Ford Ranchero and Chevy Nova Gassers line up for classic drag race
The Chevy driver runs three sprints in the video below and all are within 10 seconds. The fastest quarter-mile run comes in at 10.12 seconds, to go with a trap speed of 130.92 mph.
The Ford Ranchero is based on a 1965 truck, which is a late second generation model. Under that hollowed-out engine hood is also a small-block 5.8-liter V8, fitted with Cleveland heads and two Holley carburettors. All that power is transmitted to the rear wheels through a four-speed G-Force South transmission.
“Moonbeam” also appears to be blazingly fast for its class. But even if he rubs shoulders with “Sour Grape”, we can’t pick a winner. This is because the driver of the Ranchero does 1/8 mile races, releasing the accelerator pedal beyond that point. It also takes the quarter-mile line in the 10s, but the trap’s speed of less than 100mph is a clear sign it isn’t aiming for a benchmark.
An ET of 10.37 seconds without pressing the gas pedal also indicates that the Ranchero would be faster than the Nova over a quarter mile, but I guess we’ll never know by how much. It’s also worth pointing out that the Gasser Truck is driven by 18-year-old Colby Welch, apparently a rising start on the local drag scene.
Well, hopefully we’ll see more of these fantastic gasses in some proper drag racing events soon. This Ford Ranchero seems to be a good candidate for nine-second races. The fact that the second generation Rancheros are not very popular with drag racers makes “Moonbeam” much more spectacular.