11.2.1936 – 6.9.2018
At time of going to press, Hot Rod Drag Week is in full flow, passing through Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and back to Georgia. Unfortunately, a less welcome visitor to those states at the same time is Hurricane Florence… Check out Tom Bailey, on the road from Atlanta to Darlington, in this photo by Wesley Allison. Drag Week does not allow trailering; you’re only allowed to bring whatever you can carry. Earlier that day, Bailey had run deep into the sixes in this car… and I don’t see any wipers or side windows.
The new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1968 and ’69 Le Mans-winning GT40 with motorsport’s most famous paint scheme – the Gulf Oil colours. It’ll only run for two years, with No. 9 graphics for 2019 and No. 6 graphics for 2020.
Ford recently announced that the high-performance Ranger Raptor will go on sale across Europe in 2019. It’ll have a 210hp bi-turbo version on the 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, coupled to a 10-speed automatic. Incidentally, big brother, the F-150 Raptor, now has Trail Control – basically a cruise control for trail driving between 1-20mph.