As Chris pointed out to us, driving his '66 coupe is a lot like driving a late-model modular-powered Cobra Mustang, and his classic handled the cruise easily. He averaged 9.004 seconds over his three runs, good enough for Second place. However, the Bradenton event also plays host to the Spring Break Shootout, which pits the top 16 cars in True Street in a heads-up race the following Sunday.
With a healthy 24 psi of boost pressure feeding the cylinders, the Mustang went round after round toward the finals. An 8.25 at 172 mph led to an 8.07 at 174, to an 8.04 at 175, and to a final round win with an 8.06 at 175. Chris tells us that at 30-32 psi, the car should be capable of 7.80-7.90 time slips, however that won't be happening during a True Street event.
Though Chris' car passed the NMRA tech department, some felt that his suspension didn't fall within the spirit of the rules. A clarification has since ruled Chris' car out of competition. That hasn't really stopped the Bonaire fabricator from updating the coupe with additional lightweight parts, and Chris recently parted with his 4.6-liter engine to make way for a more potent, aluminum-rodded DOHC 5.4-liter combination.
In addition to that, Chris is also finishing up what one might consider a restoration on a Fox-body Mustang, and has also begun work on a '65 fastback for his wife, Nancy. Chris tells us that the build will be more along the lines of a Ringbrothers creation, and given that his last several cars have all been drag/street machines, this one should be something that his supportive wife, Nancy, and daughter, Kelly, will be able to enjoy as well.