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IDRC Long Horn Nationals - San Antonio, Texas, November 9, 2002

What's the story?
The Import Drag Racing Circuit, or IDRC, held the final race of its Central Division Championships at San Antonio's River City Raceway on November 9. Always up for some top-notch racing, shined-up tuner cars, and sweet Texas sunshine, Warren and Matt took off for the Lone Star state to represent Crutchfield to the fans and entrants.

Who was in the booth?
True to form, San Antonio welcomed us with cloudless skies and temperatures in the 70's. We rolled through town and quickly took in some of the sights like the Alamo and RiverWalk. But Kicker had agreed to show their off the chain Mercury Cougar at our tent, so we made it out to the track early on Saturday morning. Over 6,000 fans and 350 cars were expected and we wanted to be ready.

The Cougar has one of the more imaginative installations we've seen in a while. Four Kicker amps and two SoloBaric L7 10" subs in vented boxes seem to swirl around a sculpted cougar's head with red LEDs in his eyes. The fiberglass mounts look fantastic and sound great.

Show highlights
The IDRC is primarily a racing event. Contestants competed in one of five classes: Pro, Outlaw, Quick, Street, and All-Motor. This was the final race of the Central Division Championship, and the next to last before the IDRC Finals. The points race was especially close in the Outlaw class. In a nail-biter of a final, Carlos Montano clinched the IDRC National Championship and the $20,000 purse with an 8.387 quarter mile time, peaking at over 160 mph! Ron Lummus secured the National Championship runner-up spot in the Outlaw class with his 10.811. To see a complete list of the other winners from the weekend, plus car show highlights and more pictures, click here.

While the racing was the weekend's showcase event, over 60 tuners showed up to compete in the car show. There was a good range of vehicles out, including the usual run of Civics, Preludes, and RX-7s, as well as some European models and trucks. We also spotted a nice Subaru WRX, which continues to grow in popularity among tuners.

A Visonik-sponsored Nissan Pathfinder probably made the biggest impression on us, though. Decked out with sixteen 12" subs in a custom enclosure, four V800HC amps, four capacitors, and eight batteries, this monster totally blasted.

The IDRC kicks off the 2003 season January 18 in Hawaii. While we'd love to make that one, we'll probably have to wait til they get a bit closer to home. But with 10 races and 3 divisional championships held around the country, chances are that one is within driving distance of where you live. Check out our Event Calendar for dates and locations of IDRC and other shows. Look for the ones in bold — we'll be at those shows. Stop by to pick up a catalog and say hello.

To see our gallery of more photos from the show, click here.

Beautiful San Antonio is home to two world-class attractions — the Alamo and the River City Raceway.


Kicker brought out their Mercury Cougar to our tent in the vendor lot.


The custom fiberglass installation mimics the growl of the Cougar's bass-heavy system.


This Civic sported a clear, fiberglass hood to show off the engine.


Priorities, priorities...the head rests had to come off the Visonik Pathfinder to accommodate all sixteen 12" subs.


Eight batteries and four capacitors keep the Visonik Pathfinder supplied with plenty of juice.

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