When John Eleazer bought his 1960 Pontiac Catalina, he didn’t have any plans to transform it into a drag-strip scorcher. He drove it back from the dealership into his driveway, not to a race shop, and the Catalina served its daily driver duties faithfully for five years.
Then Eleazer caught the drag-racing fever. He started tinkering with the Catalina’s 389-cubic-inch V-8. Out went the factory two-barrel carb and intake, and in went a four-barrel—and, eventually, a 3×2 setup. With more room to breathe on the intake side, he settled on long-tube headers to help the engine exhale. A drag racer was born.
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These cars are well before my time for seeing them in the wild, but my family has a few 59 Pontiac parts cars stashed as we look for the one-day project to use them on. I mention this... because these are big heavy cars. That 13.40 is truly impressive.
I also think towing the drag car with the same make is brilliant and one of the coolest things I have ever heard about a racer doing.
Great that Tim has loaned it to a museum. Some exhibition passes at some Northeast drag strips (not sure if any of the car's old haunts still exist?) and a Roadkill nights appearance would be cool. Don't have to punish the car, but it belongs on the strip.
Glad the story got told here.