Pro Touring #52{Live Coverage for the 2013 SoCal Challenge Finale – and Bowler Transmission’s Day at the Strip!

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The Nitty Gritty:

Welcome to Episode 51 of  the Podcast!

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For those new to the scene, the podcast show is hosted by myself and Larry Callahan, the owner of

The show is sponsored by the fantastic hot rod wiring supply company, Ron Francis Wiring, and we’re very appreciative that they were our FIRST EVER show sponsor, and the first sponsor to re-sign for 2013!



If you dig Larry Woo's insanely fast '68's for sale. AFTER the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational!
If you dig Larry Woo’s insanely fast ’68 Camaro….it’s for sale. AFTER the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational!

1) SEMA dinner tickets – SOLD OUT!

2) Larry Woo’s ’68 Camaro is for sale – and you can buy it after the 2013 OUSCI!

3) Goodguys PRO Class feature drivers will be signing autographs at SEMA! All 10 drivers will be on hand at the Goodguys booth on Wednesday from 10-11am to sign the posters and meet with fans. The drivers include Rob McGregor, Mary Pozzi, Bret Voelkel, Mike Maier, Brian Finch, Phil Gerber,Cheryl Herrick, Kyle & Stacy Tucker and Roger Burman.

4) Also on Wednesday, at 2pm the winners of the all new “Goodguys GOLD” awards will be announced at the Goodguys booth. These brand new, exclusive awards will be presented to just 5 lucky winners. All cars on display at SEMA which have a Goodguys decal on their windshield will be eligible for a Goodguys GOLD award. Award winners will receive a special billet anodized GOLD bar trophy as well as an invitation to the Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals November 15-17 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona to park in a special area reserved for GOLD winners.


Past Events Coverage:

1) 2013 SoCal Challenge Finale
Segment Winners – Featured Interviews!
Truck Class – Rob McGreagor driving “Hellboy”
Classic Car Class –  Cris from  JCG driving “Blu Balz”


2) Bowler Transmissions Day at the Strip!

Saturday Top 5 (16 cars competed)
New Class (1980 – Present)
1st Tom Mcbride 2013 Mustang
2nd Casey Zink 2009 WRX
3rd Reginald Sandy 2006 WRX
4th Mark Gizzie 1999 Camaro
5th Brandon Burress 2010 Camaro

Saturday Top 5 (34 cars competed)
Pro-Touring (1980 – older)
1st Billy Utley 1972 Nova
2nd Rich Gregory 1969 Camaro
3rd Larry Woo 1968 Camaro
4th Bob Bertleson 1970 Camaro
5th Aaron Oberle 1965 Malibu

Top 10 Shootout (Sunday)
1st – Billly Utley 1972 Nova
2nd – Tom Farrington 1966 Chevelle
3rd – Bob Bertlesen 1970 Camaro
4th – Rich Gregory 1969 Camaro
5th – Aaron Oberle 1965 Malibu
6th – Richard Grav 1971 Spitfire
7th – Eric Earney 1967 Camaro
8th – Greg Cullum 1969 Camaro
9th – Dan Ballard 1972 Nova
10th – Mike Ballard 1997 Camaro

The Top 10 were then given 3 runs. We took all three runs and did an average for the fastest combined time. The fastest would move on to the Top 5. So this was a challenge, constancy was important here. Everyone loved this part, but it made some challenges and changed the line up.

Top 5 Shootout (Sunday)
1st – Billly Utley 1972 Nova
2nd – Tom Farrington 1966 Chevelle
3rd – Rich Gregory 1969 Camaro
5th – Aaron Oberle 1965 Malibu
6th – Richard Grav 1971 Spitfire

Billy Utely ended up dominating the event. It is amazing how well he can drive the ’72 Nova. He won the Pro-Touring class, The top 10 and the top 5 shootout. So he walked away with the trophy, $500 cash and other goodies from the Bowler Performance Autocross challenge.


UpComing Events!

10/25/2013 Goodguys Southeastern Nationals – Charlotte Motor Speedway11/09/2013 Goodguys Autumn Get-Together – Pleasanton, CA

11/09/2013 Optima Batteries Ultimate Streetcar Invitational

11/15/2013 Goodguys Southwest Nationals – Scottsdale, AZ

11/22/2013 Goodguys Fall Del Mar Nationals


Be On The Show!

A big welcome to Hotchkis Performance – our newest podcast show sponsor! Many of you know John Hotchkis as a pioneer in our industry – and he’s definitely a person to credit for the fun we get to have today. Be sure to check them out at For a full interview with John Hotchkis on how he built his company, check out the Cars For A Living Podcast Show (Episode #10).

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