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HISTORIC FORD DRAG CARS

Here we take a look back at some historic Ford race cars. These are the cars that went into battle on the quarter mile back in the day. Some are well known, some are not. They are all a part of Ford's drag racing history. Click here to submit your historic Ford drag car.


RICK AUXIER BOSS 429 MUSTANG

Yet another Boss 429 drag car, this was originally campaigned by Rick Auxier. It was ran in SS/C with Boss power from 1971 to 74. Auxier then converted it to 351 Cleveland power to run A/SM, where it captured four NHRA national event wins. The next owner bracket raced it several years. Purchased in 1990, it's been restored to it's Boss 429 SS/C appearance by current owner Dave Redman.


KEN COSTELLA BOSS 429 MUSTANG

This Mustang started life as a Boss 429 Prototype. Dennis Patrick modified it into a drag car, racing it from 1969 to 1973. Mods included a straight axle, fuel injection, Boss and Wedge 429's, and a wild set of Larson headers.


BILL ARPS FAIRLANE & COUGAR

Bill Arps campaigned both a 1968 390 GT Fairlane 500 and a 1969 428 SCJ 4-speed Cougar at Windsor Dragway in Windsor, Ontario. Bill won many races in '68 with the Fairlane, and was the 1969 Stock points champ at Windsor with his "Mr. Lucky" Cougar.


DENNIS KOLODZIEJ THUNDERBOLTS

Thunderbolt historian Dennis Kolodziej owns a pair of the lightweight 427 Hi-Riser Fairlanes, the AHRA championship winning Bob Ford car, and the Gilmer Ford "Strip Teaser."


BILL CAMPBELL E/SA TORINO INDY PACE CAR

Canadian drag racer Bill Campbell hails from Moncton, New Brunswick. Bill's E/SA '68 Torino ragtop is one of two dealer ordered Indy Pace Cars equipped with a 428 Cobra Jet and C-6 transmission. Bill converted his ultra-rare R-code to '69 trim in 1979, and has raced it as a '69 model ever since.


DON WOLANCHUCK SUPER STOCKERS

Don raced both Fairlanes and Mustangs, he held a NHRA record with his '68 SS/FA Mustang in 1970, 71, and 72. He also won a Division 3 points meet in 1970 at Lapeer Dragway in Lapeer, Michigan.


SAM AUXIER ULTRA STOCK MUSTANG

In 1969, Sam Auxier Jr. briefly tore up the drag strips with this 427 Tunnel port powered monster. Sam moved on to a Pro Stock Maverick in 1970, and his Mustang, like so many race cars, went through many owners and led a very rough life. So many of the old drag cars have disappeared, but this one has survived. Todd Claxton is now restoring the old AHRA Ultra Stock '69 Mustang to it's former glory.


AL JONIEC SUPER STOCK BOSS 429

Al Joniec was one of Ford's team drivers, and he successfully raced a variety of Ford's over the years. In 1969, Joniec took delivery of this extremely rare Boss 429, which he campaigned in Super Stock and Pro Stock. The big black Boss survived the years, and has recently been painstaking restored to it's '69 configuation by Joe Spinelli.


KRIS RACHFORD E/STOCK COBRA

Kris Rachford's Q-code '69 Cobra has been a race car for many years, it was previously run in NHRA E/Stock by his father. The Cobra still retains the same paint scheme it had back in the day, and Kris pushes the 428 CJ 4-speed combo to mid-10's in the quarter mile.


BILL & MIKE MCGEE DRAG TEAM MUSTANG

The McGee's '70 428 Mustang was part of Ford of Canada's Performance Clinic, a traveling drag team that also included a 427 SOHC Mustang, 429-CJ Cyclone, and a 428-CJ Cougar. The Barrie Poole-prepped car was ran in Super Stock by Scott Wilson and Louie Rivait. Bill purchased the Mustang in 1975, replacing it's missing engine with another 428. Today, the retired drag car is occasionally driven on the street, and it retains 99% of it's original custom paint.


RUSTY GILLIS SUPER STOCK MUSTANG

This '69 Mustang has interesting origins, being built by Ford as a Q-code 428 car, with a Boss 302 body. Rusty bought the Mustang in 1970 from Ford team driver Hubert Platt, and he successfully ran it with a 428 CJ in NHRA Super Stock. Rusty still owns and races it today, and it looks very similar to it's 1970's paint scheme.


JIM DEMMITT FORDS

Jim Demmitt Sr. raced a variety of serious Fords over the years, including a 427 '57 T-Bird, a Thunderbolt, a Holman Moody Stroppe-built 427 Hi-Riser A/FX Mustang, and a SOHC Pro Stock Maverick. His son, Jim Demmitt Jr., still has the T-bird, now powered by a blown Boss 429.


BOBBY SPEARS A/STOCK GALAXIE

In 1964, Bobby Spears drove his Lafayette Ford Lightweight Galaxie to a NHRA national record with an 11.60 pass at 125 mph. In 1965 and 66, the Hi-Riser 427 powered the big Ford to wins at Hot Rod Magazine meets at Riverside, and the NHRA Division 7 A/S points championship. The Galaxie was sold, and Bobby moved on to a another record holder, a '66 427 Fairlane. Bobby found his old Galaxie in 2002, and has recently completed it's restoration.


PRESTON WHITACRE SUPER STOCK GT500

East-coast shoe Preston Whitacre piloted this killer GT500 in Super Stock and Modified Production in the 1960's and 70's. He also briefly competed in Pro Stock with a wild Tunnel Port motivated Pinto. The GT500 is now restored to factory appearance.


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