Tom McEwen's so-called "Super
Mustang" at Pomona in 1967. This was another one of Ford's
"better ideas" that wasn't. Their "dragster of
the future" was a misbegotten attempt to meld a dragster
with funny car technology. It was essentially a dragster chassis
with a sprung rear end, automatic transmission, and radical streamlining.
"Car Craft" headlined it as the "Dragster of Tomorrow".
I was quite taken with it at the time. The irony is that none
of its innovative features (rear suspension, auto trans, full
streamlining) made it into future dragsters. Super Mustang also
missed the boat on rear engines.
The real mystery about this car
is: who twisted Ford's arm to approve its budget? Can you imagine
a major car company bankrolling such a contraption today? Every
once in a while, when things are riding high, you see wet dream
projects like this, where it's obvious that someone's pet hobby
venture is being financed. I've seen such things in my own line
of work, but I've never been fortunate enough to have anyone
pay me to build a pure play toy. When you see them, though, you
have to appreciate them while they last, because they're never
around for long.
The legendary Connie Kalitta
is still battling it out NHRA Top Fuel Dragster. But here's his
1967 Logghe built Ford 427 SOHC cammer car. Ford basically dropped
the cammer in his lap and asked him to turn it into a nitro Engine.