"Racing to Cure Muscular Dystrophy"
First Picture. The MuscularStang was 4 different shades of gray and silver,
Pretty rough and barely
drivable, it started out as a street/strip Car. At about the same time Adam and
his father, Mark started going to Moroso
and before they knew it, they were hooked. As the car progressed, it became
apparent that they were making this Mustang into a dedicated drag car - and the
car was going to need a name. "MuscularStang" was devised by
inserting "Muscular". (a play on words that evokes Muscular
Dystrophy) into Mustang, and then add Adam and Mark to get Team MuscularStang.
Adam with engine builder Bob Larkin preparing big block 460 before installation in the MuscularStang
Although Adam was unable
to drive his dream Mustang, the Beaumont's
tow vehicle had been equipped with hand controls, a lift gate and automatic
doors so that he could take part in the starting line routine. But as Adam's
disease slowly progressed, he became weaker and had difficulty driving. He
decided he should stop driving altogether and concentrate on helping his dad
become a better driver by making the burn out and starting routine consistent.
Adam also helps tune the car and makes dial-in decisions. In short he's the
Team MuscularStang Crew Chief.
While there is no cure to
date for Adam's disease, the Beaumonts’
remain undaunted in their quest to be a competitive race team. Future plans
include continuing to improve the performance of "MuscularStang", mixing
it up with the boys at Moroso
in Super Pro, racing at other regional drag strips, securing sponsors and
participating in divisional and national events.
MuscularStang is set up for a good footbrake Hook and Launch
Adam and Mark thank their
family and friends who have helped over the years Derek Perez, Rich Mannes,
Marc Grosse, Bob Larkin, Marty Mott, and racers Maggie Stalhut, Jeremy Jerosz,
Bill Shaffer, Ed Smith and Roy Hickock. "We've found that it's not just
the sights, sounds and smells that make going to the track a joy it's also the
people you meet and friends you make!"
Left to Right:
Bob Larkin & Mark Beaumont
Adam with Inlet Grove school chums on graduation day.