As we grow and mature, we tend to take a step back, slow down, and enjoy what life has to offer. It's only then that we lay down our hobbies and toys to spend time with family. But sometimes, our family is part of our hobby, and it only brings us closer to the ones we love.
This has certainly been the case for Eric Lackenbauer and his father. Eric's 1987 Ford Mustang LX coupe is not only a testament to his dedication to his car, but his father's dedication to Eric. "My father has always been there by my side," says Eric. "He's my best friend, and I wouldn't be able to do a lot of the things I do without him."
Eric and his notch have made the transformation from street racing and running 10s to attending car shows and running 8s—naturally aspirated. That's right, and he's doing it with a Windsor; not a big block. The transformation didn't happen overnight, though. This journey began in 1998, when Eric was only 15 years old.
"It was a 302 pump-gas motor running low 10s in early 2000. Then, it was a nitrous car with a 347, Performer RPM heads, and a plate, and it went low 9s," says Eric.
Now, with a 421ci Windsor, he's been as quick as 8.93 at 150.4 mph in the quarter-mile. The centerpiece of the coupe's performance capability is the Extreme Racing Engines Windsor. Thanks to Jeremy at Extreme, it pumps out 780 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. The short-block consists of an Eagle crankshaft, Diamond pistons, and Oliver rods.
A Holley Dominator 1050 feeds ported Edelbrock Victor heads and intake, and Eric himself tuned the combination. He wouldn't give us the cam specs, but did admit that the lift specs were "under 800."
A bulletproof Powerglide built by Eric's uncle Eugene of Gene's Auto handles transmission duties. It features a 7,300-stall 8-inch converter from Ultimate Converter Concepts, a trans brake, and straight-cut gears.
But it's not all about going fast. Eric enjoys taking his dad to car shows and cruise spots more than spending a day at the track.
My father has always been there by my side.