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John Calvert's '10/'14 Cobra Jet

Wasn't this the '10 Cobra Jet Douglas Glad raced last year in Division 7? Yes and no. Yes, the registration still says 2010, and no, the car has been upgraded with '14 bodywork and all of the NHRA safely equipment to run 8.50s. The Windsor has been swapped for a new Coyote with a 2.9L Whipple supercharger. This car, and others like it, represent a significant shift in Sportsman drag racing.

For a very long time, NHRA Stock Eliminator was the realm of comfortable and consistent e.t.'s and a fraternity of embedded racers that dominated the classes in what we consider muscle-car–era cars. That changed about 10 years ago when cars suddenly got faster. A new class called AA/S was added for these new cars and all went back to normal, but not for long.

Tradition crumbled completely with the recent introduction of mega-fast factory COPO, Cobra Jet, and Drag Pak cars. The NHRA responded by moving the AA/S(A) class to CCC/S(A) and added BBB/S(A), and of course, the kick-ass AAA/S and AAA/SA classes for clutch and automatics, respectively. The AAA class is currently dominated by the Cobra Jet, with many competitors in the 8s. Calvert's '10 is now running as fast as 8.82 at 154 mph and reportedly produces 1,000 hp at the flywheel with parts you can get through Ford.

There is, of course, a Super Stock program, and we've seen several 7-second Cobra Jets in this class. As this is written, Calvert is headed "down South," to match race and attend the Cobra Jet Shootouts just like it was 1969. Get off your sofa and attend a race.

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