My friend Jerry dug this one out yesterday. That's me in front of my ’84 Corvette in July or August of '86 at Island Dragway in Great Meadows, New Jersey. It was my first time bringing it to the strip and it ran a trio of 15.3s at (I believe) 89 mph. Being New Jersey in the summer, it was hot and muggy. In bone-stock trim, the car later ran 15.1s at Raceway Park in Englishtown.
This is what I expected the car to run. With a chip, K&N filter and underdrive pulleys, we got it down to 14.5s. Long-tube headers and a high-flow cat got it to 14.1 at 98 or 99 mph on stock Gatorback tires—pretty competitive on the street at the time. It shined in races from a 60 mph roll and would easily crack 140 stock. The helmet was rated Snell 80—as in 1880.
Took it to my first open track driving school at Charlotte Motor Speedway with 105,000 on the clock and she performed like a thoroughbred, using not a drop of oil. Drove it there from North Jersey, flogged it for two days on the road course and oval, then cruised it home. Saw some big-speed between NASCAR turns 2 and 3 on the back straight.
Car was taken out permanently when my wife was involved in a wreck with 143,000 miles on the clock. I beat the hell out of it for a dozen years, yet the drivetrain never flinched. Every part of the car had rattles and the factory paint turned pink shortly after this picture was taken, but I did love her.