Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about Henry Giselle Roberson of North Highlands, California and his 1984 Ford Mustang.
How did you get into drag racing?
All I've ever wanted to be was a race car driver like my dad. And when I turned 15 in 2001, I got my first chance to race and have never looked back!
What model/year do you race now?
1984 Ford Mustang GT350 with a '90 front clip. Perfect for barely sliding into Nostalgia classes.
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
Pick n Pull stock bottom end 302 small block Ford. Pro Comp 215cc, 2.05/1.62 valve, 56cc aluminum heads. Trick Flow Specialties Stage 3 .574 lift camshaft. Parker Funnel Web intake and a Holley 750dp. Transmission is a 2 speed Power Glide built by my good friend and fellow badass racer, Dennis Paz of Paz Performance, located in Stockton, California. TCI Sportsman Transbrake valve body, and a spagless custom built 4500 D&P converter.
Why do you use BTE?
Knowledgeable staffing makes it easy to get parts ordered. And proven parts, through a reputable company like BTE, makes sure my car never misses a race!
Someone you look up to in racing?
My father, Henry Roberson Jr. who I affectionately call "Pops,” was a street racer from Hunter’s Point, San Francisco back in the 60s. He moved to Sacramento in the late 70s when he met my mother, and began his racing career. When I came into the world, Pops had a race literally one week after I was born. I grew up in a rough neighborhood and my parents were too poor to get me into Juniors. While Pops barely maintained his own racing career, we rarely missed races. He was the neighborhood father figure as well. Most of the kids I grew up with didn't have a dad. We would stuff 10-20 kids in our motor home and head to the races. The track would, and still to this day always exclaims, "Henry's here, now we can start the race!"
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Every time I pull into the water box I say a prayer, for I am thankful. I remain respectful, humble, and hungry as I patiently wait for my chance to shine. My goal is to make bracket racing my career, and I feel truly blessed to excel in the sport I am most passionate about!