Underhood, don't be misled by that 289 Hi-Po decal. Ron's original humble plans of a 302 somehow morphed into a 408-inch Windsor, which has stones enough to propel the 2,300-pound package to quarter-mile times of just 12.70 seconds at 112 mph (not that the dragstrip was Bonnell's primary focus). Ron built it himself, even fabricating the big Windsor's long-tube headers, but just look at the fabulous engine bay that he surrounded it with-this guy has many skill sets.
The cockpit, too, demonstrates his multi-trade handiwork. It's race car functional without being Spartan, since the fearsome Falcon also sees some street duty. From the hand-fabbed door panels to the Autotecnica steering wheel, Ron's workmanship and design sense make us wish he lived next door so we could scam him into helping with our own projects. We particularly like his handcrafted switchbox (with guarded toggles) between the APC buckets, and the way he's plumbed the brake lines to the proportioning valve and the fire-suppression lines alongside the tranny tunnel. And check out the gas gauge on the rear bulkhead. All in all, a great interior with a degree of detailing that is even echoed inside the trunk.
How has his predatory plan of road-course supremacy worked out?
"In the end," says Ron, "I've been really pleased with how it has performed on the track. Other drivers have said it's not right seeing a '60 Falcon go by. That's not supposed to happen."
So there you have it. From being dragged out of the weeds to being able to blow the competition into them...
Ron Bonnell's '60 Falcon two-door sedan