The ranks of True Street are swollen with late-model Fox-chassis Mustangs, partly due to the class's origination in the Mustang ranks. Thus, it's really hard to get noticed in a Mustang because there are so many of them around. Fortunately for Mike Biggs, his '88 LX stands out from the crowd, not so much for earth-stopping performance, but for its attention to detail, clean looks, and flawless execution. Yes, Mike takes pride in his work, and this LX is his calling card for a burgeoning performance shop he runs back in Indiana. Looking beyond the fairly common, yet competent nitrous'd fuel-injected 351, the LX employs a bulletproof Liberty face-tooth-gear-shifted Tremec, which allows lightning-fast, effortless, clutchless shifts. Mike, the perennial stickman, swears by the United Manual Transmission Racers (UMTR) association, a loose confederation of racers who run a race series in Ohio strictly for stick cars. Amazing launches, wild wheelstands, and gear-jamming excitement are the main draw, and we confess to having no prior knowledge of the Ohio-based group. If the mayhem continues, we may have to check it out.

1988 Ford Mustang LX 5.0
Mike Biggs
Occupation: Auto shop owner
Hometown: Fortville, IN
Best Prior e.t.: 11.04/128
True Street e.t. Average: 11.120

Engine: Small-block Ford 351 Windsor
Displacement: 358 ci
Compression: 10.3:1
Cylinder heads: Pro Action 215cc runner, 2.02/1.60-inch valves
Camshaft: COMP hydraulic roller, 230 degrees at .050, .560-inch lift
Rocker arms: Dove Engineering 1.6:1 ratio
Lifters: stock hydraulic roller lifters
Intake manifold: TFS "R" intake
Fuel injection: stock EEC-IV with PMS controller and 30 lb/hr injectors
Power-adder: Nitrous Works 125hp shot
Rotating assembly: stock
Transmission: Tremec, face-plated by Liberty
Rearend: 8.8-inch Ford with 3.55 gears, Richmond spool, 31-spline axles
Rear tires: Mickey Thompson ET Street 27x10.5-15
Front suspension: stock
Rear suspension: stock style, Granatelli upper control arms,
Holcomb Megabite lowers
Total cost of car: $17,000