It's a simple philosophy: There's no replacement for displacement. Correct? Not if you ask Charles Myers of Winterville, North Carolina. Charles is one of those guys who dares to be different. Go to any racetrack in any part of the country and notice how many '80 Plymouth Arrows you see racing. Like I said, different. Oh, it gets better.
The racing set usually relies on a V8 of some caliber to propel their straight-line shooters. Driving an '80 Arrow was not the end of the different route; Charles also incorporated the famous 225 Slant Six engine to propel his Arrow to low-10-second e.t.'s. This unusual combination came about in 2000, when after three years of racing his rear-engine dragster, Charles felt it was time for a change. His ex-Pro Stock Arrow was built by Don Hardy on a 93-inch wheelbase, which can be a little hairy at speeds exceeding 120 mph. The chrome-moly tube frame boasts a strut front suspension with rack-and-pinion steering. Those massive 14x32-15 Goodyear slicks with Centerline wheels are spun by a Blue Oval 9-inch rear housing and a Strange spool with 4.56 gears mounted by a ladder-bar setup with HAL coilover shocks. Aiding the parachute to bring the flying Arrow to a halt are JFZ disc brakes on all four corners. The body is a combination of factory steel and fiberglass parts from VFN, covered with PPG Silver and Purple by Johnny's Automotive in Tarboro, North Carolina. The graphics were applied by Abracadabra in Greenville, North Carolina.
The interior of Charles' Arrow is the way you may have guessed-a lot of tinwork, along with Auto Meter gauges to monitor the engine's pulse, with a Turbo Action air-activated shifter hooked to the 904 transmission and tweaked by Craig Pope of Warsaw, North Carolina. A Turbo Action 8-inch converter makes sure the rpm is where it needs to be for launch. Charles restrains himself with a G-Force Racing harness in the fiberglass seat. When it comes to the engine, he ain't sayin' much except, "Shhh, they're racing secrets."
What he did tell us was the block, as well as the steel crank, has had extensive modifications. The rods are Mike Geoni and the pistons are JE. The camshaft is a solid lifter design, but that's all Charles is saying. When asked about the heads, he replied with a snicker, "I can't believe you asked." (More racing secrets, I guess). The header was built by Charles, and the Ron's Flying Toilet injector (honest, I didn't make that up) is supported by the Clifford intake. The fire is via a distributorless ignition by Electromotive. Methanol is used for fuel.
Currently, Charles has the fastest door-slammer Slant Six in the country. He'd like to thank the crew: Mike Vick, Lester Debreaux, his kids Charles IV and Chris Myers (his Bad Boys), and last but not least his wife, Jenny. Different is a relative term, but when you hunt big game like Charles does, well, you're relatively different!