Ford and racing, two words that go together like peanut butter and jelly. Ever since guys were competing in any form of auto sport Ford has been there. While we are all being amazed by the revolutionary things Ford has done with their modern performance vehicles, their proven contenders of the 60’s are still out there breaking modern records. Just last weekend in Valdosta, GA, Stephen Johnson and his ’67 Ford Fairlane reset the NHRA SS/E record with a 9.52 elapsed time, followed up the next day with a 9.49. Quite the passes for a racing class that has such a tight rule package.

Johnson posted some pictures and information on the run on the Corral Forums.


This car has quite the racing history and it wasn’t always piloted by Johnson however, as it started it’s racing career on the west coast with Jim Van Cleve, and then was turned over to Stephen’s father Horace, who raced it from 1986-98, then the keys were passed over to Stephen Johnson who has raced it ever since. The Johnson father-son team builds all their own engines and transmissions. The combination for this classic racer is a medium riser 427CI motor backed up by a Jerico 4 speed transmission pushing the power through a set of 5.67 gears in the rear end. The only body modification is a lightweight fiberglass hood. With all this power on board, the car is still one of the extremely rare "R" code 67 Fairlanes, which designates the 427-2x4bbl motor with a 4 speed trans.

As any racer would certainly agree, accomplishments like this are something to be proud of; after all, not everyone can say that they are an NHRA record holder and we are glad to see another Ford in the record books. Of course, any car that can stand up on its rear wheels on command is cool in our book.

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