Tony McKinney 1985 S10 Supercharged Blazer
Your first race car will always hold a special place in your heart… how far you take construction really depends on how much modification you’re willing to put into the vehicle. Tony McKinney originally built his 1985 S10 Blazer to tow his boat, but the scope of the project has changed dramatically. These days, the Blazer rocks a big screw blower and works with the nation’s fastest small-tire unprepared cars.
Running has been an important and important part of McKinney’s life for a long time – he makes a living working on cars and racing has actually saved him from making some really bad life choices.
“When I was younger I regularly had a lot of problems and running helped me to recover. There was a local bracket runner I was introduced to and he took me under his wing when I was only 15 years old. He started taking me to the races, and it gave me a purpose and something to do. Running is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I don’t know what I would do without it, ”says McKinney.
McKinney’s Blazer was originally his boat’s tug, but he modified it to make it a fun ride. A few of McKinney’s friends convinced him to take the Blazer out on the runway, and he had a blast. That one trip to the track was enough for McKinney to really dive into the Blazer as a drag racing project, and the rest is history.
McKinney built most of the Blazer chassis himself and enlisted the help of Tim Irwin and BRS Racing. The four-link rear suspension is a custom setup McKinney made to work with a set of Ron G shocks. The most prominent feature of the Blazer is the H-rotor screw-type fan that sits atop a large Chevy block and protrudes from the hood. A Haltech engine management system controls the large rat engine.
Originally, McKinney had no plans to bring his Blazer to “No Prep Kings” events, but plans changed and the Blazer got a new lease of life.
“In 2019, I won the title of small tire” No Prep Kings (NPK) in my Mustang Fox Body named “Stepchild”. I had a contract to drive another car, but we still wanted to race in the small tire category at NPK events. The Blazer was just sitting there and we knew we had to step things up to compete on a small tire, so we put it into service. I was going to put a small block with a pair of turbos in the Blazer, but the gentleman I’m driving for vetoed and wanted us to use a screw blower with a big block, since that’s what we already have. used on other cars, ”McKinney explains.
At the first NPK event this year, McKinney made contact with the wall behind the wheel of his Blazer during a shakedown race, and he is currently working to put it back in place to compete in other unprepared events in the future. close.