The Judge: Drag Week is a torture test for a race car.
Drag Week is a torture test for a race car. Proving that something most wouldn’t consider a street car can really be a street car for over 1000 miles while making some really fast passes is tough on anyone, but when you meet Richard Guido you quickly realize he is a mad man.
This is what a 10 second GTO that runs 5000+ Drag Weeks looks like.
Richard has a disease (as does his brother) some kind of madness that causes him to drive long distances and go as fast as possible because he doesn’t own a trailer to haul his car around with, it’s a great excuse to get out on the road and start clocking miles. Richard drives his 1965 Pontiac GTO from Red Deer Alberta Canada all the way to Drag Week, wherever it may be. The big block powered stick car gets driven not only the 1000+ miles of the event but also the 5000+ miles to get there and back home again.
While he is doing the long drives Richard is also racing. The big black GTO makes consistent mid 10 sec passes on the current setup. For 2016 Richard had a 517 cubic inch Pontiac built by Muscle Motors, backing that is a T56 Magnum 6 speed transmission. Currently Richard is prepping the engine in hopes to run in the 9’s for Drag Week 2017.
Looks just as good from the back as it does the front.
Richard bought his GTO from an orchard years ago. He then began the tear down and complete rebuild in his garage. He handled everything from the paint to the drive train and interior. The goat now sits in some shiny black paint with a slick red interior.
Richard has now done Drag Week on 4 separate occasions, with 2015 being done in his G8. He’s placed as high as second in 2013 in Big Block Street Race NA. He has broke 2 TKO 600’s but carries a spare in the trunk. I think this is the for when it breaks not if situations.
The sad state of the GTO when Rich pulled it from the orchard.
Being a fan of heads up racing, street cars and getting the best personal e.t. he can Drag Week has always been something that fits his personal style. Drag Week brings out the best in people and brings the best people to the same place, the cars are pretty cool too!
He hopes to run in the 9’s in for 2017, and hopefully beat Frank Romano in the Stick Car Challenge. He has to give a big thanks to Muscle Motors for the bad ass 517 Pontiac.