1967 Pontiac LeMans
Jim Alcorn, Central Point, OR
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Rather than the classic father-to-son gift to keep a car in the family, this '67 Pontiac LeMans actually started in the hands of Jim Alcorn's son, Chris, who performed a minor resto on it to make a high school driver. After graduation, Chris' priorities changed, and he and Jim struck an agreement; Jim would buy it and the car would be parked for a year; if Chris wanted it back it would be his. The year passed, and Jim got started on making the LeMans into his toy.
The idea was to have a quick street car with a racy edge that didn't steal from the Classic LeMans lines. Mission accomplished, we'd say. The build was a slow process since Jim preferred to work on it in the snowy winter months, and drive it spring through fall to any and all events in the area. In fact, there have been many times when Jim drove to a cruise on Friday, showed it on Saturday, and raced it Sunday. How's that for a car guy's weekend? Jim prefers bracket racing in the Summit Series, and to date has made over 550 passes with more than 325 round wins. The biggest, however, was at the 2007 National Dragster Challenge, where Jim earned a Wally in the Pro Class. Occasionally, even Chris takes it down the 1320, and Jim told us, "I have to say, I have as much fun watching him drive his old high school car as I do driving it myself."
Jim's best race, however, was actually a loss. In the other lane was his 81-year-old dad in his 16-second Seville. The elder Alcorn was surprisingly quick on the light and Jim ended up breaking out of his time trying to catch up. Jim says, "He had the biggest smile, and I will cherish that moment and memory forever."