GREG VISCOME’S ’89 ’STANG IS ABOUT AS STOCK AS THEY GET
WHEN MANY ENTHUSIASTS DAYDREAM ABOUT WHEELING A DRAG CAR, VISIONS OF PRO MODS OR FUNNY CARS SWIRL IN THEIR HEAD. Yet, some racers find success with a lot less horsepower and smaller budgets than people might think. Greg Viscome of Minneapolis might be one of those guys with this M/Stock Automatic Fox-body Mustang.
Strip off the lettering, bolt on some stock mufflers and wheels and this would easily pass for any other Mustang you might see at a local cruise-in. The name Vindicator over the rear wheel well shows this car goes out looking for justice, while a tiny “47” in the lettering shows this is but one in a long line of family race cars.
Greg’s grandfather was a racer, and his father, Drake, was one of the original Ford Thunderbolt Super Stock drivers back in 1964. A long procession of other Fords followed, including Super Stockers, an
A/FX machine, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Super Gas and more. Greg himself has raced several cars with his dad, but this has become his favorite.
Classed in NHRA M/Stock Automatic and IHRA G/FIA, Greg’s Mustang runs a very stock 5.0L engine. To stay within class rules, minimal work was done inside the engine. On the outside, Greg went to solid engine mounts, an electric fan, slightly larger than stock 24 lb-hr injectors, Stahl headers, and he dumped the emissions equipment.
The trick stuff can be found within the car’s transmission and suspension. Greg runs a lightweight C4 tranny benefitting from expert work by Joel’s on Joy in South Lyon, Minnesota, and Brewer’s Automotive in Bennett, North Carolina. Greg usually launches the car at 3,000 rpm and shifts at 5,800 in running the 1/8-mile.
The suspension uses Strange struts on the front with QA-1 shocks and Maximum Motorsports upper/lower control arms on the rear. Sub-frame connectors and a roll bar help remove body flex while also providing necessary protection. The beefed-up stock rearend runs a 5.13 gear. Weld Magnums shod with Hoosier rubber makes up the rolling stock.
Passersby at his pit always have questions and comments regarding how hard the car launches, which Greg attributes to the tall first gear in the tranny, fourcylinder springs and careful shock tuning. With a race weight of 3,180 pounds, he’s recorded a 12.09/106 mph in the quarter and a 7.60/88 mph in the eighth.
While others may footbrake or bracket race,
Greg has found that class racing in the Carolina
Class Racer Association and IHRA provides an atmosphere blending serious competition with camaraderie and fun, without breaking the bank. Focusing on twoday events with separate eliminations each day helps reduce travel expenses, while 1/8-mile events help extend the life of some parts. It also provides meaningful family time with his dad, mom Laura and twin brother Drake.
Many chassis and engine builders might be disappointed by all of the things Greg doesn’t need to go racing at this level, but making a little trouble can sometimes be a lot of fun.