Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
September 14, 2016

We loved seeing Sam Vincent going up against the blower and turbo guys in NMRA Super Street Outlaw competition; he was the nitrous guy in a class full of turbocharged and supercharged racers. Though it’s been a minute since we’ve witnessed Sam at the wheel, but Derek Mota’s 1993 Fox coupe proves he’s still at it.

Derek’s X275 coupe boasts a Sam Vincent (Vincent Performance) 442ci small-block with Brodix 15-degree heads, an Edelbrock Super Victor intake, and an Advanced Product Design 1,150-cfm carburetor. The heads and intake were massaged by Kuntz and Company before Sam put together the short-block. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sam Vincent engine if it didn’t have nitrous. Therefore, Derek employed an Applied Nitrous Technology single fogger nitrous system.

At the recent Yellow Bullet Nationals, held at Cecil County, Derek pushed out a head gasket in qualifying, which basically brought his weekend to an end. He already has that fixed, and the car is once again ready for battle.

Behind the small-block is a Peter DiCarlo-built ‘Glide with a PTC converter. Further back is a Strange Engineering 9-inch rear with a billet center section and 35-spline axles. “John Sandol at Tube Chassis Designz provided the cage, mini-tub, and ladder bar setup,” Derek says. “The rest of the car was built in my garage by Mark Dykeman, Peter DiCarlo, and myself,” he adds. Derek and Mark built the car’s chromoly front end, along with a custom steering column, and master cylinder relocation.

With a 36 jet, Derek says the coupe’s run a best of 4.83 at 145 mph. Unfortunately, at the most recent Yellow Bullet Nationals, he pushed out a head gasket, which brought his weekend to an end. All is not lost, though. He sits third in points at his home track New England Dragway, with the final race of the season there coming up October 1st. After that race, he’ll be off for SGMP and No Mercy 7. At that race, he’ll try his hand at both X275 and Nitrous X.

Now that’s much better. Derek thanks Mark Dykeman, Peter DiCarlo, Chip Mitchell from Indy Auto Parts, Brad Noyes from Essex County Craftsmen HVAC, Sam Vincent, and “My beautiful girlfriend Sarah Cahill and our son Cole for putting up with the long hours that goes into this sport,” he says.