An ironman can be defined as an exceptionally strong or robust man, or in conjunction with a triathlon, a long-distance race where competitors participate in a combination of swimming, cycling, and running. For nearly a decade, Randy Seward proved that he and his ’92 Mustang are a strong combination that can tackle the street and the strip. Seward has several wins in the QA1/Gear Vendors True Street category to his credit, as well as his share of Spring Break Shootout class titles.
The Florida-based Mustang and its driver also survived a pair of appearances in Hot Rodmagazine’s Drag Week competition, where vehicles are put through over 1,000 miles of street driving and five racetrack appearances over five days. But Seward raised the bar a bit higher with a road trip during the summer of 2018 dubbed “The Pony Express.”
So, how did an 8-second street car survive traveling over 12,000 miles and visiting 41 tracks in summertime temperatures? To find out, follow a long with a few of the highlights Seward shared with us from his adventure.
Traveling 11,600 miles to visit 39 different tracks puts a lot of toll on an engine, so Seward assembled a near duplicate of the turbocharged small-block Ford that had carried him to multiple True Street titles. He swapped the engine after participating at the NMCA Bradenton event, and rebuilt his transmission as well.
Seward had to travel over 1,000 miles before making his first run, thanks to a rain out at Atlanta Dragway. But Seward made his second stop a good one, participating in the Gear Vendors True Street class at NMCA’s Bluegrass Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
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Between Michigan and Ohio track stops, Randy was able to visit Mickey Thompson’s headquarters for a fresh pair of ET Street R radials. “I had figured 7,000 miles to that point, but the odometer had passed the 9,000-mile mark,” said Randy. “If I had made passes at all the tracks that were rained out, the tires would have been void of the lines. With all the rain I was yet to travel, those new tires were a blessing!”