Frank H. Cicerale
April 1, 2009
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A.J. Tata
Copiague, NY
'04 Cobra

A.J. Tata brought the only '04 Terminator, and was the only one who didn't swap over to an automatic. Instead, he laid in a Liberty TKO600. Tata, who's Cobra was a former MM&FF cover car, threw himself into the back seat on the first run--literally. "When I dropped the clutch on the first run, the brackets holding the seat in place broke, and I literally went into the back seat," Tata remarks. "It caused me to pull my hand off of the shifter and my foot off of the throttle." After swapping the passenger seat into the driver side, Tata made another go at it, and proceeded to bang the gears in the Snake to a 10.19 at 137. With the third run being a bit slower than he liked, Tata lined up for one last blast, and at the top of Second gear, threw the blower belt off. Either way, a low 10-second pass in a stickshift car is nothing to shake a stick at--pun intended.

SNAKE SPECS
Year: 2004
Model: Cobra
Owner: A.J. Tata
Driver: A.J. Tata
Engine: 281ci Four-Valve modular
Transmission: Liberty TKO600
Clutch/Converter: Spec Stage 5
Supercharger: Whipple 140ax
Boost: 22 psi
Weight: 3,654 pounds
Exhaust: 15/8-inch MAC headers,
  MAC 2½ Prochamber
  mufflers, MAC 3-inch cat-back
  exhaust
Tuner: Joe Lausardo ({{{Mustang}}}
  Magic)
Rear: {{{Ford}}} 9-inch, 3.89 gears,
  spool, Moser 35-spline axles
Best e.t./mph: 10.191/137.01
LOG BOOK
Run 60-foot E.T. MPH
1 1.480 10.191 137.01
2 1.587 10.449 135.88
3 1.616 10.691 134.{{{62}}}