Tom Shaw
March 1, 2005
’69 BARRACUDA S 440 VS. ’71 MUSTANG MACH 1
CAR '71 MACH 1 ’69 CUDA 440
Engine/hp 429 {{{CJ}}}/375 440/375
Carburetion 4V 4V
Transmission C6 Select-Shift TorqueFlite automatic
Axle 3.91:1 Traction-Lok 3.55:1 Sure Grip
Weight 3,904 lbs 3,668 lbs
Round One 14.14 @ 98.56 mph 13.72 @ 99.21 mph WIN
Round Two 14.05 @ 99.54 mph WIN 13.74 @ 99.16 mph
Round Three 14.02 @ {{{100}}}.07 mph 13.82 @ 98.91 mph WIN

Squaring off next is a pair of big-block ponycars. Mark Maybee pilots the '71 Mach 1, another 429 SCJ car with the C6 automatic and 3.91:1 Traction-Lok differential. Lighter than the Torino that shares this engine, Mark's Mach 1 is also faster, qualifying with a 13.91 at 100.07 mph.

Mark is competing against Mopar man and Pure Stock Drags veteran Norm Verhage. Norm's tough in his 375hp 440 Barracuda S, the lightest ever built with a 440. The Barracuda has an automatic, 3.55:1 Sure Grip gears, and tips the scales at just 3,668 pounds-pretty lean for a big-block musclecar. Norm qualified his Plymouth with a 13.90, a scant one hundredth quicker than the Mach 1.

Round One: Red light in the Ford lane. Mark is off his rhythm and runs a 14.14 at 98.56, far from Norm's best-of-the-event 13.72 at 99.21. Mark gets spanked.

Round Two: Talk about role reversal: red light in the Mopar lane. Mark has a clean run, but it'll take more than his 14.05 at 99.54 to knock off the Barracuda's 13.74 at 99.16 mph.

Round Three: It's a clean launch on both sides: a .551 r/t for the Mustang, .524 for the Plymouth. The Barracuda's really hooking and runs an excellent 2.05 60-footer. Mark's short time is 2.168. Into open track now, the big-cube brawlers wind out and barrel towards the finish line. Typical of the 429s, the Mach 1 has a powerful top end, but the 440 'cuda hangs on to carry the day, 13.82 at 98.91 to the Mach 1's 14.02 at 100.07 mph.

’64 MERCURY MARAUDER VS. ’72 BUICK GSX
CAR '64 MERCURY MARAUDER ’72 BUICK GSX
Engine/hp 427/425 455/270 (net)
Carburetion 8V 4V
Transmission Four-Speed Turbo 400 automatic
Axle 4.56:1 Limited-Slip 3.73:1 Posi-traction
Weight 4,367 lbs 4,208 lbs
Round One 13.37 @ 106.21 mph WIN 13.{{{80}}} @ 103.16 mph
Round Two 13.43 @ 106.96 mph 13.48 @ 103.55 mph WIN
Round Three 13.28 @ 107.50 mph WIN 13.49 @ 104.16 mph

Brian Stefina's '64 427 Marauder is all about old-school Ford power. FE power once ruled the tracks and streets, and Brian's out to prove that it still does. Under that big hood is the legendary R-code 427 dual-four-barrel engine, good for 425 hp. Brian has tuned and dyno'd the engine (best run was 471.2 hp at 5,600 rpm), and he drives like a man on a mission.