Brad Bowling
August 1, 2006

Like so many southern racers in the '50s, Platt spent a few years transporting "undocumented" alcohol to the mountain communities of Georgia and South Carolina at high speed before law enforcement influenced a career change. He found he excelled at drag racing and successfully campaigned a series of "Georgia Shaker" cars, starting with a Chevy but eventually moving into Fords. Georgia Shaker, Little Georgia Shaker, The Smallest Georgia Shaker and Georgia Shaker III were just a few of the names Platt applied to his cars before Lee Iacocca chose Platt to head Ford's 1969-70 Eastern drag team. During that time he drove a 428 Cobra Jet Mustang to an NHRA SS/IA record of 12.41 seconds at 112.92 miles an hour and won the '69 Winter Championships and AHRA US Open Top Stock Eliminator class.

Teammate Randy Payne was raised in the auto business, his grandfather and father having built what is now the oldest car dealership in Rome, Georgia, in 1946. Payne piloted his Torino Cobra to victory so many times that no one ever challenged the validity of his nickname, "Mr. Big Stuff." Payne won every event in his class while racing for Ford, including the first sanctioned drag race held in Canada. When he won all three nights at Daytona Beach, by elimination he wound up running the Super Stock finals against himself, a feat that has never re-ocurred. Car Craft nominated him for Driver of the Year honors four years in a row, and Hurst once acknowledged that Payne was the only professional driver to ever tear one of the company's shifters out of the floor during competition. He and Platt have been inducted into many racing halls of fame.

The Shadrach, named for a Biblical character who survived the flames of a furnace, is arguably the ultimate nostalgic take on the new Mustang's retro styling - especially in Platt & Payne colors. To create the P&P edition, Pure Power Motorsports starts with a new Sonic Blue Mustang GT and strips it to the point that only the dash and factory paint remain. Every pull-off part is sold, but a few specific components, such as the engine management computer, will be put back into the car, albeit in a slightly different form.

The stock 4.6-liter block transforms into a fire-breathing monster with the addition of forged aluminum pistons, Manley H-beam connecting rods, Comp camshafts, CNC-ported three-valve heads and a sophisticated 16-injector fuel system that permits steady, emissions-friendly driving at low throttle, but opens up like a hydrant when the revs go up. Consider it the high-tech version of a four-barrel carburetor. Intake is enhanced through water cooled Precision T3 turbochargers with dual-stage boost control, dual water-to-air intercoolers, a Metco billet turbo plenum and a Kinsler 8-Stack injection system. Exhaust is channeled through stainless steel turbo headers and Random echnology high-flow catalytic converters.

A short-throw Hurst shifter and RAM clutch work a G-Force six-speed racing transmission, one-piece driveshaft and Strange Ford 9" rear with 3.55:1 gears and 35-spline competition axles.

To handle the Shadrach's prodigious power output suspension and chassis components were chosen for serious high-speed use. They include an AJE tubular K-member, control arms, shock tower bar, adjustable front sway bar, adjustable track bar and subframe stiffener; hlins coil-over double-adjustable shocks; Metco billet front strut tower bar, lower rear control arms and upper link bracket; and HyperCo coil springs. Brakes are beefy Brembos - 14-inch cross-drilled fronts and 13.5-inch cross-drilled rears - set behind 20-inch forged aluminum Weld Racing wheels and Nitto tires.