1966 Ford Mustang - reader's car

Brook Gunning's nine-second Mustang coupe

Ford Mustang coupe

This article on Brook's Mustang was originally published in the June 2018 issue of Street Machine magazine

“I WAS looking for something to race that wasn’t my street car, so when this car came up on a Facebook drag racing page I drove from Albany up to Perth the same day to buy it.

Ford Mustang

It was a roller in blue, and not in the greatest condition. I’d been trying to buy the Fontana engine from a local lady for years, and just before this year’s Racewars it finally came up for sale. It’s an all-aluminium 383 with Blue Thunder heads that used to be in Graham Kennedy’s drag Capri. I changed over the carby and chopped up the headers to suit the Mustang. The two-speed Powerglide and transbrake all came out of the Capri as well, and after a few runs on the engine dyno it produced a pretty stout 720fwhp.

Ford Mustang bonnet

We got into the Racewars semi-finals with the Mustang, which really was better than we expected, as we weren’t allowed to do a burnout to get heat into the tyres on the airport runway.

Ford Mustang side

I’ve since got it to a properly prepared track and went 9.86@135mph with a 1.36sec 60-foot, leaving the line at 6000rpm on the transbrake.

Ford Mustang interior

Special thanks to Jade, Jayden, Daniel and Reese for their help, and Damien for painting the car.” 


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