For years now, the Nissan GT-R has been a major contender in the roll and drag racing scene. With a relatively low price of entry, all-wheel drive, and an easily tuned engine, the Japanese sports car is the go-to choice for many performance enthusiasts looking to go fast in a straight line.
The owner of this rad 1961 Buick Skylark in the video embedded above was probably a bit intimidated to line up against a GT-R at the recent TX2K roll racing event in Texas, but he didn’t back down. The Buick and its twin-turbo General Motors LS-based V8 managed to beat the GT-R to the finish line and appeared to be the faster car, although it exceeded the speed threshold set for it at the event, handing the win to the GT-R.
Results aside, it’s just fun to see this mad 1961 Buick Skylark in action. With its old-school SCCA-style front splitter, massive side exit exhaust and two-tone baby blue and white paint job, we could watch this thing run up and down the drag strip all day. It’s also ridiculously fast, clocking in a fastest run of 189 mph at TX2K. With enough room, it seems as though this aerodynamically challenged old Buick could crack 200 mph quite easily.
Cracking the 200 mph mark appears to be the owners’ goal, too, leaving a comment on this YouTube video saying they will see the 1320 Video guys “at more events this summer while we chase that 200mph mark in this old Buick.” Don’t worry – we’ll definitely be sharing the video of it breaking 200 mph, if possible.