Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Jumpin' Jalapeño

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The magnificently glitzy Jumpin' Jalapeño, with its fairground dodgem paint, is a gasser built from a 1961 Ford Falcon.
If you're not familiar with gassers, it's a style that was popular from the late-fifties through to the seventies in the US; their outlandish appearance owes to them being jacked up with truck axles to improve weight distribution & transfer under acceleration - a handy thing in a drag racer. As befits a car of this age and nature, the Jalapeño's headers exit through the front arches, the paint is a glorious metalflake frenzy, and there's all kind of arcane chicanery happening under the hood: a thumping 450bhp tortures the rear rubber thanks to a 351ci Cleveland V8 with Edelbrock cams and a thirsty Holley 750 double-pumper carb. There's a black diamond pleat interior, an Eelco tank on the nose, and boisterous potential energy in spades.
Most eyecatching car at the 2013 Bromley Pageant? Possibly. It was certainly one of the tallest...

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