Mike LeFevers, the man behind Mitech Racing Engines and a life member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club joins the Gearheads on episode twenty-seven to talk 300 MPH Firebirds, a Crown Victoria without brakes, and land speed racing as a family hobby. Having been the Engine Development Director at Carroll Shelby Enterprises and cutting his teeth at Gale Banks Engineering, he knows a thing or two about muffler selection and butt dyno myths. Yeah, we had to ask.
Even at 12 yrs old, I already knew that I wasn’t going to grow up and be a stick and ball professional athlete. No way. I wanted to be a professional race car driver. I wanted to be Dan Gurney. If you would have asked me who my heroes were, I would have said, “A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Don Prudhomme, and Dan Gurney”. I was a gear head, but among my friends, I was a bit of an anomaly. They could quote stats consisting of their hero’s batting averages, steals, and touchdown passes. I could rattle off elapsed times, top speeds, and the names of everyone in the first three rows of last year’s Indy 500.