Former Australian Super Stock Drag Racing Champion and General Manager of Boske Motosports, Jai Schluter has had a massive year with the car of his dreams after debuting it back in January at the Street Machine Summernats. The immaculate 1968 ‘California Special’ Ford Mustang finished in the Top 60 show arena and was a front runner for the super elite ‘Grand Champion’ crown however, what has followed over the past 6 months can only be described as things that dreams are made of.
After spending the majority of his life as a drag racer with his ‘Killa Tomata’ XC Falcon Hardtop, Jai’s ‘Cali 68’ Mustang was built originally as a street car that he could enjoy cruising with his family but it seems old habits are hard to break. “After Summernats, we just wanted to see what sort of numbers the Mustang would run down the quarter mile because the aim was to have a tough streeter on 98 pump fuel” Schluter said. But it appears the racing bug has bitten him once again. “I just want a 9 second timecard to go with the car, even if it’s a 9.99” he added.
The first outing for the 393ci small block Ford powered Pony saw it run 10.06 @136mph on an unprepped track but of course, that wasn’t a nine so after taking it home and making a few adjustments, the Schluter family took their prized family ride back out to Willowbank Raceway in Queensland and realised the dream. The result; a 9.83@136mph and then at the Winters warm up a week later, a 9.72@137mph (220kph).
See Jai and his BMS Auto Parts 1968 Ford Mustang in action this weekend at the Gulf Western Winternationals, Willowbank Raceway (QLD) from 6th – 9th June.