Rachel Jones and her dad, James Cooper, are a natural drag racing team. He tunes the 9.70-second Camaro and she drives it as a member of the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters, a touring group of four-speed drag cars.
Rachel Jones and her dad, James Cooper, campaign this 1968 Camaro as part of the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters tour, hauling the 9.70-second car to drag strips around the Midwest in their fully enclosed race trailer.
Rachel Jones says her '68 Camaro drag car's performance has increased gradually from 13-second runs a few years ago to 9.70-second passes, thanks to her dad's engine-building and tuning skills. But she works on the engine, too, and has never raced anything but a four-speed stick car.
One of the more unusual features of "Rachel's Toy" is the air conditioning unit used to funnel cool air into her helmet and the interior of the car. It is actually a vintage "swamp cooler" that is loaded with ice before each run; it runs off its own battery, so there is no power drain on the engine.
The heart of the matter: a 427-cubic-inch smallblock Dart block fitted with Brodix heads and intake, a 1000 cfm Holley carb and modified Hooker headers produce an estimated 700 horsepower. At the rear wheels, power has been measured at an honest 540 horsepower.
The interior of "Rachel's Toy" is purely functional, crammed with an inline competition shifter, a line-lock and gauges ranging from fuel and brake pressure to exhaust gas temperature and an oversize playback tachometer.