Goodguys 6th North Carolina Nationals CPP AutoCross Series Recap

East Coast AutoCrossers were happy to be back on course racing in the CPP AutoCross Series, and they kept the engines revvin’ and tires squealing throughout the 6th Griot’s Garage North Carolina Nationals weekend. With no PRO-X race cars on the grounds, the 50-plus drivers filled the PRO, Street Machine, Truck, and Challenger classes and put on a great showing for the fans lining the fence.

There were some familiar faces capturing overall class wins, including Bob Bertelsen and his “Green Mamba” ’68 Corvette in PRO; Bill Graves Sr. and his ’66 Corvette in the Forgeline Street Machine class; Patrick McGinnis in his ’65 Ranchero taking the LMC Truck class win; and Christopher Haigeler in his Factory Five roadster winning the FiTech Challenger class.

Most of those drivers doubled up on wins by also claiming “Rumble in Raleigh” Shootout victories. The Shootout action had to be contested early on Saturday with a strong threat of rain in the forecast. Bertelsen won the PRO portion of the Rumble in Raleigh Shootout on Saturday, Graves captured the Street Machine Shootout win, and Haigler topped the ladder in the Truck/Challenger portion of the Rumble when he went head-to-head with Truck class winner McGinnis in the final round.

The skies cleared Saturday night and the Meguiar’s All American Sunday AutoCross action was full throttle! A strong contingent of late model rides rolled in Sunday morning, but in the end it was Teddy Collier who added his name to the list of double-up winners claiming the Wilwood Disc Brakes All American Sunday class win and the 8-car All American Shootout victory driving his 2016 Shelby Mustang.

Teddy Collier

Photos by Damon Lee & Todd Ryden

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A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.