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 Rob Thomas of Southgate, MI and his 1969 Oldsmobile 442.
How did you get into drag racing?
Have had the "car bug" as long as I can remember going back to when I was a young kid back in the early 60s. A neighbor had a ’64 Dodge that he used to race at Motor City Dragway and took me once to watch. Got me hook, line and sinker from then on.
When and where was your first race?
Not quite sure of the year - somewhere around 1985 perhaps. Place was Detroit Dragway.
What model/year do you race now?
1969 Oldsmobile 442. A street /strip car.
Does your car have a nickname?
It’s been called the "pumpkin" a few times.
What's under the hood?
461 Olds - 10:1 comp. Ported factory heads / Torker intake / Holley 850 DP / ARH headers thru full 3" Stainless Mandrel exhaust. Best ET to date 11.43 / 116 mph
Someone you look up to in racing?
Mike Edwards - he always impressed me as a very knowledgeable and gracious person.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
That would be a very tough decision... I love all makes to an extent, and if money were no object, I'd be like Jay Leno and have one of each.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Can't say actually have a ritual since I am just a hobby racer, but I try to be consistent with burnout and staging as a bracket racer.