This is the GTO I built and raced between 1984 and 1992. Anyone know where it is? I sold it to a guy in Memphis TN when it got to the point that you couldn't be competitive without a trans break and delay box.
The picture of the baby blue 68 Tempest is how it was when I bought it from a guy named Lowel in central FL. The Dorn Brothers in Sanford did the body work and awesome Orbit Orange paint. Ken Wells built the TH400. I built the engine and rear end etc. The car weighed 3500 lbs with driver. Best ET/Speed: 1/4 mile 10.36/132mph, 1/8 mile (set up for the 1/4) 6.55/103mph, 1.48 sec. 60 foot. This is the first and only Pontiac I ever built. It was a stock bore and stroke 455 with cast rods and crank. "62" D-port heads, measured 11.2:1 compression ratio using TRW forged flat top pistions. Torquer intake, 850 Holley. Crower mechanical cam. TCI 5000 stall 8" converter. 9" Ford with 4.10 gears, Strange spool and axels. Shifts were at 5500 rpms and it went through the 1/4 mile traps at 6200 rpms. The rear tires were 14 x 33 MT (I hated the MT's, Firestones and Goodyears hooked better). I fabricated the headers from a Headman Hustler (flat collector) kit and they were worth .2 sec off the ET.
The first time out, I had $5000 in the car and ran in the 10's off the trailer with a Quadrajet. By the time I sold it, I had better than twice the money in it and had tuned 6/10th off the ET. I raced it all over FL, GA and TN and had only good times with great friends. Like they say, a bad day at the track is better than a good day at work. Hopefully I'll find some of the in car videos from Memphis where it carried the front tires 3" in the air, 6 feet out, remember, this was old school, foot breaking it.
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Drag Car Racing @ Memphis, In Car Video
Some old school VHS camcorder in car footage of 1/8 mile passes I made at
Memphis Motorsports Park back in 1990. Stock bore and stroke 455, 850
Holley, all motor, 5000 TCI Stall, TH400, 9" Ford with 4:10 gears. Car is
setup to run the 1/4 mile. On the second time trial I'm running the
dragster you see in the still picture before the video. I tried to tree
him but was a little early, note how easily he drives away from me. We've
probably got about the same power but he's at least 1200 lbs lighter, must
70 Double Blown GTO
My 1970 GTO with two blowers. It's 474ci Pontiac engine with a 8-71 blower
on top of a 6-71 blower. This is from the last day of being double blown.
I'm going to one single 8-71 blower and going racing. The front clip was
removed to make it easier to work on. The reason for the double blowers was
not as a power enhancement like many ASSume. I stacked the blowers to have
a car that stood out in the crowd. Most Pro Street cars were starting to
blend together. If you seen one, you had seen them all. That wasn't the
case with this GTO. Al someone had to say was "The double blower GTO" and
people knew which car. I was told it couldn't be done, so I attempted it
and it worked. It stayed that way for almost 2 years. I knew a twin turbo setup would make more HP. I knew I could
have run a 14-71 blower and made more power. That wasn't the point. I
wanted to be different than the other cars in the parking lot, I did that
now it's time to ove on. For all those people who don't understand why,
I'm not going to try and explain it to you anymore. Get over it. I didn't
expect EVERYONE to love it. But you won't forget it.
Bad Blue 1969 GTO Out For a Cruise
Today I got an inspection sticker and took the Goat for a spin. I get on it
a little half way through the video. I'd like to thank family and friends
for all the help to complete the project.
Mecum Auction Presents - Lot # S118 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
For the 1969 season, Arnie Beswick campaigned a three-car team, the "Super
Judge" Funny Car, the "Righteous Judge" Pro Stocker and this original Ram
Air IV, 4-speed Judge, which was sponsored by the Chicagoland Pontiac
Dealers and competed in NHRA D/Stock. One of only a handful of no-option
cars built specifically for drag racing, the Judge was factory-built with a
hand-selected Ram Air IV and came without sound deadener or seam sealer to
further reduce weight. As a legal D/Stocker, the Judge ran in the 12.40s at
109-110 miles per hour.
Featuring period custom paint by Dick Skully, American Racing wheels and a
correct Ram Air IV, this car is in its original 1969 race condition and has
been authenticated by Mr. Beswick. This Judge is a great time capsule from
"The Farmer's" storied career.
1979 Firebird - Eating a Camaro
Original 400 "PWH" (481988 XX) block
TRW PowerForged 60 over pistons 10.5:1 comression
Pontiac #62 iron heads ported 240/170 int/ex
Pontiac R/A IV intake
660 Holley spreadbore
150hp NOS Nitrous plate kit
R/A III "744"cam
1.75" Hedman headers
3" pipes ending at the axle
Walker turbo mufflers (open headers on
8.5" 10 bolt rear w/ spool & c-clip elim. 3.90 gears
390.8 hp @ 5200 / 463 ft. lbs. @ 3000 (motor)
502.2 hp @ 6000 / 654 ft. lbs. @ 3800 (Nitrous)
There was a strong headwind that day, and the clutch was almost finished,
so the car was slowed down a little. the car should run 11.0s on a good
2006 GTO Drag race in-car video
Raw in-car video of me drag racing my 2006 GTO during the National F-Body
Motorsports Event at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis on May 15, 2009.
My best run that day was a firstname.lastname@example.org. My best with this car is an
email@example.com. The difference was the weather and track conditions.