Classic Sports Car - - Letters - Steve Brown

Of all the cus­tom and mod­i­fied cars on the dragstrip, few drew as much at­ten­tion as the out­landish Model T of Es­sex-based Steve Brown. “It doesn’t mat­ter how many other cars we’re out with, this is the one that gets the looks,” he says. “It was built to look like a car­toon hot rod.”

“It’s an all-orig­i­nal ‘Tall T’ body that’s been chan­nelled, with a sui­cide front and a Chevro­let ZZ4 small­block,” ex­plains Brown. “I’ve owned it for eight years. It was built by Adrian Smith at Buck­land Au­to­mo­tive just be­fore I bought it, and took around two years to com­plete. Neil Tad­man did the in­te­rior after I man­aged to get hold of some gold leather – I wanted it to look ‘pimp’ from the in­side and stan­dard out­side, so it’s a sur­prise for peo­ple when they come up to it.”

Looks are only half the sur­prise with this Model T, which proved dev­as­tat­ingly quick on the strip: “I did well, apart from los­ing nearly ev­ery race to my part­ner Becca! She beat me in the brown Phaeton that I built for her.”

A fi­nal­ist for the past two years, Brown’s in­abil­ity to beat his bet­ter half wasn’t lost on event reg­u­lars: “Neil Fretwell from the VHRA put us in the same lad­der so she’d get to the fi­nal,” says Brown. “In the last elim­i­na­tors I beat her by a tyre – they were gut­ted!”

Brown’s in­ter­est in hot rods ex­tends to a flat­head-pow­ered 1927 T Road­ster that he races at Pen­dine Sands, a Model A Coupe used for ev­ery­day trans­port, and a right-hand-drive 1948 Chevy Fleet­wood.

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