|'68 Dodge Coronet|
Rick is a reader of Mopar Muscle and read last year's coverage and decided he would try and enter in 2010. "I knew I didn't have the prettiest car, but it's fast and I thought I would have a chance at winning." Sure enough, he was easily the fastest car in the competition. With what the car didn't have in look-at-me paint, it made up for tenfold on the street and going down the strip.
11s come easy, thanks to a powerful combination 440 that was built by Performance Machine in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The short-block was bored .030-inch over and sports a .560-lift cam with 267-degrees duration. The thump emitting from Rick's Hooker headers and Flowmaster mufflers is rather menacing, and this RB draws in air through a Quick Fuel Holley 850 carb attached to a Holley Street Dominator intake manifold and Edelbrock heads. Rick converted the car over to a Mopar Performance electronic ignition for more efficient power and spark. The power is sent through a 727 that was rebuilt by Ultimate Transmission in Boise, Idaho, which holds up to the endless beating that Rick subjects this B-Body to on the street and strip.
To put the road manners of this Coronet into perspective, we had to really understand that this was a legitimate mid 11-second car that felt no different than any of the other well-behaved cars on the street. Rick even managed to pull the front tire off the ground under his ferocious 1.57-second 60-foot short time. This car is every bit as easy-going on the street as it was to cruise into the 11s.
|'70 Plymouth Duster|
The only real casualty of this year's event-seems like there is one every year-was Julie Reynolds' '70 Duster. Before we had a chance to enjoy a ride in this 11-second Plymouth, Julie was out competing in one of the many drag classes at the MATS. On her second pass of the weekend, her transmission went out, leaving the car on the starting line. After Julie limped the car back to the trailer with the help of her family, she was bummed about the entire weekend.
Still, in spite of this setback, her car scored high in every category we were able to judge it on. The car was painted Firethorn Red, which makes this Duster special and a little dare-to-be-different. It's an original 340 car with the Rallye Sport package and front discs. The suspension is all stock, and the rear Super Stock leafs were moved inboard to make more room for the slicks. Inside is an original, unrestored interior with working gauges. Powering the A-Body is a rebuilt 340 with Eagle rods, Ross pistons, and a factory crankshaft. A 246-duration Steve Long camshaft and port-matched heads generate enough power to motivate this light-weight into the high 11s. The Holley intake and 780 carburetor provide the LA mill with air and fuel, and an MSD ignition ignites the mixture. She wanted to thank her friend, Kevin Briles, in addition to her daughter and crew chief, Nichole, for helping her with the car.
|'69 Dodge Super Bee|
John Godshalk tells us that this was his first car, and over the years the two have been through a lot together. John's Super Bee is dressed in an immaculate coat of B5 Blue paint that catches every bit of sunlight. It faired quite well in the looks department, but that's not all that's important to us.
After John lifted off his original A12's flat black hood, it revealed a healthy 500 cubic inch RB with a rotating assembly from 440Source, 440Source aluminum heads, and an original Six Pack intake manifold and Holley Six Pack carburetors. TTI headers and a 3-inch exhaust with Dynomax mufflers control the sound of the big-block as John maneuvers his rebuilt factory Hurst shifter into the next gear.
The A12's road manners were amongst the best in the competition, and to top things off, it was one of the most comfortable and well-appointed. The suspension has been completely rebuilt with parts from Just Suspension, and it now sports Mopar Performance torsion bars and KYB shocks. A set of Billet Specialties wheels with BFG Radial T/A tires on the street and Mickey Thompson drag radials on the strip helped John achieve a great balance of street manners and track supremacy.