AMC FANS REJOICE!
210-PLUS-MPH JAVELIN TURNS HEADS WHEREVER IT GOES
ASK ANY MUSCLE CAR ENTHUSIAST WHAT THEIR FAVORITE PONY CAR IS AND THEY'LL PROCLAIM MUSTANG, CAMARO OR MAYBE EVEN 'CUDA. Rarely there'll be a shout-out for an American Motors product. Indiana native Bryant Goldstone has been changing that narrative with this legit street-driven 210-plus-mph AMC Javelin.
At just 19, Goldstone bought this car in 1986. It was completely stock and in great shape, with a 304 small-block and an automatic with about 60k miles on it. It was nice for what it was, but not quite enough. Actually, he wasn’t looking for an AMC at the time, but it was the best he could find.
Known in some circles as the “forgotten muscle car,” American Motors introduced the Javelin as a 1968 model and built two generations between 1968-70 and again in 1971-74. Longer and roomier than its Big Three counterparts, the Javelin had, arguably, the best styling of any of them, though it still did not achieve mainstream popularity.
“About a year later, my buddy, Kevin Davis, talked me into dropping a 327 Chevy in it with a turbo 350,” he said.
“For the next 10 years, it was street driven and a 10-11-second bracket racer with different small-block combinations. Then I met Norm Beer-horst at Ultra Tech Race Engines in Mishawaka, Indiana. We put in a 556-cid Chevy with nitrous and went racing in NMCA, NSCA and Super Chevy. We won the last three events in the old American Musclecar Series back in 1998.”
Goldstone stepped up in competition with a Monte Carlo kit from Jerry Bickel, which relegated the Javelin to jack stands. Four years later, it was time for a change, so the Javelin was dusted off and fitted with a 638-cid nitrous combination. These were the days when the Fastest Street Car competition was all the rage, and Goldstone was in the mix both onand-off the track with a 7.48 ET at 188 mph to his credit. A high water mark came later in
2009 when he won a Pinks All Out event at Martin, Michigan.
The Javelin was once again shelved when Goldstone constructed a 1970 Chevelle with an F-3 Pro-Charger. Built to compete in Hot Rod’s annual Drag Week, he found spending time behind the wheel of a street-driven, seven-second car brought him the most joy.
That’s when he returned his attention to his trusty Javelin. With the help of friend Bob Sonneborn, the all-steel body and stock glass were removed and tucked away while a new Bob Sonneborn custom chassis and cage were fabricated and a new twin turbo engine combo was built.
Ultra Tech assembled a 572-cid engine combination with a Sonny Bryant billet crank, Diamond 9:1 pistons and MGP aluminum connecting rods. Race Flow Development in Virginia Beach, Virginia, provided the Edelbrock cylinder heads that contain a Crane roller cam with T&D rockers, Crower lifters, Manley valves and Trend 7/16-inch pushrods. Profiler provided its Sniper intake manifold with a Wilson 105mm throttle body with Billet Atomizer 235 lb-hr injectors. It’s backed by dual Fuel Lab electric pumps and a Big Stuff three-speed density ECU. Precision Turbo in Hebron, Indiana, provided the twin 88mm turbochargers which dispense a healthy 35 pounds of boost in conjunction with a Chiseled Performance liquid-to-air intercooler. Supporting the engine combination is a Rossler Pro Mod transmission with a Pro Torque 5,500 rpm stall converter.
“We had a big learning curve with the turbos the first year,” Goldstone said. “However, with Brian Robbins of Robbins Racecraft in St. Joseph, Michigan, Brent Baker from Baker Prototype in Elkhardt, Indiana, and Joe McNamara, we got it together.”
That might be a bit of an understatement. Goldstone won the Ultimate Iron class, finishing second overall during the prestigious Hot Rod Drag Week in both 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he made the final round in two of the three Lane Automotive No Prep events at Martin, and won Pro Street at Shakedown at The Summit in Norwalk. Weighing in at 3,300 pounds with 34.5x15 Hoosiers on the rear, Goldstone ran a best of 6.73/214 mph last year with a best 1/8-mile pass of 4.30/179 mph. Not bad for a street car.
Running numbers like this while still surviving 1,000mile endurance runs is a pretty serious testament to the build quality and tune-up of this vintage American. Whether it’s on the track or on a street cruise that’s making America (n Motors) great again!
The twin turbo'd aluminum 572-incher features all premium components. See the story for details.
Goldstone is safely tucked in the Sonneborn-built Funny Car-style roll cage. The Jav's interior is a bit roomier than its Big Three pony car brethren. The shifter is connected to a Rossler trans featuring a Pro Torque converter.
With the snoot removed, more of Sonneborn's race-carbuilding skills are visible.
The Jav features two fuel tanks, 6 gallons for race fuel and 13 for “street” gas. To compete at Drag Week, you've got to drive your racer to and from the track.