The OSUSC Podcast – Episode #13


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Welcome to the Optima Search For the Ultimate Street Car Series Podcast! This show is produced twice–per-month show and will be a great way to keep people informed on everything going on, from rules discussions, to event coverage, and to feature interviews with competitors and people of interest!

The show is hosted by myself (Rob Kibbe) and Race Director Jimi Day. Our goal is to bring you all of the latest and greatest information possible…plus have plenty of fun along with way. Feel free to e-mail us with feedback and questions, and we’ll work as many of them can into the show!

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Jimi Day







Ron Sutton’s 2015 Workshop!


BIG NEWS! Ron Sutton’s 2015 Workshop and Book Tour has been scheduled….and you can attend! This is your chance to spend a full day with Ron and learn how to design and improve YOUR CAR for the best performance possible. Three different dates for the workshop are available yet in 2015….but book now because Ron may never put these on again! Visit to learn more and register for your spot.

Remaining 2015 Workshops:

1. Thursday, Sept 10 – Near Holley LS Fest – Bowling Green, Kentucky
2. Thursday, Oct 1 – Near the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals – Fort Worth, Texas
3. Thursday, Nov 5 – Near SEMA & the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, Las Vegas, NV

“I never sell in a workshop. Never. I educate. Even if I love a product, I don’t sell anyone. That’s just not my style. No one sells or “pitches” any products in my workshops. If you attend my workshop, you will walk away with valuable, powerful information you understand to help make your car handle better & more fun to drive. I guarantee it.” – Ron Sutton
Phone/Text: (916) 834-8051


Feature Interview – Martin Pond

Mercury Zephyr Wagon


Martin Pond (far right) takes the podium for a third place finish in the Speed Stop at Charlotte!


In this episode of the OSUSC podcast we were fortunate enough to bring on Martin Pond for another of our in depth “car and driver” feature interviews. Martin was the very first Spirit of the Event winner in the OSUSC Series ever, but he’s likely most famous for being the fast guy in either a Ford Fairmont or Mercury Zephyr wagon! He has also done a terrific job of having “fun on a budget” and took a recent podium finish in the Speed Stop at Charlotte.

As you’ll hear in the interview, Martin’s first true competitive laps came in the OPTIMA series just last year. He chose the Fairmont/Zephyr platform specifically because it was unique as well as an affordable way to get a Fox Body chassis (79-93 Mustang) but with a longer more stable wheelbase that would accept all of the best Fox Body Mustang components of the era. His Zephyr wagon has a 50/50 weight balance, a Cobra IRS system in the rear, an SVO Mustang front sub-frame, and other “hand picked” Fox Body go fast components (via Craigslist) as well. More unbelievable is that he was able to assemble his entire wagon for roughly $6K as a result!

Martin also recently won a Legend Gear LGT-700 high revving 5-speed transmission at Thunderhill as well which is now installed in his Zehpyr! This transmission is known for it’s compact design (which reduces or prevents the “cutting” required of floors for most installs), high power handling capability, and quick shifting capability even at high revs (up to 8000 RPM), all of which are features that have worked to Martin’s advantage. Legend Gear will be awarding another 3 transmissions this year to lucky OSUSC candidates as well!

If you would like to reach out to Martin (or follow his adventures) you may do so via his Facebook page.

Thanks for the great interview, Martin!

-Rob & Jimi