In 1987, Tony and Neil started screwing around with the idea of just how low can you go. Specifically, they investigated just how quick they could make a car go for the least amount of money – a tradition here at Cars Illustrated. The end result was the now-famous “12.99 ET for $1299” two-part series. In that effort, the guys taught a lot of us how to maximize an almost nonexistent budget.
It’s called the TX2K15, and if you’re into fast street cars, it’s an event that you just have to check out. Held annually in the Houston area, TX2K15 if actually several events all held during the same March weekend. The events include a roll race, a dyno challenge, a drag race, and activities that the promoters call “after dark”.
It’s early March and still only 11 degrees in Dearborn, MI. Four of us are standing there freezing our balls off, as the blue Stingray is being unloaded from a trailer wearing New York tags. It’s been a long winter, and the owner has been dreaming about more horsepower since the snow started to fly some five months ago.
The plain hard fact of the matter is: If you drive it on the street, if it has plates on it, and you can get away with it, then dammit it’s a street car. And, if we meet up and we race, and you kick my ass because you can get away with more than I can, then I’ll be jealous. But, that doesn’t make your ride any less legit .
In the fall of 1985, a new type of car magazine first appeared on the bookshelves of America. It was bold, brash, irreverent, and very, very different. Cars Illustrated, first published as the Schneider Performance Series from CSK Publishing, came into a market at a time when most car magazines were concerned with custom paint, chrome supercharger intakes, and car show detailing tips.