Amos captures Rocky Mountain Stick Shifters club bracketed race
Teresa Amos made a little deal with her husband.
He could get a 2001 Chevrolet Camero only if she could race it.
Saturday night, Amos, from Golden, won her first race in the Camero at the Western Colorado Dragway. She won the Rocky Mountain Stick Shifters club bracketed race with a time of 15.10 seconds at 95.27 mph.
“My husband wanted a new car and I wanted to race,” Amos said. “It worked out good.”
Dan Elliott, who entered Saturday’s race leading the season points standings, took second place in his 1979 Chevrolet Malibu Classic station wagon with the words Grocery Getter on the windows.
“It is put together on a low budget, but it’s got a good motor (355-cubic inch) in it,” Elliott said.
The RMSS is based in Denver and has races throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. The old-school racing club with a foot-operated clutch, no electronics and must be manual transmissions.
“We’re trying to revive the old-style drag racing,” RMSS President Ralph Martinez said. “Back when you had to learn how to drive to win.”
The club started with 15 members four years ago and now has 33. RMSS has several sponsors that provides prize money to help drivers with travel expenses.
Amos was competing in only her third Rocky Mountain Club event. She is getting to race, in part, because her husband’s race car is broken down and she is taking advantage of it.
“I’m over here and it’s my son’s 11th birthday,” she said. “I owe him.”
Her 11-year-old son, Andy, though, was having fun he said, watching his mother, the only female driver in the RMSS history, beat all the men.
Amos, though, is no stranger to racing. Her mother, Linda Olson, encouraged her to race Jeeps on the ice at Georgetown.
“My mom says gasoline runs in our veins,” Amos said.
She is one of several drivers that simply prefer the challenges of racing a manual over an automatic transmission, including Grand Junction’s Jim Hughes, a former NHRA National Stock Car champion.
“I’ve always drove (sticks),” Hughes said. “I’ve tried automatics a couple times and didn’t like it.”
Amos narrowly beat Hughes and his 1969 Chevy Nova in the semifinal round.
Elliott, who is looking for his first season points title, eliminated Craig Seyfried of Colorado Springs and his 1960 Ford Fairlane in the other semifinal.
Seyfried’s Fairlane is easy to spot because it looks exactly like Andy Griffith’s police car in the old Andy Griffith Show — including the siren.
“I intended it to be a show car, but Henry Lanier told me about the Stick Shift Club and suggested I try racing it,” Seyfried said. “I tried it and got hooked.”