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Silver Surfer Racing’s Full Exhaust Notchback is Heating Up the Grudge Circuit | Presented by Nitto Tire

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Aaron Tingle has a grudge to settle with the track, and he does so with his silver Fox-body Mustang, affectionately known as The Silver Surfer. This car might perform like your dream car, but it’s no trailer queen. Even though the grudge car runs like a monster, it’s a true street car all around.

There’s something to be said for focusing on the performance of a car, instead of stripping it down to the bare bones and dressing it in a fiberglass body to make it appear to be a street car. When we say no weight reduction has been done to this car, we mean it; this Notchback Mustang is even running a complete exhaust and has maintained a full interior. The body is all steel, with the exception of the hood.

“The car gets a lot of attention for being a full interior grudge car with tailpipes coming out of the back,” Aaron tells us “I didn’t want to turn it into a track only car and wanted to see how fast I could get it to go without stripping it down to nothing.”

No offense to anybody who races a full blown, fiberglass bodied, lexan glass equipped car, but it’s just not an attainable way to race a car for most enthusiasts. That’s why so many people are drawn in to the Silver Surfer Racing Mustang, owned and driven by Aaron, a guy with a real passion for grudge racing. There’s something about the car in this form that makes it feel extremely relatable.

Aaron actually bought the Mustang 20 years ago, but ended up selling it on down the line. As fate would have it, the car would cross his path again about 8 years after selling it, and it would once again return to his garage, where he’d get to work making it track worthy, without completely stripping it of its street car spirit.

In addition to the custom handmade 4” aluminum exhaust from DC Performance, this Mustang is dripping with high-performance, high-power modifications to make sure it can compete with stripped down trailer cars. The fuel injected small-block Ford engine was built by Brian Roche Racing Engines and has Trick Flow cylinder heads and a Holley EFI setup. A Fast Lane fogger nitrous kit gives it some added pep in its step.

Backing the powerful engine is a 2-speed transmission that was built by Mike Graham of Virginia Speed Race Cars. A high stall torque converter from Ultimate Converter Concepts makes sure the grudge car launches hard, and constantly as well. A beefy 9-inch rear-end from TRZ Motorports takes the massive output from the powertrain and puts the power to the pavement. A TRZ K-member, Santhuff shocks, and 10×12 wheels help the chassis and suspension to carry the Pony Car swiftly down the track.

There’s a lot to be said about Aaron’s Silver Surfer Racing car. Aaron will be back on the road, touring some of the southern grudge races this spring. We can’t wait to see more of this car and its tailpipes as it rages down the track.


Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.
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