Gary Richard has been running Stock and Super Stock for 53 years. He owned West Hampton raceway in West Hampton, Long Island, and raced Pontiacs and Chevys in the '60s before dropping off the scene. In 2004, he was back into it with a Stock Eliminator '69 Camaro, and eventually he got into Cobra Jets.
This '10 Cobra Jet from Ford Racing runs 10.0 at 134 in the A/Stock Automatic class in the NHRA. Gary and crew chief Paul Iaconis run 18 to 20 races per year on the circuit. To build this car, the body-in-white was ordered from FRPP and sent to B&B Racecars in Tennessee, where the 'cage was installed and modifications were made to the three-link suspension. Then it went back Paul's shop for the drivetrain and wiring.
The drivetrain is a pushrod 428-inch Windsor based on a FRPP Boss 351 block. The bore is 4.080 with a 4.100 stroke. The heads are untouched Z304Ds with 2.080 intake and 1.600 exhaust valves. The compression ratio is 11.0:1, and the combo makes north of 600 hp on VP C12. The camshaft is a solid roller, but Gary wasn't going to give up the specs. You can buy all the parts from Ford Racing and assemble it at your own risk, or buy it turn-key from Holbrook Racing Engines in Lavonia, Michigan. Gary had his assembled by Pilburg Racing Engines, in Trout Run, Pennsylvania. This photo was shot at the Gaternationals in Gainesville, Florida. Watch for this car in the NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Racing Series.