Photo Courtesy of Daniel Pharris Motorsports
Don’t say you weren’t warned—Dewayne Mills and Daniel Pharris gave everyone plenty of warning when they announced their combined efforts to field a 1968 Camaro in No Prep racing across the Southeast and Midwest areas. In just the car’s second event, Mills cruised into the winner’s circle not once, but twice during the Dirty South No Prep Series season opener at Gulfport Dragway in Mississippi.
The first win came on Friday night during the Cash Days Big Tire shootout and Mills collected $5,000 for his efforts. He would once again run the tables on the group on Saturday, this time beating Ronnie Hobbs and his Texas Rattlesnake pick-up truck in the finals. Twin-turbo Pro Line Racing engines power each racer—Mills utilizes the company’s tried and true 481X combination while Hobbs runs a HEMI. It was also a battle of tuners, Jamie Miller oversees the FuelTech FT600 and power management systems for Mills and NHRA Pro Mod tuner Brandon Stroud works with Hobbs.
The Golden Kong is a team effort between Mills and Pharris as each of them combined parts from their race programs. Mills’ took spare parts from his well-known Radial vs. The World operation and linked it up with “discarded” parts from Pharris’ Pro Mod ride. Larry Jeffers Race Cars crafted the Camaro specifically for No Prep competition. That meant he began with a real 1968 body, keeping the steel roofs and quarter-panels and adding carbon fiber front clip, doors, and trunk. A massive rear wing was grafted to the body and Pharris says based on shock data and ground height sensors, the massive wing is highly effective in planting the huge Mickey Thompson slicks.
Next up for Pharris is a stop at the Scoggin Dickey Parts Center NMRA/NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, this weekend, with his Pro Mod. Mills is preparing to get his famous Golden Gorilla on track in two weeks during the Outlaw Street Car Reunion at Beech Bend Raceway.