photo: Bob Chiluk

Thanks goes to AUTOCULT Nomad, Robert Morris, for the heads-up on this one…

In 1954, drag racing was a fairly new sport, but it was becoming more and more popular and the idea of sanctioned events with elapsed time recording and all the shit we take for granted in modern-day-3-second-rolling-billboard Top Fuel and Funny Car racing was but a novelty.

And the cars on those early dragstrips were about as refined as a farm tractor, with all the styling to match. But hell, everything has to start somewhere and the idea of going as fast as possible from a standing start to the end of a quarter mile had more to do with pushing a repurposed passenger car through the ambient air than a purpose-built machine to cheat it.

But, in ’54, the very first World Series Of Drag Racing was being held in the Midwest and there were more than a few guys willing to put their skills and asses to the test with whatever they thought would beat the other guy down the track. And that’s where Kenny Kerr and Francis Fortman put their home-built, alcohol-burning, flathead-powered Deuce 3-window to the test. Just once.

The coupe was put out to pasture, literally, after that day of racing just outside of Chicago and was finally discovered by Ken Robins just recently. We’re not gonna spoil the story any more than we already have, so we’ll now turn it over to the guys at Old Cars Weekly to tell you the whole deal. We’re not batshit crazy about ’32 Fords the way most hotrodders are, but we absolutely ARE full-blown nutty about stories like this. Read on, right here.

So very, very, cool…

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