Welcome to our Car of the Week series, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today we're spotlighting Texan Ian Dunaway and his 1963 Falcon.
How did you get into drag racing?
I was very fortunate to get into drag racing at the very young age of 8 years old running Junior Dragsters with my Dad and Mom! They took me to Texas Raceway where they have a Jr. Dragster School for beginners to find out if I liked it, and I knew at that time this was my sport. My dad and my grandpa race as well, so having three generations of racers in the family is kinda cool.
When and where was your first race?
My very first race in a big car was driving my dad’s rear engine dragster running 4.79 @ 142 mph at Wichita Falls, Texas where I had a R/U finish, losing by only .0002 in the final as my competitor and I had the exact same reaction time and ran dead on the dial to the .001 of a second.
What model/year do you race now?
My dad and grandpa purchased the 1963 Falcon that I drive today.
Does your car have a nickname?
It’s just my HotRod.
What's under the hood?
My dad and I built the 532ci Big Block Chevy that is in the car today. I know it upsets a lot of Ford fans to see the Falcon with a Chevy in it, but it is an impressive combination and works very well.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
My dad who owns and runs Mr. Wendell’s Transmissions purchased all of the pieces in my 2-speed Powerglide from BTE, and I also run a BTE 9” convertor that Bryan Robinson set up for us. We couldn’t be happier with the products or the service we get out of the transmission and convertor combination.
Why do you use BTE?
According to dad, BTE is the perfect place to buy parts for the sportsman racer. BTE caters to the sportsman racers with their products, their service and they are always putting on races for the Sportsman competitors like the BTE/Mr. Wendell’s races here locally at the Texas Motorplex, not to mention the Footbrake Challenges that BTE sponsors.
Someone you look up to in racing?
There are a lot of racers to look up to, but the one that sticks in my mind is Luke Bogacki. He stands for integrity, hard work and doing things the right way. He is the most respected sportsman driver in the industry today and has brought a lot of racers into the competitive market with his thisisbracketracing.com program.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I believe that there would be nothing more exciting than racing a pro-stock car like Jegs Coughlin. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Coughlin who let me sit in his car to get a feeling of what it would be like. He’s another racer who I look up to.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
There really isn’t just a ritual I follow, but my dad and my grandpa have taught me that a good routine is what it takes to succeed.