The 1/4 mile. A challenge taken on by so many, all aiming for that sub ten & below time. Its a challenge of pure physics, having the power is only part of the problem, you then have to put it down onto the track, not to mention your reaction time which can make or break your ‘perfect’ launch towards that end of runway gantry.
Here’s one car that that was built to get below that 10 second mark! Perry Stephenson is the owner of this Monstrous looking MGB, & I have to say he is a true gent, gave myself & Dave Cox all the time we needed to capture this classic on steroids & was more than happy to talk us through the hard work thats got it where it is now. Talking of hard work, this is a huge project! One that’s been ongoing for a while, and this monster of a car has been cruel as well as kind, having munched several past engines.
However its back on top form and at the time of these photos it was running a 4.8 litre v8 (bored out Rover 3.9 V8) coupled to a supercharger from a Sherman tank! Perry believes its running around 400bhp with 600 ft/lbs of torque, & going by the noise it makes, I’d say he’s spot on & if anything being modest about the power of this fantastic build.
The dragster scene is often overlooked in the automotive world. In a cloud of tyre smoke filled by the ever popular drift culture which has in recent years cast a shroud effect on all other genres of motorsport, its important to remember the other disciplines out there & the hard work that goes in to creating cars like this.