Here is Ron’s K motor and his experimental intake manifold that made tons more power than everyone else at the time. I remember he was trying to scare up the money to make the tooling to cast these. I believe someone eventually stole the design from him or something and now there are a few manifolds on the market that bear some resemblance to the original IPS. Anyway here is the manifold, the first of the big plenum K motor manifolds.
The rest of the motor was equally impressive. I believe it made something like high 300’s on gasoline out of 2400cc which is still something to proud of years later. Nowadays everyone runs methanol and super high compression from larger engine combinations and makes well over 400 hp.
Of course, there is the one and only Chris Rado. His Scion TC was a monster built by the mad scientist Bob Norwood and later refined by Brian Kono. On this day he was the runner up to the Berganholtz Brothers. Now his World Motorsports organization mostly works on exotic cars and we always use his awesome dyno!
This event was sort of sad to me, all of my friends I went to see did well but I missed the days of the IDRC with interesting cars and enthusiastic fans. I was also amazed at Import Drag Racings meteoric decline in popularity. I think some of it was that the NHRA didn’t understand what was the appeal of import racing but like I said before, that what a whole different subject.
Some of my recollection of the day may be fuzzy so if anyone else can remember details chip in on the comments below.