The Schwartz Performance team has absolutely dominated the month of July, bringing home two awesome awards. The first is the Popular Hot Rodding Muscle Car of the Year, awarded to the Full Force 1981 Trans Am and the second was Car Craft Magazine’s Pro Builder of the Year award, announced at the Car Craft Summer Nationals in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Fellow SIM magazine, Popular Hot Rodding, scanned National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio, on July 15th seeking the “baddest street cars in the country” and compiled a list of 14 awesome cars that competed on the strip, in autocross, and in a speed-stop challenge in a quest to obtain the title of Muscle Car of the Year.
Jeff Schwartz, president of Schwartz Performance, piloted the Full Force Trans Am, which is equipped with a twin turbo LS9 and Schwartz G-Machine Chassis. “I was thrilled with the out-of-the-box performance of our Trans Am,” said Schwartz. “I want to thank the team at Schwartz Performance as well as all of the great companies that have helped get this car on the track. We’re looking forward to getting on the standing mile to prove our goal of 200 mph.”
The Trans Am dominated the competition, turning mid-11 second passes at 133 mph (on street tires with detuned boost), and displaying solid performance in autocross and speed-stopping.
A week later, the Schwartz team Minnesota for the Car Craft Nationals, where the team accepted the Pro Builder of the Year award for a 1967 big block Malibu. The Malibu also features a Schwartz G-Machine chassis and is stuffed with a 509 and twin 76mm turbochargers.
"It was an honor to be selected to participate in the Car Craft Pro Builder Competition, and it’s a privilege to have won the award,” Schwartz said. “I guess Car Craft readers really enjoy big blocks with big power! Again, thanks to the dedicated team at the shop as well as the customer that allowed us to build such an amazing car.”