IF YOU missed our February issue then you missed seeing one of the sweetest cars to come out of SEMA 2014 – Steve Strope’s NASCAR inspired ’67 Fairlane, which he has nicknamed Black Ops.
But Steve didn’t bother with pesky things like rule books. He built the car as his though Ford Engineers would have built it if they were given a free hand. Which is why it sports a 427ci ‘Cammer’ engine, driver activated aero, adjustable torsion bar suspension and aerodynamic smoothing.
“I try to have a theme with my cars,” Steve from Pure Vision says. “For the Fairlane we envisioned a secret test group of engineers inside Ford called The Black Ops, and this car would have been a performance data acquisition vehicle. That means they’d use it solely for testing and learning, because the Fairlane was the platform used in NHRA drag racing and NASCAR, and both those sanctioning bodies have rules – ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that’.”
For the Le Mans-spec split Holley carbs to the Speedway Engineering quick change rear and the all-aluminium 427ci (7-litre) SOHC; this tribute to late-60s NASCAR just oozes coolness. So scroll through the pics and check out some of the stuff we didn’t have room to share in the magazine.
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Street Machine is the bible of Aussie modified auto culture, celebrating wild muscle cars, customs and hot rods – and the incredible humans who create them.
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