Gordon Foose, and his 1963 Split Window Corvette. Gordon started drag racing Corvettes in 1967, at the historic US 30 Drag-way in York Pa. Based out of Waynesboro Pa., he has piloted his drag Corvettes as a regular at many of the Mid-Atlantic Drag Strips, in the past, fielding a 1960, 1963, 1967 and a 1965, all Corvettes of course.After being involved in a crash, that totaled his “65”, 12 years ago, at the former South Mountain Drag way, now Quarter Aces, it was time for number 5.
After acquiring three donor cars, and building the tube chassis, to both IHRA and NHRA specifications, he pieced them all together and chose a small block Chevrolet power plant to power it down the track.Gordon said “No” to the automatic and went Old School and used a Jenco 4 speed as the transmission, that transfers the horsepower through a 4 link Strange suspension with 4:56 Dana rear gears.
The power plant is a 400 cubic inch small block Chevy, 4 bolt main caps, fitted with Scott Shafiroff crank, pistons and connecting rods.A Ultra Dyne camshaft and a set of Brodix heads with big valves and heavy duty springs allow the 950 Double Pumper Holley Carb to do its job.The big horsepower small block Corvette, sticks to the track with a set of Mickey Thompson Slicks on the back. Gordon’s 1963 Split Window makes consistent mid 9 second passes all day long.
Gordon runs his 63 Corvette in the Pro Stick class, where, ” Real Race Cars Have A Clutch”. There are plans for an engine freshen up and some more head work planned before the start of the 2013 season. Good Luck and thanks for letting us share your Radical Corvette.