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Story of the Frantic Ford

Before there ever was a Frantic Ford funny car there was the Frantic Four AA Fuel Dragster. Jim Fox, born in Miller, South Dakota began his racing career in 1959 as a member of the Frantic Four team. Campaigning a Top Fuel car at the height of the breed’s popularity, Fox and partners Norm Weekly, Ron Rivero, and Dennis Holding gained nationwide fame for their never ending efforts to capture a major title.

In the early to mid-Sixties, when Top Fuel racing was divided into two classifications (A/FD and AA/FD), by the car’s overall weight to cubic inch of engine displacement ratio, Fox and his partners won legions of fans by taking a supposedly uncompetitive combination into the winner’s circle time after time.

Through 1964 and ’65 the Frantic Four held the Number 1 spot on the then all-important Drag News Top Ten list. They also set Top Speed of the Meet at the 1964 Indy Nationals and after a long string of successful defenses of their spot on the Drag News list they began to achieve notoriety of another variety:  they began to place well in national event competition. First came a runner-up finish at the Hot Rod Magazine Championships in 1966, and then in ’67 they set the Hawaiian Land Speed Record and won the NASCAR Drag Racing Division Top Fuel Championship. Fox earned additional individual recognition by being named NASCAR’s Mechanic of the Year in Drag Racing.

1968 was Jim’s last season with a Top Fuel dragster, but he made his last effort his best. Along with a second NASCAR Top Fuel Championship came an impressive victory at the famous Bakersfield March Meet. Moving to the East, Fox and his partners began to rack up a list of match race wins that would take years to match.

The Frantic Ford is Born

In 1969 Jim switched to Funny Car racing. Capitalizing on the old Frantic Four reputation, the first in a long string of Ford bodied race cars was named the Frantic Ford. Ten straight years of racing under the same banner had earned Fox an enviable reputation with track promoters, racers, and spectators. One of the most consistently popular cars in the East, Fox’s car has always been more than competitive. A partial list of the car’s impressive victories down through the years includes several Fall Nationals Funny Car Championships, the 1972 Pennsylvania and Virginia State Championships, and the 1974 PDA 1/8th Mile Championship. He was also the runner-up at the 1974 Super Stock Nationals at York, PA, easily one of the year’s most impressive events.

Additional glory came to Fox and driver Dodger Glenn in 1974 when they took impressive wins at the NHRA National Open at Pittsburgh, the Connecticut Dragway Labor Day Championships (along with a new track record), the Dixie Drag Classic, and the NHRA National Open at Suffolk, Virginia.

1975 would be a turning point for the Frantic Ford team as Jim Fox partnered up with Freddy Frey. Media exposure for the Frantic Ford was tremendous in this year and the new machine, built by Walt Weney's S&W Chassis Shop in Spring City, PA, was destined for even greater exposure. Drag Times Newspaper featured the Frantic Ford on their cover in November, and National Dragster, Drag News, Motorsports Weekly, and Drag World devoted considerable editorial and photographic coverage to the car during the year. Super Stock & Drag Illustrated Magazine assigned several pages of editorial feature space to the team during 1975 as well.

1976 was an outstanding year in terms of performance for the Frantic Ford team. The Mustang II ran a best of 6.25, 224.42 mph at Capitol Dragway in April, won the prestigious Dutch Classic, the Winston points race at Englishtown, the Funny Car Nationals at York, and made it to the semi-finals of the NHRA Summernationals losing to Don "The Snake" Prudhomme.

Midway through the 1977 racing season the team of Jim Fox & Fred Frey decided to take a break from active participation and the hectic pace of all night traveling and running the car 2-3 dates per week, week in and week out. With an agreement worked out with Fox and Frey, the entire operation was handed over to Dodger to run as his own deal.

Mounting expenses were always a concern for Dodger but his strong will and determination to race on his own overpowered any thoughts of shuttering the operation. Dodger would experience the highs and lows of running a fuel car on his terms and his dime for the first time in his life.

Sadly, the 1978 season would prove to be a heartbreaker. Dodger started off with a brand new Mustang II fiberglass body that went skyward in May at Englishtown in a spectacular wheelstand that unlatched the body.

In June 1978, Dodger took delivery of a brand new chassis cloaked with a Plymouth Arrow body. Along with it came a new name: The Frantic Arrow and for the first time a Plymouth replaced the long standing tradition of Ford bodies. The team made some check-out passes at Capitol Dragway with the new car and everything was fine with the new operation.

Dodger Glenn--the rising star of the 1970's east coast funny car wars whose light had burned so brightly, would be taken from us without warning. During a second round match against future world champion Bruce Larson at Maple Grove Dragway in July 1978, Dodger suffered an engine explosion and subsequent crash which claimed his life. He was 33 years old with a wife and two young daughters. Dodger's memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all that knew him.

This site is dedicated to the memory of Paul Roger (Dodger) Glenn 
1945-1978.

 

 

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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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rocky pirrone

Rocky is the President / Owner of Joe Pirrone Transmissions located in Philadelphia, PA and has a toy box of cars that are awesome including the SCREAMIN EAGLE FUNNY CAR, SOUL SURVIVOR TF COUPE, GASSERS … BOSS HYDRO TRIBUTE, K.S PITTMAN TRIBUTE CAR and BIG TIME MEMORIES.

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 to."

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news

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.

03.28.2014
The Frantic Ford is on the cover and featured in the March issue of Kenny Youngblood's Fuel Coupe Magazine.

02.28.2014
Just in. The Frigid February Frantic News for your reading enjoyment.

02.14.2014
The Dragtime News has a neat write up of Alex's Lemonade Stand.

02.07.2014
The Frantic Ford kicks up its heels again.

02.05.2014
The WINTER FRANTIC NEWS is now online.

02.04.2014
Wild About Cars has a neat article about the Frantic Ford.

02.03.2014
Thanks to Drag Racing Underground for helping to spread the word about Alex's Lemonade Stand.



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