has a number of Civics set up for different classes of drag racing. Their focus has been the Outlaw Class where the team is a standout. The World Cup Finals, held at Maryland International Raceway, is one of the biggest drag racing events in the country and fireworks were expected.

During qualifications in was clear the SpeedFactory entrant was a force to be reckoned with, dropping a killer 7.477-second, 215.48-mph pass in Q3 to take the #1 qualifier spot in Wild Street by a .001 second margin! They took another shot at going quicker in Q4 but had a worse 60-foot time and slowed to a 7.566 at 214.98 mph, but the run backed up the 215.48 mph from Q3.

Eliminations proved challenging. “In the first round we had a soft, ‘go rounds’ tune up in it,” according the company’s press release, “and proceeded to lay down our best 60-foot and 1/8th-mile ET of the weekend… then things went wrong and the passenger front tire started coming apart at the 1,000-foot mark. Driver James Kempf had to shut it down early as the tire blew and fortunately the car slid to a stop without contacting the walls, posting a 7.539 at 203.34 mph and taking the win.”

“It was a mad scramble to get the car fixed for the second round as there was body damage and the wiring for the engine cooling fan, engine water pump, and intercooler pump all had been ripped off the chassis during the accident. We were able to make the call for second round and had a great top end chase down race against Harold Horton in his maroon Mustang, narrowly beating him to the stripe by .07 seconds. The duel really had the crowd going wild!”

In the third round something in the transmission or driveline was making an odd sound as the Honda pulled to the lanes and sure enough something broke under power at the top of third gear and that was the end of SpeedFactory’s weekend.

The team came home with multiple new records including World’s Fastest (mph) FWD pass ever (including ProFWD tube chassis cars) and World’s Fastest (mph) Honda (including all FWD/AWD/RWD configurations and tube chassis cars). For comparison, the SpeedFactory Civic’s 215.48 mph trap speed is a scant .07 mph off the NHRA Pro Street category record.

We are glad to see all the hard work pay off for our neighbors and vow to keep bugging them to get some of their cars in our Auto Display in 2019.

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