Yesterday, I drove in a Beast. A real one.

Sep 10, 2021,15:22 PM

I posted about this car over 2 years ago, when I last saw it.  I am part of a small business group that hosts a few select events per year for people in our industry.  The coolest one is a day at a local drag track called Bandimere.  Really a cool venue at the base of the mountains.

The person who owns this car is a real enthusiast as you can imagine.  It is his passion.  Yesterday, he only made a few runs with it as he has a big event coming up for the car.  We made small talk when I arrived, and I mentioned how I would love to get a ride if he takes anyone.

After he made a solo few runs, he came up and asked if I was ready.... booyah!  I did not have a helmet, and there are rules about speed at this track if you don't have one.  So he used his computer and tuned the car down before our run.  A dear colleague's dad came to the event in his S8.  Now no question about it, that car was incredibly impressive.  He was running 1/4s at 12.2 - 12.3.  All traction off the line for that Audi.  A stock 4 door sedan running at that speed... wow.  Took down a C7 Vette with ease, albeit the Vette had a lot of wheelspin.  He wanted a crack at the Fairlane.

So to the line we went, me with my friend Bill in the old Ford, and my colleague riding with her Dad in the Audi.  I told my guy, I know we are "tuned down" but please make sure we cross first.  He smirked a bit and said no problem.  Well, the lights go green and bam, we about stall.  WTF!  In a split second, the Audi was 1/3 of the way down the track.  Well, I think my guy forgot the helmet rule and "running easy".  We passed the Audi just ahead of the finish line and crossed at 141MPH.  The acceleration I felt in that run is unlike anything I had ever experienced.

After the lap, I asked if it was my 150 LBs that caused the near stall ;-)  Bill laughed, and told me the car is harder for him to drive when he tries to take it easy.  His top 1/4 is now an 8.74 at the same strip.  Considering we how slow we started, to cross at 12.05 - it was amazing.

Wish I grabbed a wrist shot.  I went with my ceramic Tudor to keep weight down...

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Nice, sounds exciting.

 By: Thomas_3 : September 10th, 2021-16:18
Where in Colorado is the track?

Morrison, right off of C470.

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-13:42

Honestly, one of the most exhilarating moments of my life.

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-13:43
Albeit extremely brief!!

You'd have lost to the Audi if you were wearing your Offshore beast!

 By: M4 : September 10th, 2021-17:17
Cool story (even if I am partial to the Audi). M4

I can see that monster adding a few tenths to the time...

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-13:44
Good I had the ceramic ;-)

I can almost smell the rubber from here ! …

 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 10th, 2021-17:35
Cool 😎

It was burning good!

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-13:44

A hunk, a hunk of burning love !

 By: Cpt Scarlet : September 11th, 2021-13:49

Not a Thunderbolt?

 By: MikiJ : September 10th, 2021-18:23

Ummm... I am not a car guy or an expert

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-13:45
The car I rode in was a 1966 Fairlane.

Ford only made a handful of '66 Fairlanes...

 By: MikiJ : September 11th, 2021-23:00
Made for the dragstrip, Thunder Bolts, and that could be one of them

Wasn't much of a Ford guy (except Mercury Cougars), but . . .

 By: Dr No : September 11th, 2021-23:16
. . . their 427's were so rare that sightings were seared into memory. I've seen two that weren't Cobras, a red or maroon '63 Galaxie and a black '62. And those sightings were 40+ years ago. Art

For us "Kids"...

 By: MikiJ : September 12th, 2021-14:58
40+ years ago were just like yesterday

I remember the first day of high school like it was yesterday . . .

 By: Dr No : September 12th, 2021-15:04
. . . when it was exactly fifty years ago to the week. 🎓

8.74!!! That's one fast car!

 By: patrick_y : September 10th, 2021-21:04
My Mercedes, which is a "fast" car, supposedly does the 1/4 mile in the 12 second range (I've never tried it) at sea level. I wonder if it would be any different in Colorado due to elevation change. The Mercedes is supercharged, so maybe not a huge differ... 

1200HP at the wheels

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-13:46
It has a few mods apparently ;-)

500HP is no joke!

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-18:54
But yes, this old Fairlane has a leg up on you there ;-)

Yeah! More than Double! Probably closest experience to a rocket this side of legality!

 By: patrick_y : September 11th, 2021-20:35
I still get a thrill when the airplane takes off. I like my g-forces!

The sub-nine second…

 By: mdg : September 11th, 2021-03:16
…run is crazy fast. Don’t know if I would survive the g-force : )

He gave it all it had to close the gap

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-13:47
I can't really describe in words what those last 6-7 seconds were like. But I swear I can still feel the feeling!

Maybe part of it is due to the noise...

 By: mdg : September 11th, 2021-15:50
...I wonder if you'd feel the same going just as fast in a Tesla, for instance.

Good question, but no E-car could ever offer the sounds and sensations of a real motor

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-18:52
That has to be part of the joy, the revving motor, shifting gears, etc.

Those . . .

 By: Dr No : September 11th, 2021-16:53
. . . were the days, Michael. Here's a video . . . Dream machine . . . well worth watching. Your pal's Ford 427 Fairlane is one muscle car I don't recall seeing on the street. It's a rare bird, and then some. Art

You know it, my Friend.

 By: MichaelC : September 11th, 2021-18:53
The charms of these old machines will never be replicated in newer ones.

A nice ride

 By: Weems@8 : September 11th, 2021-21:34
The time of your life, Michael. The Fairlane is a special Ford. Jay Leno have restored a Fairlane to a modern muscle car. The project was unique and uncommon. Normally other models taken for special projects, so a Fairlane is rare. The last of the mohican... 

A beast for sure

 By: jerry6 : September 12th, 2021-14:21
Wow what a ride , he was taking it easy , with 1200hp and traction he should be in the 7's amazing car . would like to hear it running