ROADKILL – 1955 Chevy vs. 1931 Ford Model A – Drag Race

April 15th, 2024

Nothing has spurned more street races than the timeless battle of brand loyalty between Ford and Chevy. This video takes a look at a grudge match between a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 1931 Ford Model A. Both vehicles have been dramatically altered for drag racing purposes. Since both cruisers have the potential to lay down 8-second quarter-mile passes, they are each considered pretty fast. Let’s have a closer look.

With a ton of new parts installed, Finnegan takes to the interstate in his Chevy. After a pit stop at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona, the Chevy crew plans to get in a test and tune session before hitting the dusty trail to San Diego, California where they’ll take delivery of a brand-new supercharger. With the fresh blower installed, and a new tuning strategy laid out, the plan is to meet up with Freiburger in his big block powered Model A and have a drag race at Famoso Dragstrip near Bakersfield, California.

The ’55 Chevy has been upgraded with a 426 cubic-inch HEMI engine from a classic Mopar. Although this Shoebox Chevy has never gone as fast as the Model A, it won the prestigious Drag Week trophy back in 2019. The new supercharger – and all the other new parts – should put the HEMI powered Chevy in the same realm as the Ford.

Freiburger owns the old Ford. It’s a 572 cubic-inch big block Chevy motor in a lightweight car (2,400-pounds). Even though the engine is naturally aspirated, it makes more than 950hp and has run a quarter-mile pass of 8.51-seconds.

Without further ado, it’s time for the race between Finnegan’s BlaspHEMI and Freiburger’s F-Rod!