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 Jessica Hicks of Tennessee and her 1967 Buick Gran Sport.
How did you get into drag racing?
I have been around drag racing and cars my entire life. My dad has been drag racing since he was a teenager and my mom used to race as well; so I grew up around the racetrack and have been there ever since!
When and where was your first race?
My first race was at Greer Dragway in 2005 when I was 13 years old. I started in the Teen Championship Racing class before moving up to the Footbrake class two years later at 15 years old. My first footbrake race was in 2007 at Shadyside Dragway where I was lucky enough to finish in the runner-up spot.
What model/year do you race now?
I race a 1967 Buick Gran Sport that was built by my dad in his racecar shop, Hicks Fabrication.
What’s under the hood?
455 Buick motor
Does your car have a nickname?
I don’t really have one for it, but I’ve been told a few times it needs to be called Black Beauty.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
We have a 10 inch BTE converter, BTE sprag and drum.
Why do you use BTE?
They are a well-known company with very good reviews. They also support the World Footbrake Challenge at my home track, Bristol Dragway!
Someone you look up to in racing?
My dad – he’s taught me a lot over the years and I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for him and mom.
Cody Spears – he can win races in a street car!
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would still drive the same car I do now, it means a lot to me since Dad has put a lot of work into it. If money were no object though, I would definitely go race at as many different racetracks as I could.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I don’t really have a pre-race ritual that I can think of, except telling my opponent good luck or giving thumbs up before we run. I definitely think sportsmanship is important, win or lose.