After three years of trials and tribulations, Blair Brannock’s “Big Red” Fox body Mustang is heading in the right direction. His first NMRA event with Big Red resulted in a broken transmission while making a run on the on-site dyno. At the 2013 Spring Break Shootout the team faced more transmission woes before working with Jason Gatlin at ATF to get things straightened out, only to burn at piston at the Commerce race.
The car was purchased as a roller three years ago and fitted with an engine sourced from Racing Junk with fabrication done by Brannock and Troy Fedora. Being part of the crew myself I was also on hand to assist when needed, including changing the cam, lifters, pushrods and the adjusters on the T&D shaft rockers shortly after running the engine, which has now proved itself a worthy combination. The replacement valve train parts were sourced from Chris Straub at Straub Technologies.
For 2014 the car has a fresh engine with Diamond pistons, a swap to Big Stuff 3 and a data logging system from Racepak. The same Powerglide transmission and converter from ATF will carry over. The test outing in Bradenton began with some 100-foot runs to see how the car reacted, progressing to eighth-mile and then 1,000-feet over six passes before running it out the back to a 7.87 at 180 MPH. The incrementals were 1.28 60’, 3.39 330’ and a 5.14 at 141 MPH to the eighth.
“I would like thank my beautiful fiancée Rachael and my baby girl Alyvia for always being supportive, along with John Giordano, aka Johnny Thunder, and all of my family and friends. It’s been a long journey to get to this point. Troy Fedora has always listened to my ideas and welded like a champ and “Chevelle” Rob keeps me organized, or tries to.
“True Street is important to me and I hope to continue to raise the bar. I’d also like to thank all my competitors, as they’re all friends, and we always help each other out in a pinch– that’s what this is all about. We all have put in so much time and effort into these street machines that it would blow people’s minds. I mean, to go out, cruise your car, hit a raccoon (God rest his soul), go to the track and rip off tens, nines, eights and now sevens, is pretty cool. True Street is here and I’m amazingly proud to see where it’s headed in the future.”