Drag Queen: An Article Featured in Muscle Mustangs and Fast Ford Magazine

Drag Queen: An article featured in Muscle Mustangs and Fast Ford Magazine

The question of "nature vs. nurture" has been vexing developmental psychologists for years, much in the way that Don King's coif and the proper pronunciation of the word "Hawaii" have baffled the rest of the American public. Can a parent's talents and predilections actually be transferred to a child utero, as some argue, or is the development of these attributes wholly dependent upon exposure to consciousness-shaping stimuli after birth? Being intensely interested in topics of scholarly discourse, we at MM&FF have decided to introduce our own, albeit anecdotal, evidence to the debate. And, unlike Swiss developmental psych pioneer Jean Piaget, we didn't even have to do experiments on our own kids to get it, Witness one Cindy Crawford, an up-and-coming Mustang drag racer whose familiar cognomen has no doubt elicited all manner of japes, gibes and sophomoric turns-of-phrase since the rise of a certain fashion model in the late '80s. Cindy's father was a stock car driver, you see, which is what got us waxing scientific in the first place. We were curious: Has the administrative assistant and part-time legal transcriptionist always had a yen for speed?

"I used to go street racing with all the guys," she tells us, "but the one time I went to the track, I was so terrified that I didn't do very well." So much for nature.

In spite of her less than auspicious maiden strip outing, the Deerfield Beach, Fla., native eventually decided to give organized drag racing another try, this time in her silver '98 GT. convertible. " There weren't guys all around to make me nervous this time," she says. "I just relaxed and made a pass. After that, I was hooked." As is our custom, we inquired about the Mustang's baseline ETs.

"Hmmm, I don't remember, but it was pretty slow."

As we spoke, I found myself desperately hoping that someone would knock on my door, thus affording me the opportunity to say. "Go away, I'm on the phone with Cindy Crawford." (As luck would have it, it never happened.)

Under the supervision of the speed merchants at Mustang Specialties in Pompano Beach, the car received such standard bolt-ons as a 70mm Motorsport throttle body, 77mmPro-M mass air, and cat-back exhaust system featuring a Bassani X-Pipe and dual 2-chamber Flowmasters. Realizing that much more power would be required to properly motivate her portly cammer, Cindy had the shop add a 120- horses NOS nitrous kit, which helped boost her trap speeds into the high 10-mph range. With 4.10 gear rig and a set of 31-spine Moser axles, the 5-speed Stang has dipped into the high 12s on occasion, with a best time to date of 12.8 seconds on Micky Thompson ET Streets.

Cindy listed her quickest 60-ft. time as a brain-sloshing 1.47 seconds, which seemed a little optimistic to us considering the car's ET's. She agrees.

"The car usually runs in the 1.6s, and we haven't been able to get that time back since {the 1.47 run}. I thought maybe the clocks were off, but I've got that time slip, and all the other numbers from that run are right on." In addition to the short geared and DOT Mickeys, the hard-launching droptop employs reinforced torque boxes, chrome-moly subframe connectors, chassis engineering upper and lower control arms, and a Keystone Race Cars 6-point roll bar to bolster structural rigidity and maximize straight-line traction.

Contour Auto Body in Deerfield Beach handled the car's cosmetic modifications, which include a 4-inch Cobra R-style hood and Saleen SR dual-plane spoiler. It's a tasteful package, and one that has enabled this multipurpose Mustang to shine at least as brightly on the showgrounds as it does on the race track.

" The law firm I work for Montero, Finizio, Velasquez, and Reyes, P.A.- has dedicated an area in their lobby to all the plaques and trophies I've won in shows and races, " she says.

In 1999, Cindy campaigned the car in the Fun Ford Weekend racing series, competing against veterans like Barry Shephard and John Edwards in the ModMotor division. Though she placed no higher than the semifinals at any individual race, she did manage to finish sixth overall in the points standings and was named Rookie of the Year at the season's end banquet held in Ennis, Texas. She plans to be back in 2000 with a new sponsor, a new drivetrain, and a whole new level of performance.

"I'm going to be running a C-4 with a 5500-rpm stall instead of the 5-speed. Sean Hyland Motorsports is building me a new Cobra short-block, and I'll have a supercharger from my latest sponsor, Vortech. I should be able to run 10's." she claims confidently.

As if being a successful drag racer and show car owner isn't enough, it seems Cindy is also quite the philanthropist, donating all of her race winnings to the Lupus Foundation of America. " I have Systemic Lupus and deal with it on a daily basis," she tells us. " This is my way of giving back and hopefully helping this worthwhile cause."

With a 10-second car in the works, a growing collection of show and race trophies, and an attitude to admire, Cindy Crawford is already a big winner in our book. We wish her luck his season, both on and off the track.

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