Charney Dart Goes 10.17 At 134 MPH

When we brought you the story on Greg Charney's 1968 Dodge Dart in our Nov. 2013 issue ["Street Super Stocker"], we told you the all-aluminum 410ci small-block Mopar with its Liberty-shifted five-speed was all but ready to hit the track. Bad weather had dogged Charney for months as he attempted to get the Super Stocker–themed street car out to the drags.

Charney finally succeeded on Wednesday, October 9 at Milan Dragway in Milan, Michigan. Driving in right off the street, Charney went a 10.18, then a 10.17/134. With the Mickey Thompson radials heated up, his best 60-foot time was a 1.85. Charney told us: "The launch felt great. I had no idea when I first let the clutch out what would happen. I had set the ladder bars, springs, and shocks as neutral as possible and the car makes a slight move to the right. Next, I will put a little preload in the right side. That should cause more equal traction and a straighter launch. It felt really good to let the clutch out and grab some gears. The Liberty trans works so well you have to slow your hand down a bit to make sure you get some decent clutch departure during the shifts. The thing is, it comes out of gear with the slightest bit of clutch and will go into the next gear before you get much clutch plate departure. This sounds and feels great, but the trans probably won't like it for long. I plan to go back out and make some changes this week. I'll keep you posted. By the way, these runs were at 3,400 pounds through the street exhaust." Charney's news has us wanting to get Project Valiant on the road even more—guess we've got a bogey to shoot for now! —Johnny Hunkins


Ford Cop Car Stomps In Police Testing

So if you were ever going to pick a late-model cop car to run from, we recommend that you think twice before choosing to tango with a Ford Police Interceptor sedan. That more-door rocket beat the pants off of the Hemi-powered Charger cop car and the Chevy Caprice PPV during the annual Michigan State Police evaluation. Those tests are a big deal because they are kind of the industry standard when it comes to police cars, and lots of municipal and state buyers use them to gauge what models they want to add to their fleet. How thorough was the beating the Ford laid down? It outhustled the Chevy and Dodge to 60 by more than a half a second. It was also quicker to 100 mph. The EcoBoost 3.5L V-6 is pretty hot stuff, and we're waiting for them to become a swap in Pro Touring–style cars because they are relatively light and make tons of torque and horsepower. Oh, and don't run from the cops anyway. That movie never ends well. —Brian Lohnes


Z28 Blazes Nürburgring In Under 8 Minutes!

Firstly, it was a surprise when Chevy dropped the curtain on the 2014 Camaro Z28 at the NY Auto Show in 2013. We all thought that the Z28 was coming a couple years back, but reports were that the car that was to become the Z28 actually became the ZL1. Back to the drawing board, engineers put the naturally aspirated 505hp LS7 engine in the car, shaved more than 300 pounds by whacking stuff like radio, sound deadening, and other nonessential stuff, added massive Brembo brakes, and essentially created a Camaro capable of dope slapping a Boss 302 Laguna Seca, Porsches, some Lamborghinis, and most other stuff dumb enough to taunt it. The 7:37-second lap on Germany's NÜrburgring is significant for several reasons, one of which is the fact that lots of that lap was made in the rain. We don't know who the factory driver was, but the dude has skills and testicular fortitude for days. Search the YouTubes and you'll find the in-car video of the run. It is a great watch. —BangShift.com


Historic Strip Gets New Lease On Life

Ohio's Dragway 42, located in the hamlet of West Salem, Ohio, was up for sale recently, and racers far and wide worried about the fate of the property as we all do when a track comes up for purchase. Opened in 1961, Dragway 42 has hosted four-wide drag races, rockets, and other wild exhibitions in the decades it has been open. The track was purchased by a local family who intends to keep it open and functional as a dragstrip, apparently with plans to resurface the track as well. Dragway 42 isn't a massive national event facility, but it is important that all of the nation's 'strips and racing facilities of all stripes remain open and healthy so we can all get out there and hammer on our stuff in a safe environment. We're happy to report that it appears Dragway 42 will be doing that for many more years to come! —Brian Lohnes