Car of the Week: Michael (Doc) Beebe's Front Engine Dragster

Car of the Week: Michael (Doc) Beebe's Front Engine Dragster

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, we're featuring Michael (Doc) Beebe from Porterville, California and his home-built front engine dragster.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My father is Tim Beebe, the NHRA Hall of Famer, and my uncle is David Beebe, from the famed Beebe brothers and Beebe and Mulligan drag racing teams. So I am following in their footsteps as best I can.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first drag race was as an infant at the Indianapolis US Nationals in 1974.
 
What model/year do you race now?
My cousin Daniel Beebe, the son of David Beebe, decided after he won the 2006 division 7 Summit Series championship to get me driving, and he and I built a front engine dragster in our garage.
 
Does your car have a nickname?
Black Beauty. 
 
What's under the hood?
350 cubic inch small block Chevy, over-bored and stroked to 413 cubic inches. Injected on alcohol.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Internal transmission components, such as hardened output shaft, hardened input shaft, etc.
 
Why do you use BTE?
BTE is one of the best in transmission parts.
Someone you look up to in racing?
All of my family members, each and every one of them, because they all did something special to get me to where I am today.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Top Fuel dragster or nostalgia funny car.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I just say a Hail Mary, go out relaxed and cut a light on the competition.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 11:01 AM