As much as we love time attack there is something undeniably appealing about true wheel-to-wheel racing. This is why we’re introducing the GR8 VIII Shootout this season. In most other cases W2W racing is a pricy proposition and even if affordable most series tend to spec competitors into a rather tight, formulaic box. Whenever we hear the words “spec” and “formula” we develop a minor facial tick unless of course the latter is followed by the numeral one and led by a egomaniacal Andy Warhol lookalike. We of the time attack ilk do not like to be penalized for modifications, which is why we wholeheartedly support the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship.

The series was launched last year to critical acclaim by our friends, The Nerd Alliance at According to the MPTCC page the series is “a production car based wheel to wheel racing series with a rule set designed to allow the use of many common and readily available modifications found in the aftermarket tuner market. ┬áThe basis of the classes and costs will be managed by power to weight ratios rather than a restrictive set of rules. This will allow a fan pleasing diversity of competitive cars much like those found in popular time attack competitions. The 2012 season will see the return of our original Tuner Under and Tuner Over classes, along with the addition of an all new B-Spec class.”

We like the way these guys butter their bread. This year the MPTCC will have four stops with the first being in conjunction with our Global Time Attack and NASA at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on April 21-22. If you’re not ready to battle it out, head-to-head and wheel-to-wheel with Jeff Westphal in the GST Motorsports Impreza in our GR8 VIII Shootout (let’s face it, not many of us are), then the MPTCC is the perfect entry into real wheel-to-wheel racing with a time attack tuned car. You can learn more about the series at or if you just like to watch (like Nads) come out to Buttonwillow next weekend.