Classic Hot Rods Take On Modern Muscle Cars In Drag Race Action

It's old classics against modern muscle cars as each side tries to prove which is faster in the quarter-mile.

Muscle versus classic

It’s time for another compilation of old-school muscle cars taking on their modern incarnations for drag strip supremacy.

Welcome back to Mission Park Raceway, British Columbia’s premiere drag strip. Here, muscle cars from across the land (and not just Canada) come to battle it out in high-octane action.

As is often the case with these sorts of locales, you get a good mix of modern sports cars pitted against classic cars that look like they’d be just as home in a museum as on the track. But don’t be fooled by their pristine appearance: these cars aren’t just for show. They’ve been tuned to have as much power as anything from today’s manufacturers, although sometimes that’s not enough to achieve victory. It’s always down to the skill of the driver.

First up, we have a C6-gen Corvette ZR1 against what appears to be an older Buick. The previous-gen ‘Vette is certain to have at least 638 hp from its 6.2-L supercharged V8 engine, while the Buick is an utter mystery. We know it’s at least got something comparable given how the race is neck and neck, with the winner only able to be determined by who’s light comes on first (sadly, the final times aren’t quite visible due to trouble with the camera’s focus).

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Next, we have a modern Mustang GT against a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. We know from previous races that the ‘Cuda has a 7.0-L HEMI V8 with at least 925 horsepower, so unless that GT is packing a surprise it doesn’t have a hope in hell of defeating that Plymouth.

And it doesn’t. Without so much as a “by your leave,” the Barracuda is off like a rocket and leaves the GT in the dust, finishing in 9.5 seconds. The GT is no slouch at 10.5 seconds, but it’s just not in the Barracuda’s league.

Other races include modern Chargers against their classic counterparts, as well as Challengers, Demons, Chevy Novas, and more. Check out the video above to see why old doesn’t necessarily mean slow.

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