Purple Haze
Barry Barker - Cypress, Texas
1971 Challenger convertible

  • 440
  • Stock rods with Keith Black pistons; 9.2 compression ratio
  • Stock crankshaft
  • Hughes HE3038 camshaft; 230 at .050-inch
  • Ported 452 heads
  • Edelbrock Performer with Edelbrock carburetor
  • 727 transmission with 11-inch Circle D converter
  • tti headers with 211/42-inch exhaust
  • 831/44 with Sure Grip and 3.23 gears
  • Won Round One against Robert Greenlee
  • Won Round Two against Rusty Webster
  • Lost in final Round to Bobby Drake

    Barry definitely has one gorgeous '71 Challenger convertible. He brought out his showroom-condition ride to show that Mopars were made to race. before Barry bought the Challenger, he wanted an E-Body, while his wife wanted a Corvette. When Barry's wife left for a trip, her words of "don't buy a car while I'm gone" must have gotten lost in translation, because that's when Barry found and acquired the '71. The car underwent the required rebuild, and in Barry's words, "Cars are meant for the drag strip," so he started driving and racing it from time to time. Barry tells us his car ran its fastest pass down the quarter-mile this weekend.

    60-ft 1/8-mile/mph 1/4-mile/mph Driver Comments
    2.127 8.82/82.05 13.62/103.38 Spin at launch
    2.032 8.72/81.91 13.54/102.19 1/2 throttle launch, lower tire pressure
    2.041 8.77/81.75 13.58/101.83 Same as previous
    1.979 8.62/82.45 13.41/103.63 Best run ever