Although officially founded in 1996, Gilbert Motorsports can trace its roots back as far as the late 80’s to any number of motocross tracks along the east coast. By the mid 90’s, team owner Kris Gilbert had traded in his off-road boots for a fire suit as he and team driver, Quentin Metheny, began drag racing their cars down tracks all over Virginia, including the famous Old Dominion Speedway. Quentin spent the next several years honing his skills and earning a solid reputation as a top contender with his 1967 Chevy II.
Quentin is a consistent and disciplined driver, and that’s what wins races. ~ Kris Gilbert.
That consistency and discipline will be on display as Quentin Metheny will be competing in PDRA and Southern Outlaw Top Sportsmen events inside of the Pro-Modified 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Featuring an 815 cubic inch Lee Edwards Racing engine and a Wayne Rogers power glide transmission, this is not a car you’re going to want to miss. If the Camaro isn’t enough for you, the team will also feature a Super Pro 1957 Chevy Bel Air powered by a 434 Chevy small block and power glide transmission.
Racing truly is a family sport, which led the team to add two junior dragsters to the roster in early 2015. These machines, piloted by Jacob and Chase Gilbert, are manufactured by Half Scale Dragsters, Inc. and are the perfect way introduce the newest generation of racers to the sport. They are built with safety and adjustability in mind and will offer the kids a unique insight into racing by helping them realize the dedication and many hours of preparation it takes to achieve those few seconds of glory. It may not seem fast to the adults, but 40 mph to a child might as well be 400mph.
I grew up watching monster trucks, so when the opportunity came to purchase The Virginia Giant it was a childhood dream come true. ~ Kris Gilbert.
In September 2014 the team made a move that would propel them into a whole new arena by acquiring the legendary Virginia Giant Monster Truck team. Although the Giant may have found a new home, IMTM Hall of Fame driver Diehl Wilson still holds his place in the driver’s seat of one of America’s first monster trucks.
Monster Truck fever worsened in 2016 as Gilbert Motorsports welcomed Toxic. Originally built for Petri Motorsports in New York, the Toxic truck has been delighting fans of all ages with it’s bright green and orange radioactive design and 1500 horsepower engine. We couldn’t be more excited to get behind the wheel of this future legend and crush a few cars!
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. ~ Babe Ruth
Gilbert Motorsports holds itself to the highest standards of professionalism and sportsmanship, both on and off the track. In the world of motor racing, both racers and fans alike are a loyal group and are first in line to support the companies that support them. Sponsorship opportunities are available and we are ready to taylor a package that accurately represents your brand.