Willys coupes were amongst the gasser war's heaviest hitters. Sitting high and packing a solid punch, these curious vehicles are remembered as definitive drag machines, a far cry from their homely utilitarian origins.
This is what you get when you take one of Ford's all conquering GT40's, slice a little off the top and put it on a strict diet of aluminum. Lightening a proven race winner would seem to make perfect sense, unfortunately the GT40 X1 didn't quite live up to expectations. Despite tipping the scales a full 1000 lbs less than its steel siblings, thanks in part to an experimental aluminum chassis from Abbey Panels in Britain, the X1 failed to make its presence felt during the 1965 season. It took a transplant of good old NASCAR brewed horsepower for this test mule to finally get up and run. In its last race at Sebring in 1966, Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby took the checkered flag for Ford ahead of a strong field of Ferraris, Porsches and Chaparrals.
The Drag Cars In Motion thread over at The H.A.M.B has been a treasure trove of classic drag racing images for quite some time. Recently, Plum has been kind enough to share a plethora of high resolution pictures for everyone to enjoy. I couldn't resist compiling a selection of the wildest Fuel Altered of them all, The Winged Express. With his casual one handed driving technique, Wild Willie Borsch must rate as one of the most insane drivers to ever run down the quarter mile. For more drag racing go to theH.A.M.B. Warning: It may take some time to view as there are nearly 900 pages !!