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  • The Frantic Ford was constructed by fabricators Steve Gruenwald and Dale Smith at Coyote Composites in Jupiter, Florida.

  • The Frantic Ford '69 body was taken from a mold from the original Gas Ronda 1969 Ford Mustang.

  • First scheduled appearance for 2014 will be at the Motorama Event in Harrisburg, PA.
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bobby frey

1980-84
Worked for "Rapid" Roy Harris. Bottom end, chutes, fuel.

1985-89
Worked for Super Press Inc. (Neil Mahr) on NASCAR circuit. Design and distribution of apparel and collectibles for the sports top names (Bill Elliott, Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace).

Moved into same position with Super Press on Indy Car Circuit producing and distributing items for the likes of Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr.

Currently, Bobby spends most of his time buying/selling collections of vintage auto racing memorabilia and operating a fleet of commercial vehicles in his home state of Pennsylvania. An avid antique hunter, Bobby is always hunting down rare and unique pieces to add to his personal collection.

The new Frantic Ford Funny Car Team will keep Bobby from having any available down time for the foreseeable future. Focusing on spending time with potential marketing partners is top priority at this time.

fred frey

Following the normal eastern tradition Freddy started racing in 1960 with an A/S ’59 Chevy. After a season of racing in the stock body ranks, Freddy decided the powerful 348 cubic inch Chevy would perform better in a lighter car, so he opted the factory sedan for a 1948 Chevrolet coupe in 1961. The vintage stovebolt ran remarkably well, but soon gave way to a more sophisticated combination in the form of a chopped and channeled C/A 1935 Ford truck with an injected Chevy 283 engine. This car saw Freddy through the 1964-66 racing seasons, but more importantly, it set the stage for his first venture into fuel racing.

By 1967 Freddy was completely addicted to fuel racing, so when Charlie Greer approached him with a new concept he immediately channeled all his experience plus considerable financial backing into what was to become the first funny car on the east coast.

Although successful in theory, the car did not become a force to contend with, so after two seasons of this early attempt the project was forsaken for more conventional fuel racing in the form of a AA/FD.

1969 found Freddy teamed with Bill Flurer and Sarge Arciero in a front-motored 426 car known as The Crazy Elephant. This forerunner of the now famous Jade Grenade was campaigned successfully on the east coast for part of a season.

After a brief hiatus, Freddy came back with a new car partnership that included Eddy Careccia and Sarge Arciero with a 392 powered dragster. This car won several east coast dragster circuit meets plus runner-up spots at the AHRA championship race in Bristol, Tennessee and the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

Upon retiring from racing Freddy has kept busy buying and selling cars, boats, and horses, tending to his farm, attending select drag races, sleeping in his hammock by the pool, living on a diet that would kill most men, raising macaws, dogs, cats, raccoons, and grandkids, collecting social security, watching NHRA on television and not liking what is going on there. He is an AARP member in good standing.

 

"big al" liebmann

"Big Al" Liebmann became involved in funny car racing back in the 1970's. He assisted on entries such as the Shady Glenn, Boston Shaker, Fireball Vega and cars fielded by the legendary T.V. Tommy Ivo. Al went on to become a partner in the Shady Glenn AA/FC camp.

In 1990, Al was instrumental in obtaining the NEC sponsorship for longtime funny car campaigner Gary Densham. Along the way, Al discovered his "second childhood" when he became hooked on hot rodding. He quickly became involved with two high profile projects designed/produced by George Barris/Jerry Kind. Al is currently the proud owner of a '36 Dodge 5 window coupe and a '40 traditional Ford sedan. A personal milestone was achieved when Al was chosen to attend the Grand National Roadster Show "Year of the Deuce" event. His '32 Ford 5 window coupe was chosen as a "Top-Ten" pick by Street Rodder Magazine in 2006.

An IT Telecom account manager for NEC Corporation of America by trade and a freelance photographer for www.hotrodhotline.com leaves Al with precious little free time. However, returning to active competition with a legendary funny car was just too good of an opportunity to pass up on. Al will be working closely with Rocky Pirrone in helping to market the newly formed team and assist in maintaining the Frantic Ford Funny Car.

jim fox

Upon retiring from the sport, Jim continued on with his occupation as a highly skilled machinist. High honors were bestowed upon him when in 2008 he was inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame for his vast accomplishments in the sport.

Officially retired, Jim returned to his native state of California (home to scenic wildfires, tropical mudslides and awe inspiring earthquakes). With the impending return of the car that Jim made legend, we hope to lure him back east for the inaugural debut of the Frantic Ford nostalgia funny car. It would only seem fitting to have the man that started it all standing there with us on the starting line.

Though not actively involved in the day to day operation of the new car, Jim will always be considered an integral part of this team and the "father" of the Frantic Ford AA/Fuel Coupe.

When asked about his early memories of the Frantic Ford funny car Rocky commented, "It's funny. The Frantic Ford Mustang was the first funny car that I ever worked on as a nine year old kid, helping Jimmy Fox with between round maintenance. My dad Joe built the transmissions for this car and having the chance to bring it back to life is something I am looking forward too."



 

news

01/06/2017
Say hello to Quik-Latch hood pins and multi-purpose push button fasteners.

01/03/2017
Please welcome MSD Ignition to the Frantic Ford Team.

01/02/2017
Fel-Pro/Federal Mogul Motorparts have come aboard.

01/01/2017
Clark Copper Head Gaskets are now the offical gaskets of the Frantic Ford Team.

10.19.2016
NEC Financial Services have jumped aboard the Frantic Ford Funny Car Team as marketing partners.

10.16.2016
Al was on the MotorMouth Radio Show today.

10.10.2016
Our own Al Liebmann on The Drag Racing Tonight Reunion Show August 2016.

07.14.2016
FRANTIC FORD FUNNY CAR with their great sponsors supporting ARTIES PARTY 2016 @ Syracuse Nationals. #lucasoil #TubOTowels #POR15 #CRCauto.

05.18.2016
Ear Peace is a new sponsor on the Frantic Ford.

05.03.2016
The Frantic Ford team supports The 2nd Annual Staff Sergeant Alex Viola Car Show.

05.02.2016
American Rebel is the new wheel's for the Frantic Ford.

03.29.2016
The world's hardest working wipes--Tub O' Towels are now on the Frantic Ford team.

03.11.2016
Hot off the Press Frantic Ford vs USA-1 at The 14th Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance, June 16-18, 2016, at Beech Bend, KY

01.18.2016
Rust prevention experts POR15 are now part of the Frantic Ford team.

12.14.2015
Welcome Hedman Hedders to the Frantic Ford family.

12.03.2015
Thanks Sam Piro for being part of our team with your SNAP-ON franchise.

For all your tool needs call Sam @ 201 481-3891 ask for the "Frantic Friend Tool Deal".

09.03.2015
After years of petitioning by Bobby Frey, Dodger Glenn will be inducted into the Maple Grove Walk of Fame. Induction will take place Sun Oct 4 at the 31st NHRA Keystone Nationals.

08.20.2015
We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Nick Bonifante. "Nitro Nick" ran a successful group of AA & BB/Funny Cars throughout the nation for many years. We'll miss you Nick.

07.21.2015
Our own Al Liebmann was featured on the Event Radio Production broadcast from Bowling Green.

06.25.2015
Garvin Motorsports seat inserts & head supports has joined the Frantic Ford team.

04.21.2015
Welcome Red Line Shirt Club to the Frantic Ford & Super Camaro Sponsorship Family for 2015. Look for a new design being sold at events featuring the Frantic Ford.

02.09.2015
FF welcomes Boninfante Friction, Inc to our team as products sponsors. Boninfante Friction is the world leader in friction clutch manufacturing for the motorsports market. Boninfante creates custom clutches for an array of applications from street car to full race clutches, from top fuel dragsters and nitro funny cars to F1 and F1H2O boats. Thanks to Nicky Boninfante & Rob Boninfante for all your help.

02.07.2015
Getting HOT! in the FRANTIC FORD CAMP for 2015 even in the WINTER .. Check out the Winter Edition of FRANTIC NEWS for what's new and exciting!!

02.04.2015
K&W products are now running on the Frantic Ford.

12.30.2014
The December Frantic News is now available. Happy New Year to everyone!

12.28.2014
Team Frantic Ford will be looking cool in 2015 styling with our Crown Deluxe Sunglasses.

12.23.2014
Welcome Sta-Lube to the Frantic Ford team.

11.19.2014
Scott Weney, chassis builder & Pres of S&W Race Cars passed away today. More info.

10.29.2014
How would you like to get your hands on this Ed Roth inspired Frantic Ford Metal Sculpture?

10.27.2014
Take a look at this decal set designed by Slixx Decals.

10.24.2014
We have a new page dedicated to Frantic Ford Art.

10.11.2014
JUST IN !! Pirrone & Ellershaw Racing will be fielding a 1970 Camaro AA/FC to run against the Frantic Ford and others in match race competition for 2015. Car name and drivers currently under negotiations. More to follow within the next few months.

08.01.2014
Street Rod and Custom Radio interview with the FRANTIC FORD @ Arties Party.

Frantic Ford is bringing back everything you loved about going to the drag strip in the 70's--the dry hops, long burn-outs, and of course the girls backing up the cars. Bonspeed Brad Fanshaw gets it all from Al Liebmann. LISTEN HERE.

07.31.2014
It's been busy in the  FRANTIC FORD CAMP for the month of July. Check out the new issue of FRANTIC NEWS that includes YORK REUNION and ARTIE'S PARTY.

07.02.2014
Getting HOT in the FRANTIC FORD CAMP for 2014. So to cool off check out the June issue of FRANTIC NEWS while you are enjoying a cold beverage.

05.30.2014
The Frantic Ford is now on Pinterest.

04.29.2014
For your viewing pleasure the Spring 2014 Frantic News.

04.23.2014
Champion Spark Plugs has joined the Frantic Ford Team.

04.03.2014
Welcome aboard our newest product sponsor Empire Covers.

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