This past weekend, rookie driver Eric Swarr ventured onto a mile long WWII-vintage Army airbase strip in Maxton, NC with one goal in mind: set an East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) Blown Fuel Super Street land speed record. His ammunition? A 2006 Ford GT Supercar, owned by Bob Self and sponsored by AmericanMuscle and Swarr Automotive.
Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of land speed records, and for the most part, when you hear about a really eye popping speed run, it’s coming from Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Here’s a little trivia factoid. The quest for land speed records actually started on the East Coast in the 1920’s and 30’s on the hard sands of Daytona Beach, Fl. When most speed trials started moving out West, a void was left on the East Coast. ECTA was formed to fill that void, and they selected an abandoned runway in Maxton, NC as the staging ground for speed record runs.
Saturday and early Sunday runs by Swarr were part of the ECTA rookie development program. He first had to make 125 MPH and 150 MPH runs on Saturday, to satisfy ECTA that he could safely pilot the vehicle. On Sunday, he made one last development run of 175 MPH, and then was given a single opportunity to open it up, and break 200 MPH. And open it up he did…
The wait is over! We are proud to bring you not just one, or even two or three, but FOUR incredible videos which take you through the stages of our 2005 V6 Project Car Build. We know you’re wondering how we managed to add so much torque and horsepower (not to mention sex appeal) to our project Mustang, and we’re psyched to show you the final numbers and performance gains!
When we discussed starting a Ride of the Month program, none of us ever dreamed we would be facing so much anger, so much tension, and so much outright contempt–from each other! Our dedicated panel of ROTM judges (who also happen to be dedicated employees) turned downright vicious when it came time to vote on our first Ride of the Month. Everybody had a favorite, and they campaigned for that favorite mercilessly. In order to stop the threats, bribery, and intimidation, we’re changing the contest, just a little.
Each month, there will be a grand-prize winner of the Ride of the Month contest, plus a winner from every other generation of Mustangs. This way, we can spread the ROTM love around a little(and keep our office standing). The grand-prize winner each month will have a blog post featuring their ride by itself, plus a $50 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and AM t-shirt. The generational winners will each win a $25 AmericanMuscle.com gift card and AM t-shirt, and will all be featured together in their own blog entry .
Here are this month’s awesome generational Ride of the Month winners!
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Steve Burroughs’ 2007 Torch Red GT is quite a looker. As Steve says,”With a mix of mods that compliment each other perfectly, this Mustang gets looks wherever it goes. I think my favorite mod is the suspension and tire set-up. I’m constantly asked what the setup is. Everyone loves the stance.” (more…)
[drumroll; pass the envelope, please…oh, we’re so excited we can barely contain ourselves…]
Paul Bledsoe’s dark blue 1988 Fox Body Mustang GT. Here’s the particulars of Paul’s very sweet ride:
Model: 5.0L GT
Color: Dark Blue
Body style: Fastback
Comments: “This car is a junk yard purchase, fully restored, from empty shell to show car level, taking 4 years. It is a tribute to our son, Patrick, who died suddenly in 2000. His younger brother and I finished in 2006, what he started in 1999.”
Paul hails from Louisiana, and his ‘stang recently nabbed a first place trophy in the Modified Class, 1964-1/2 to 2010 at the Mustang Club of America (MCA) National Show in Pensacola, Fl., along with a similar win at the 45th Mustang anniversary bash in Birmingham, Al. in 2009.
The voicemail on my office phone was time stamped at 3:17AM, and the frantic message that followed was left in an almost unintelligible whimper:
“Dude. You are so not gonna to believe this. Check your email first thing in the morning.”