Car of the Week: Steve Thurman's 1969 Ford Mustang

Car of the Week: Steve Thurman's 1969 Ford Mustang

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 Steve Thurman from Gallatin, TN and his 1969 Ford Mustang.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I got into racing because my dad raced back in the early years with a 65 mustang.
 
When and where was your first race?
My first actual race at a race track was around 1986 at Music City Raceway. I raced the car my dad gave me in high school, which is the 1969 Mustang still race today. I also delivered pizzas in this car back in high school.
 
What model/year do you race now?
1969 Mustang
 
Does your car have a nickname?
My daughter calls my car Fred. I don't know the reason, but she is 11 years old and has called it that since she could talk.
 
What's under the hood?
The power comes from a 351 Windsor stroked out to 416 cubic inch. It's fuel injected with Enderle on alcohol. The motor is flat top roller cam and aluminum heads with a stock 1972 block. The transmission is all BTE internals with stock case and bellhousing that I built since I own a transmission shop.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I purchase all my racing trans parts from BTE.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If I had all the money, I would drive a Pro Stock car and hopefully see the one I keep up with which is Erica Enders.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
My pre-race prep is to check the car over, get a massage, and see my chiropractor.
 
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 10:18 AM