“I missed it every day for the past 28 years.” Lloyd Wofford’s not talking about smoking or any other vice; he’s referring to not participating in drag racing.
Lloyd’s story is echoed throughout the pits. He started racing in the mid-‘60s, only to “retire” years later. During his first tour of duty he ran through a variety of rides, including a C/MP ’57 Chevy, stepping up to A/SM with a ’68 Camaro and finally a Don Ness-built C/Gas Chevy Monza. In the mix was a ‘65 SS/BA Plymouth Belvedere owned by “Mr. 4 Speed” himself, the legendary Herb McCandless. Lloyd bemoans the fact he let that one get away!
After 28 years prioritizing the responsibilities of life—marriage, family, starting and growing a successful business (engines, inc. a John Deere distributorship)— he decided the time was right to return to the racing wars.
The memory of his Hemi-powered Belvedere still fresh in his mind, Lloyd wanted something similar. After extensive research, he ended up at Darren and Anne Breaud’s B&B Race Cars in Hohenwald, Tennessee, about an hour outside of Nashville.
After lengthy discussions they decided upon the construction of the SS/AH ’68 Barracuda you see here. “I told Darren to build it like he’d do it for himself,” and Lloyd couldn’t be happier with their finished product. Scott Brown designed and laid the paint over B&B’s handiwork.
The fit and finish of Lloyd’s Hemi ‘Cuda may be worthy of a trailer queen show car, seemingly much too beautiful to race, but that certainly wasn’t Lloyd’s intent.
To get his fish flying, he turned to Super Stock Hemi guru Charlie Westcott of Jackson Engine Tech in Parma, Michigan. Lloyd’s early performance 8.58 elapsed time and 155 mph top speed speak well of Westcott’s talents.
The project began in February of 2009 and the car debuted at the NHRA Divisional race at Beech Bend, Kentucky, August of 2010 quite successfully. Lloyd went three rounds and the ‘Cuda was awarded Best Appearing Car. Several weeks later at the U.S. Nationals, Lloyd’s flying fish once again nabbed the Best Appearing trophy. Considering the hundreds and hundreds of cars that roll through the gates at Indy, that’s no small feat. He also plowed through another three rounds of competition.
The 2011 season will see one major change to the ‘Cuda. NHRA gives a weight break for manual transmissions in SS/AH (plus they’re lighter), so Lloyd will lose the Torqueflite in favor of a Liberty four-speed and begin doing his best imitation of friend, “Mr. 4 Speed” Herb McCandless.
Lloyd is quick to credit the success of his racing venture to the financial support of the family business, engines, inc., and support staff: Chief Financial Officer and wife Linda, Team Manager Sonny Stancil, Crew Chief James Caro and crew member Don Brown.
One final note: As if racing this successful Hemi Super Stocker weren’t enough to keep Lloyd and troops busy, they also successfully campaign a SS/JA Plymouth Volare plus a B/SM Dodge Stratus both driven by James Caro. Soon there may even be a fourth car in the engines, inc. stable—a very special race car with a surprise driver. Stay tuned.
Cu. In.: 426-ci
Built by: C. Westcott, Jackson Engine Tech
Rods: Crower (steel)
Comp. Ratio: 13.5:1
Oil pan: Steff (wet sump)
Oil pump: Jackson Engine Tech
Cam: Cam Motion
Valves: Manley (stainless)
Valve Springs: PAC
Valve Covers: Indy cylinder heads/Jackson Engine tech
Gear Drive: Jesel
Cylinder heads: Chrysler
Intake: Jackson Engine Tech
Ignition sys.: MSD
Ignition wires: MSD
Hoses/fittings: Aeroquip and Jiffy Tight
Trans type: Torqueflite 727 (soon to be Liberty four-speed and shifter with East West Clutch)
Built by: Pro Trans
Converter: ATI or A1
Valve Body: Pro Trans
Driveshaft: Mark Williams
Rearend Housing: Dewco
Axles: Mark Williams
Case and Gears: Dewco
Rear Suspension Type: 4-link
Rear Shocks: Santhuff
Front Suspension Type: Stock
Front Shocks: Santhuff
Steering System: Stock
Steering Linkage: B&B
Wheels Front/Rear: Weld
Wheel Size Front: 15 x 3-inch
Wheel Size Rear: 15 x 16-inch
Tire/Size Front: Phoenix 4.5-26 x 15
Tire/Size Rear: Phoenix 14.5 x 32
Front Brakes: Mark Williams
Rear Brakes: Mark Williams
Chassis: Designed by B&B
Text by Pete Ward
Photos by James Drew and Pete Ward