Other Ford Drag Racing Greats
"Dyno" Don Nicholson
Nicholson passed away January 24, 2006. He was 78.
season was Glidden's best. He retired after the first two races in 1997
and came back in 1998 for one race at the U.S. Nationals. Bob won 10 Pro
Stock Championships. Glidden gave us Ford race fans something to cheer
about for many years.
Wayne Gapp and Jack Roush
For the 1975 season, Wayne Gapp and Jack Roush raced a four door Pro Stock Maverick. Due to the huge success that Gapp & Roush, Glidden, Dyno Don and others were having with the Pinto, NHRA continued to put weight handicaps on the little Ford. So Gapp & Roush looked for a longer wheel based Ford that would not get weight handicapped. The only light Ford that was long enough to avoid the weight handicap was a four door Maverick.
Engine failure cost them the 1975 World Championship, allowing Glidden to put the whomp on Grumpy Jenkins for the Championship. At the end of a very successful season, the NHRA changed the rules to not allow four door cars to compete in Pro Stock. Since the two rear doors were welded closed, it can only be assumed that NHRA was once again trying to stack the deck against the mighty Ford Pro Stocks. Soon after that, Jack Roush moved to NASCAR, and has been a huge success.
was Stock Eliminator National Record Holder in 1989 and 1990. The
rolling chassis was purchased from Sonny Hall in 1988. With Miller's FE
engine building skills, he wasted no time obtaining the National Record.
(This webmaster owes a great deal of thanks to Aldon Miller for his
generous tips in helping me get my 428 assembled to run the way one
should run, in my 1968 Torino ).
piloted the first Stock Eliminator in history into the 10's with a 10.95
@124.82 MPH in 1978 at S.I.R. Waldo has claimed more than 30 National
records, and was World Champion in 1987, as pictured below. Not only did
Waldo give Ford fans in Washington State a lot to cheer about, but Ford
lovers across the nation followed his success.
Of course, we cannot forget about the great Carroll Shelby! He helped Ford win again in racing as well as building some of the coolest factory muscle cars ever to be built! From the Shelby Mustang to the Shelby Cobra, Carroll Shelby built performance.
The Ford 427 SOHC V-8 Engine
To compete with the Chrysler Hemi in 1964, Ford secretly developed an overhead cam version of the high-performance FE block, the legendary 427 SOHC. Built by hand and designed for racing, it became known as the Cammer. Hemispherical chambers and overhead cams transformed the 427 into a serious powerplant. Factory ratings were 615 hp @ 7000 rpm with a single 4-barrel, and 657 hp @ 7500 with dual carburetors. The engine weighed 680 pounds.