Most people don’t purchase a high-power machine to putz around shopping plazas and creep through traffic. They buy these types of cars to push them to their intended limits, and the Half-Mile Race at Jumbolair airstrip is the perfect place to blast off and exercise the power possessed.
Corvettes and Camaros are very common sights at this event, and you can imagine why. Especially true of the Corvette, there may not be a better modern day racing platform for these types of events. Except, the Jumbolair event isn’t a drag racing competition. It’s a speed war.
The goal of the event is to launch from the tree and not clock in the quickest, but to check in at the fastest top speed at the end of the runway. The surface is completely untreated, so proper finesse with the throttle is a must on the strip. Most cars leave the line at a soft pace, only to ramp up and really tear in to the throttle once a launch is completed.
Some of the fastest Corvettes to participate reached heights of 180 mph, while the monstrous C7 Z06 marked a top speed of 149.55. Not too shabby at all.
Hot Rod attended and covered the event extensively providing us bountiful photos of the speed machines, including a 2001 C5 Corvette with 474 cubic-inch that ran 174.99 mph, one of the quickest runs of the event.