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2009 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak

John McLeod / Boyne City, Michigan

By , Photography by Auto Imagery
I just went thought the pearly gates

This photo was taken at the U.S. Nationals in Indy, as John McLeod made a run during his first national event. "For me, it was like going to the Super Bowl or getting asked by the prom queen to the dance. I had made it in my own world," he says.

John McLeod is the owner Classic Instruments, a company he's owned for 10 years. It was started by the Hetticks in 1977 on the West Coast. McLeod worked his way up in the hot-rod industry while concurrently serving as a police officer in Boyne City, Michigan. Eventually, he was able to buy Classics Instruments outright.

The car is a 2009 Dodge Drag Pak Challenger with a 6.1L Hemi running in A/SA, and in this photo is running 10.01 at 133 mph in a class race. The quest to get to this point started when McLeod was racing a 540 alcohol-injected Fiat Topolino altered. "[I was] watching the Stock Eliminators for years and seeing guys like Jason Line step up to the pros, for me the height of drag racing," McLeod says. "I have gotten to know everyone in the drag-racing industry this way, and Line is willing to help me to race. All the days of looking at these cars, it seemed impossible. You need to get accepted, then you need to pay $45,000 for a shell. Buying the car was the cheapest thing. I wanted a show-level car, and a race car. This pass was a culmination of years of work and experience.

"I can't tell you what I ran that day, when I turned the corner and saw Stuart with his big hat standing there, I was in awe. Watching it on TV and driving is all the difference in the world. It's a life altering deal for car guys to drive in the Nationals."

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15 comments
Mark Cerrillo
Mark Cerrillo

Hello peeps. Im back on my 87 t-type .. shes a beauty..

Morgan Pugh
Morgan Pugh

And i myself with my 1980 L-82 Corvette that would not be possible if it wasn't for my brother secretly buying the car for me that is under refurbishment.

Joshua Pugh
Joshua Pugh

Going to get a 460 to build with my brother Morgan Pugh today, what car we put in will come way later but we look to make some BIG power. and from there I still have my '67 T-Bird to contend with.

Anthony Whitworth
Anthony Whitworth

this what im on an86 s10 with 383 pg back haft with 513 gears

Eric Campbell
Eric Campbell

A '76 F-150 with a 30 over 460 backed by a C-6 trans

Chip Bonham
Chip Bonham

How about a "Mopar Missle" Challanger car again? Would love to see Chrysler sponsor one & test stuff like back in the day.......

Justin Mittet
Justin Mittet

Getting my 85 Camaro to stop having phantom backfires though the manifold.

David Brown
David Brown

I'm still looking for an old pickup 60-70 or an old van same era

Donnie Wagner
Donnie Wagner

1987 Dodge Ram short bed with a big block 440 with a 727 tranny

Johnny Kane
Johnny Kane

1978 transam 505 big block 700 hp on pump gas.

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