1927 FORD MODEL T
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.