Experienced by Adrian McQueen
This has been an eventful season in the automotive world with a cadre of car shows, drag races, circuit races and ultimate custom builds. The grand finale of every season is the Haltech World Cup Finals aka Import vs Domestic which highlights drag racing action from all over the world. Pre registration for Import vs Domestic was limited to 400 racers and all the slots filled up in just two days. The classes for the event are Outlaw 10.5, Extreme Compact, Limited Drag Radial, Modified Compact, X275 and Hot Rod Plus Street Fighter, Super Street, True Street and All Motor classes made up of high horsepower street cars. The event draws hundreds of Heads-Up racers competing for over $80,000 in cash prizes.
Import vs Domestic is the meeting place where racers converge onto one track to settle the score. It is nothing short of amazing to see cars run the ¼ mile in record numbers. Some of the trailers at the event even looked like car shops. After passes, we witnessed motors being replaced, axels being swapped and a lot of wrench work. With the 2,300′ vendor midway one could easily purchase something as small spark plugs and car care products all the way up to Mickey Thompson tires and a turbo charger from Haltech.
The World Cup Finals (WCF) is more than just races. The custom car show was complete with classics and exotics that left spectators in awe and sparked many discussions between the owner and fans describing the life story of each of the vehicles. The custom car show is presented by Gary Best Kustumz with cash and trophy awards for all the winners. WCF definitely was the place to showcase the custom paint jobs, matte wraps and the latest industry trends.
Last but not least was the bikini contest that was put on by the renowned International Bikini Team and hosted by actress, fitness enthusiast and acclaimed pro model Jessica Barton and the 2016 WCF girls Angela Richard, Diana Whitt and Ednyr Marie. The International Bikini Team is presented by Victory Precision Machine and is always a crowd favorite at WCF. Setup perfectly during the races downtime, the crowd flooded the staging area to cheer on their favorite beauty.
Jason and Chris aka the Miller brothers have spent countless hours to revamp. Hundreds of racers contributed their input to Miller Brothers Productions (MBP) so that the 2016 rule changes would reflect what the racers wanted and what was best for the sport. A live broadcast deal was also inked with SpeedVideo.com and Dragzine.com to simulcast the event. MBP also held live Facebook Q&A sessions prior to the event for all to get a true feel of what was in store. Maryland International Raceway built new bleachers on the spectator side that accommodated many more spectators and these were packed to capacity. MBP and the Maryland International Raceway staff were more than gracious to all involved including the racers, vendors, media and the patrons.
WCF just keeps getting bigger and better every year! Enjoy the photo gallery.