Jan Kadlec: 1987 Thunderbird

Jan Kadlec. 1987 Thunderbird

[Photo by: Rikki Bloemsaat]

Jan started drag racing 33 years ago (78-79 season), in a Valiant Pacer, when 18 years old. He then progressed to racing Dick Legge's altered with his brother Karl during the 1980s. The altered started with a carburettored 331 Chevrolet motor. It was then upgraded with a methanol carburettor, followed by a 6/71 supercharger and bird catcher fuel injection.

Jan then had children and raced a street 1957 Chev for a few years, before teaming up with Paul Bloemsaat to race Allen Lim's Thunderbird. In 2013, Jan won Supercharged Outlaws at the IHRA Nationals.

Class BB/TS
Body 1987 Thunderbird
Engine 540 Chev
Supercharger 14/71
Fuel Injection Enderle Buzzard Catcher
Ignition MSD 7AL2
Clutch Crower
Gearbox 3 speed Lenco
Differential 9" Ford with Strange axles
Front Suspension Strange struts
Rear Suspension Fabricated
Chassis Chris Alston's Chassisworks
Wheels Weld Racing
Tyres Front: Hoosier Front Runners. Rear: Goodyear Eagle 33 x 16 x 15
Brakes Willwood
Paint Applied by Frank Bogaart / Bogaart Design
Best times 8.403 secs @ 165.01