The History


I was basically born into drag racing.  My dad has been drag racing since he was 16 and I’m pretty sure I was at Atco Raceway when I was still in the womb.  I became my dad’s “Crew Chief” as soon as I was old enough to help out and I used to pick the dial-ins for him in his 1963 Nova bracket car.  When I was 11, NHRA started the Junior Drag Racing league and my dad offered to match any money I could make towards building a car.  I mowed as many lawns as I could and made enough money to build a Junior Dragster.  I raced in that series from ages 12 to 16 when I got my drivers license.  My first car was a 1970 Chevrolet C10 pickup that I got from a farm for a few hundred dollars.  By the time I graduated high school, it was a high 13 second truck, lowered, painted, etc.  It was my pride and joy.  Unfortunately, I went to college 700 miles from home and a 13 second, 30+ year old truck wasn’t the most practical college vehicle for a 19 year old so I had to get something better. 

In 2001 I purchased my first DSM, a 1996 Eclipse GS just to have something good on fuel to drive to school.  I played with that car for a year and I was fortunate enough to meet Paul Johnson (Boost Junkie) during that time and he showed me what a turbo AWD DSM could do.  At the time his 1997 Eclipse GSX had a Mutt 50 trim on it, top to bottom flow FMIC and all the supporting mods.  We used to take it to back roads in “Mexico” and use our G-tech g-meter to see what it would run. That’s the car that got me hooked on DSM’s and I owe all of that to Paul.  I’m very fortunate to have known Paul and I wish he was still with us to see this build. 

Almost a year to the day from purchasing my GS, I found my 1995 Eclipse GSX.  I purchased it in August of 2002 and it’s been undergoing changes ever since.  Paul and I modified our cars together all through college at Clemson and we both had solid 11 second cars when we graduated in 2005, we had a pretty intense rivalry and we would to spend most Friday nights at Atlanta Dragway racing.

After college, I began racing the car in the NOPI drag racing series on a whim.  I ended up placing second in my first event which gave me enough money to go to another event.  I placed second at the next event which gave me enough money to go to the NOPI finals in Norwalk where I was fortunate enough to win.  I spent the next couple years racing with NOPI and then NHRA Sport Compact when they merged with NOPI and placed as high as second in the national points.  The car went as quick as a 9.99 at 140 MPH and would run down in the 10.20 to 10.30 at 144 MPH range semi-consistently on street tires.

In 2008, my dad and I decided to build a 4G63 dragster.  Over the next 10 years, we focused most of our attention and money on racing the dragster, chasing NHRA points, NHRA records and 4G63 records.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to build, design, drive and partially own one of the quickest 4 cylinders in the world.  In 2018 we went 6.47 at 210 MPH.  Later in 2018, my dad and I decided to do Drag Week (more on what Drag Week is later) in his 1963 Nova Drag car, the same one I used to pick dial-ins for as a kid.  We spent the summer getting the car ready and completed the 1000 mile drive and 5 days of racing and averaged 10.622 seconds for the week.  It was a crazy adventure that we both agreed we would have to do again. 4G63 Dragster 4G63 Dragster
1963 Nova – Backyard Bandit – Drag Week 2018

During that same time, the 2G went through a couple very slow builds but for a majority of the time it was apart waiting for me to get time to put it back together. 

Drag Week DSM

That brings us to today and I’m about to show just how stupid I am.  My 2G is essentially a bare chassis at the moment and I’m in the beginning stages of an epic build with the goal of AVERAGING 8’s at Hot Rod Drag Week, 2019. 

So what’s Drag week?  Hot Rod Drag Week is a 5-day racing and rally style event at 4 tracks across the North East US.  This is a grueling drag race where the car is raced every day for 5 days with approximately 250 miles of public street driving between each event.  The challenge is, you must drive your race car between each event, on a prescribed route designed by Hot Rod Magazine to be as challenging as possible.  No support vehicles are allowed, no follow vehicles, just your race car, a small trailer towed by the race car and the people within the race car for 5 days of racing.  It’s a true torture test of both man and machine and it’s extremely challenging to just complete the event.    

Event Tracks and Dates:

Date Track
Monday, September 9 Virginia Motorsports Park, Dinwiddie, VA
Tuesday, September 10 Cecil County Dragway, Rising Sun, MD
Wednesday, September 11 Atco Dragway, Atco, NJ
Thursday, September 12 Maryland International Raceway, Mechanicsville, MD
Friday, September 13 Virginia Motorsports Park, Dinwiddie, VA

This is the first entry of what’s going to be a long build blog.  I’ll be doing my best to post everything here but I’ll also be working to keep my web site up to date to match this blog, I’ll be setting up my Facebook page and sharing on my Instagram account.  Here are all of those resources:



Instagram: @tony_turbo4

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Here’s a high-level overview of what the build will be with some of the more unique touches highlighted:

  • 2.0L Aluminum Rod turbo4 engine
  • DSM Automatic Transmission
  • Full DSS driveline
  • Tubular subframes
  • T4 Top Mount header with S400SX turbo
  • Haltech Elite 2500 engine management
  • Dual fuel system – small primary FIC injectors on 93 octane, Secondary 2150’s on E98 – Secondaries will phase in under boost
  • Drive by Wire throttle body – to help with cruise, startup, idle and drivability
  • Extensive coolers to handle everything from stopped in traffic to highway driving
  • Extensive weight reduction including
    • Tubular subframes
    • Lightweight brakes
    • Fiberglass doors
    • Carbon hood and hatch
    • Carbon sunroof

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