View Full Version : Daughter Drag racing yesterday. Cool Pic

06-07-2011, 12:33 AM
I took this yesterday right before the rain hit.


06-07-2011, 02:04 AM
Inquiring minds want to know: so how did she do against that Mustang?

And was it a 260 or 289 or?

06-07-2011, 04:15 AM
And it looks like she might still be wearing her sleeveless prom dress!

06-07-2011, 06:40 AM
Great! What kind of times/speeds is she turning with the Lark?

06-07-2011, 07:25 AM
Cool pic, Gordon; how did she do?

'Amazing how many 1963 Lark Customs are being raced. Larry "Scotty" Scott just finished Lanny Bertram's 1963 Lark Custom 2-door, R2/4-speed, and has returned it to the Indianapolis area. White with black & white bucket seat interior. As soon as I see it and take some pics, I'll post them.

'Looks similar to your daughter's car, Gord, with the period mags.

Cool beans on all accounts. BP

06-07-2011, 07:40 AM
From prom to drag. What a daughter and what a car!

06-07-2011, 08:14 AM
Thanks everyone.
Rich, I think the Mustang is still 289 powered with after market parts and runs right around 14 flat. The Lark has a 15.44 on the window. My daughter is manually shifting the FOM. She beat the guy at the tree but ran a 15.54. The wind kicked up and affected the ET.
It does look like she could be wearing her dress. She did say that wearing the heals to take pics that it was hard to hit passing gear.
Her best run was a 15.46 @ 88mph starting from idle. She tried one pass on the converter but it pushed through the lights.
I wanted to put Torque Thrusts on the Lark but had to stay on budget.
She was operating on very little sleep so it was a quick change from prom to drag.


06-07-2011, 08:24 AM
Gordon: What engine is in her Lark? (You may have stated earlier in another thread, but I've lost track.) BP

06-07-2011, 08:25 AM
Great shot. It looks like the car stands up as it launches. My car seems to do the same. How well does it hook?

06-07-2011, 11:02 AM
Gordon, how is the 61 coming? I have a nice 63 2door here at the shop a friend wants to sell, it has 6 cyl. and 3 speed would make a nice drag car with a few changes, any one interested just pm me.

06-07-2011, 08:34 PM
Just getting home from work. Whew!

Bob P, It has a 63 289. I rebuilt the engine back in 2001. It was in my 64 Cruiser that I drove to SB 2002. I raced it hard at Oceola that year and drove it home. I bought the 63 Lark in 2003 and swapped the engine from the Cruiser. It now has over 100,000 miles and starting its 7th race season. I also raced it at Spokane Raceway during the 2005 Int meet.
Richard, The car does lift on launch now but hooks without spinning a tire. When I first assembled the car the front would lift and squat the rear perfect. Then I started getting spring wrap and wheel hop after a couple seasons. I installed station wagon front & rear springs and never looked back. When I bought the new wheels & tires I went smaller diameter to lower the gear ratio. I might lower the back to equal out the fender well clearance. Here is a pic of the car stationary. This was earlier Sunday morning during time trials.

Bob, The 61 is doing great. Its a fun car to drive. I parked it for the winter because I still need to repair the floor. I have temporary sheet metal down and covered with carpet. The 63 you have is tempting. I have to recover from the prom, graduation and ect. first.

My daughter is going to have so much fun with her new Lark.


06-07-2011, 08:44 PM
No helmet????? stupak

06-07-2011, 11:07 PM
I wanted to pot Torque Thrusts on the Lark but had to stay on budget.

Oh ya, that would double the cool factor...never the less the combo of daughter racing a Stude is cool enough, thanks for sharing. Junior.

Andy R.
06-07-2011, 11:18 PM
No helmet????? stupak

My first thought exactly.
I must admit enjoying your Driver's Ed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvaTOTIlhec) video for some time...:)

Pat Dilling
06-07-2011, 11:58 PM
My first thought exactly.
I must admit enjoying your Driver's Ed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvaTOTIlhec) video for some time...:)

Helmet not required by NHRA until you are 13.99 or quicker. It did surprise me to see the bare arms though. Looks like she is having fun!


06-08-2011, 01:31 AM
Pat is right about a helmet not being required by NHRA until 13.99 or quicker ET's. The Stude isn't going much faster than Interstate traffic. Good point though. I'll will discuss wearing her helmet in a slower car is OK. My daughter is familiar with safety gear while racing. Being a Jr Dragster driver required Dot Helmet, SFI approved suit, gloves & 5 point harness. She actually towed her Dragster to the track with the Lark to race it. By NHRA rules she couldn't race the Lark with a drivers permit. But, she could tow with the Lark to the track and was NHRA licensed to race the JR Dragster.
This pic is 4 or 5 yrs old.

06-08-2011, 01:33 AM
Last time I raced they made me where a helmet and long pants. Borrowed both at the starting line! Helmet (with scratched up face sheild) from a bike racer and the pants from a passer by, we did the exchange right at the start line and he held my beer as colateral until I returned with his pants.
Very slow reaction time but I managed catch up and win with a 12.02 second pass.
Track officials wouldn't let me run again as I was too fast for no roll bar??
Good Roads

06-08-2011, 07:30 AM
Gordon: I wasn't knit-picking about the helmet. Just ask Ted about that. Intetrstate traffic notwithstanding, proper safety attire should be utilized on any drag strip regardless of speed or NHRA rules. God forbid, if anything did happen, would NHRA be concerned? They wouldn't but you sure would. stupak

06-09-2011, 12:06 AM
Brian, Thats pretty funny. I was waiting in line on my motorcycle one time when a guy ran up and borrowed my helmet. But the rest was some fast thinking on your part too.

Stupak, No offence taken here what so ever. Good question. Feel so safe in the Lark all these years on the track. Sometimes we over look things unintentionally.