2007 GTO Dedute
Hairston Motorsports and Racing debuted a new Jerry Bickel Race Cars 2007 GTO at the PSCA "West Coast Shootout" in August at the California Speedway. Their first full pass on Sunday morning netted an impressive 6.57 ET @ 218 MPH. Clint Hairston commented following the run that the "car went straight but drove through the clutch in 4th and 5th gear. My shift light never went out after the 4th gear change! The car feels rocket ship fast."
The new car sports the familiar Hugger Orange and Pearl White paint scheme that made their 1972 Pro Street Z28 Camaro so popular with the fans over the last 3 years. Jim Hairston, Team Owner, said "we debated the paint job for several months but all agreed to stay with what our fans seemed to like. Starside Design did a great job on the graphics."
The Bickel GTO has all the latest technology and is built to Pro Mod standards including double frame rails, a Mark Williams full floater rear end and a stretched 110" wheelbase with a composite Five Star body. Jake Hairston, Team Crew Chief, commented "Ken Duttweiler and I have a new twin turbo small block combination de-stroking the engine to 372 cubic inches and strengthen the rotating assembly and block for more reliability. We plan on revving the engine higher."
Pertronix Performance Products including their exhaust brands, Doug's Headers and Patriot Exhaust, returns as the major sponsor on the new car. Additional Sponsors include Duttweiler Performance, East West Clutches, Mickey Thompson Tires, Russell, Precision Turbo, Starside Design, ARP, Comp Cams, SCE, Dart and Specialty Fasteners.
"We plan on racing the car at the remaining PSCA 2007 events and the Super Car Nationals in Las Vegas," commented Jim Hairston.