MAXTON, NC (July 27, 2009) Frank Leisson, owner of Victory Racing Engines, now owns an East Coast Timing Association-sanctioned land speed record as well, as a 1940 Ford Coupe owned and driven by John Barrow (pictured) topped out at 123.8 mph at the Maxton Mile test track to establish the new mark for the Vintage Circle Track class (XF/VCT). Using VP’s Q16 racing fuel to power the Flathead Ford’s 286 ci Victory Racing Engine power plant with a 4-barrel carburetor and Wilson & Woods heads, Leisson’s record capped off a 10-month effort.
For earlier on-track tests, Leisson had used Sunoco Supreme racing fuel, but a conversation with Freddie Turza, VP’s Technical Consultant-Circle Track, convinced him to try VP’s Q16. “With no other changes besides fuel, we immediately picked up three miles per hour,” Leisson confirmed. “When it came time to go all out for the record, it was clear that giving it our best shot dictated that we use Q16.”
Operating out of Terry Labonte’s Labonte Racing shop, Victory builds engines primarily for dirt track, modified and drag cars. “We’ve found Q16 offers substantial performance gains across a wide range of applications,” Liesson said. “As an example, a dyno test with an R5 Dodge dirt engine showed a gain of 25 Hp and 20 foot pounds of torque with Q16 compared to Supreme.”
“Q16 is definitely on the leading edge of fuel technology,” Leisson added. “I spent a number of years working in Winston Cup racing, too, so it’s fun to think we’re applying what is now “Sprint Cup” technology and 21 st century fuel technology to vintage race cars.”
The East Coast Timing Association LLC (ECTA) is the principal sanctioning organization for Land Speed Racing in the Eastern United States. Five times a year, scores of car and motorcycle racers gather at the Laurinburg-Maxton airfield just outside Maxton, North Carolina, to speed down the Maxton Mile race track. Vehicles range from production cars and bikes (basically off the showroom floor) to exotic, purpose-built racers.