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Bill Armstrong, whose love of all things automotive can be traced directly back to the tire tracks he left as a little kid in his mother’s carpets, is hiding something.

“I always loved cars” says Bill, “I wore the paint off of my Matchbox as a child and lived for Friday nights and The Dukes of Hazzard on television.”

His go-fast passion would continue through his formative years eventually leading to the purchase of this ’66 Fairlane in 1990, which is now motivated by a deceivingly powerful combination.

Takeoff! Bill Armstrong launches his ’66 Fairlane during Drag Week.

“I bought thecar when I was 17 and have been working on it since,” says Bill, whose first career as an aircraft mechanic undoubtedly lent knowledge and perhaps more to the Fairlane’s history.  “While in school I ‘harvested’ some electrical junction blocks and so forth from a ’60s-era Boeing 707 we had at the technical college. Technically there are period correct aircraft parts on my Fairlane.”

Additionally, more down to earth equipment helps motivate the car on land including a  427 Windsor based on a Dart block, a Callies Magnum crank, Oliver rods, Ross pistons, Trick Flow High-Port 240 heads, Holley Dominator EFI, which cranks out 943 horsepower to the wheels on 91-octane pump gas and a conservative tune-up.