As if 2017 wasn’t a good enough year for Florida-based racer Josh Klugger who won the NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars season championship and the coveted Pro 275 class at Donald “Duck” Long’s “No Mercy 8” race at South Georgia Motorsports Park, the champ has decided to kick things into yet another high gear and has started the build of an all-new car.
“Long story short, I came really close to retiring after this year. After winning the NMCA championship and Duck’s race, well, it doesn’t get much better than that,” admitted Klugger, who piloted his Racecraft-built, Pro Line Racing-powered and twin turbocharged Fiscus/Klugger Racing ’93 Ford Mustang to success all season long. “I have been wanting to build a ’67 Mustang for years, though, and decided on a last hurrah to put this car together.”
To make his classic Mustang dreams a reality, Klugger contracted with Skinny Kid Race Cars to build the ’67 Mustang’s chassis. Built to be an Outlaw 10.5 style racecar conforming to NMCA Radial Wars and Cecil County Dragway rules, as well as Radial vs the World, Klugger’s killer new chassis will be skinned in steel. Klugger worked with Rick Schmidt and Matthew Laszaic at National Parts Depot in Ocala, Florida, to obtain the absolutely beautiful reproduction body, and couldn’t be more excited to see the finished product come to life. The car will then be sprayed a sexy red hue with complimentary, iconic black stripes.
Under the hood, Klugger plans to run PLR Hemi power with a set of twin Garrett turbochargers and Turbosmart ancillary components. A turbo 400 from Proformance Transmissions and ProTorque converter will transfer the power to the ground via a set of Mickey Thompson radial tires, and the Menscer Motorsports suspension will help put it all to good use.
Meanwhile, Jamie Miller from Pro Line Racing will continue his successful partnership with Klugger and will manage the FuelTech electronic fuel injection system’s tune up.
Although it likely won’t be completed until mid-season in 2018, Klugger plans to run as many NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars with his new Mustang as possible, as well as other “king of the hill” style races, such as Long’s Lights Out and No Mercy events.
“If you stay complacent, you get passed by others,” added Klugger, who plans to do plenty of passing of others with his wicked new ’67 Mustang radial car.