Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Lawton Ferreira from San Diego, California, who owns and races a 1941 Willys Coupe.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
Started at the engine at the age of 12 or 13 and later worked at Hawaii Raceway Park. My Dad and my brother were racers when I was young, which made me catch the racing bug.
When and where was your first drag race?
Hawaii Raceway Park and the streets of Hawaii
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
I have a 1941 Willys coupe blown on alcohol, 1948 Fiat Topolino Blown, and two 1963 Corvettes blown.
Does your car have a nickname?
Witch Hunter, Willy Wop and Blue By You.
What's under the hood?
3 BBC and 1 Hemi
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
Input shafts, clutch packs and misc.
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Quality, service and experience in the transmission world. We build our own transmission and work closely with Sonnax also.
Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Great people and service.
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Already have my dream car. 1966 BBC street Corvette that will spank any Tesla.
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Running close to the national index record when I lived in Hawaii, but I have many.
Why do you race?
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?