Fastest Street Legal Race Cars In America

The very definition of what is actually a “street-legal” race car can certainly be argued. “Street-legal” no longer just refers to being licensed and able to be driven on the street. In fact, many talk about having fast cars that are street-legal, however some come up short in the true definition of the term. But, for our purposes, the definition of a street legal racing car is one you can drive on the road, and compete with on the track, then drive it home. This often requires compliance to safety regulations making sure the automobile has appropriate lights, signals, etc. In America, a majority of our driving laws and regulations are state driven as a function of police power. For many years, police and civilians battled it out on the streets until the police finally had enough and began imposing sanctions and regulations through their state government. All this said, there are still many street-legal rides tearing up the pavement and burning tread. For example, Larry Larson owner of Larson Race Cars set a new racing milestone at the Street Car Super Nationals in November 2014 running a 5.95 in his world record-setting Chevy S-10. With the run, Larson’s S-10 became the first street legal car ever clocked in the fives. Although widely renown race car builders such as Steve Morris, Larry Larson cars make up the bulk of the fastest street legal list, as always there are always a few sleepers creeping up to the competition. Below we’ve rounded up some of the fastest street-legal cars in the game:

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1. Mike Roy’s 71′ Monte Carlo

Mike Roy pilots a 4,000 pound 1971 Monte Carlo. When you have a heavy car with lots of power, driveline parts take a beating. He’s on his tenth transmission since he added turbos, including two in the two weeks leading up to Drag Week 2013. An 8.16-second pass has been his best ET.

2. Tom Bailey’s 69’ Camaro

In 2013, Tom Bailey covered one thousand miles, running at tracks across the country in a five day span, with five six-second passes. Bailey drives a full race ’69 Camaro, and recently posted a 6.52 elapsed time at 217 miles per hour. And get this–the car is absolutely street-legal: the lights work, and like many Unlimited class drivers, Tom pulls a small equipment trailer with it! Bailey’s car is equipped with a 615 cubic inch Steve Morris engine with twenty-five pounds of turbo boost. Tom, along with engine builder Morris not only won Drag Week 2013, but they were the first to run five consecutive six second passes at Drag Week!


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  • fox

    awesome

  • johnburke699@yahoo.com

    Like to keep updated! Love Rods!

  • CHARLES

    tHEY DIDN’T EVEN SHOW lARRY lARSONS NOVA THAT HAS HELD THE FASTEST STREET CAR RECORD FOR 5 OUT OF THE LAST 6 YEARS,I HAVE A CAR HE BUILT IN THE MID 90’S.

  • ron bonnette

    Nice car

  • JMo

    That Mach 1 belongs to Steve Ayesh, not Morris

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