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 Paul Vinyard from Albuquerque, NM, who owns and races a 1999 Cameron RED.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
I was born into it, my dad raced a RED, then I raced JR’s, now I have my own car.
When and where was your first drag race?
Probably Alamo City Motorplex in San Antonio when I was a few weeks old back in the mid 80’s.
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1999 Cameron RED with a blown Alky BBC.
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
489” BBC 4 bolt main out of an old 80’s Chevy pickup. 8-71 std helix blower.
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE powerglide case with BTE 1.80 straight cut planetary. (Slowly upgrading it with BTE parts as funds become available).
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
Best bang for the buck. High quality parts that are affordable at my level. Every BTE part I add is something I don’t have to worry about at the track. The less things I have to worry about on the track the more fun I can have.
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Who is a drag racer you look up to?
My dad and my buddy Ray Stringer. He helped me learn about running at this level without breaking the bank or parts. I also help as part of his crew on his nitro BBC powered funny car (Blown Centless).
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
Tough call, either an A/fuel TAD or a nostalgia Nitro FC.
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
I have two. The first is making my first pass in my own dragster (then naturally aspirated). My dad who was my mentor had unexpectedly passed away roughly two years before that, so I know he would’ve loved to see that accomplishment. The second is making my competition debut with my blower motor (it was five years to the day from his passing) with a car much faster than what we ever dreamed our low budget racing team could achieve.
Why do you race?
I love everything about it! The rush I get while actually racing, the friends I’ve made along the way, the experience of racing at different tracks around the Southwest, I’m always learning something new, and the comradery from everyone—I could go on and on.
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Cutting good lights. I run with the Southwest Superchargers, it’s a heads up index class for blower cars which doesn’t allow any electronics so it’s all on the driver. Holding consistent launch RPM’s while cutting a good light is proving to be more difficult than I thought, but the more seat time I get the better I’m getting.