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

 By: MichaelC : September 10th, 2021-15:22
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...

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

Nice, also happens to be my last name!!

 By: Thomas_3 : September 13th, 2021-02:07

Wow, it looks like you had a super moment! Thanks for sharing, my friend.

 By: amanico : September 10th, 2021-16:38

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).


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 smile

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.


For us "Kids"...

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

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 difference.  But 8.74!  That's faster than a Bugatti doing the quarter mile at sea level! 

1200HP at the wheels

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

My vehicle is just under 500 horsepower. So this car is well over double! Yikes!

 By: patrick_y : September 11th, 2021-18:49

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.


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 mohicans.
I drive also a car that is so engineered in the best possible way of combustion powered fuel engine.
Speed, fuel consumption, low maintenance bills, reliability,
great rust protection, top safety.
Here an electric car have a huge job to do to beat my car.
If i throw 100 percent renewable fuel in my car, where it runs very good on, an electric car is a dirty and unhealthy way of mobility.
But yeah, the public opinion thinks if a car have no exhaust pipe under the body, it must be a very clean car.

So i am happy you enjoyed the Fairlane.
Henry Ford must be looked down to see his creation makes people very happy.

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