Drag racers in the Midwest will start making passes in less than a month and the season will start shortly after. Racer Anthony Hill and Kansas City Car Action magazine will get together to take on Mo-Kan Dragway’s International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Super Pro class bracket racing series in Asbury, MO, and the Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Super Comp class. The IHRA Super Pro class runs eighth mile, traditional style bracket races for 0-8 second cars. In NHRA Super Comp, cars run the quarter mile with an 8.90 index.
Hill will drive a 2002, Undercover, slip-joint dragster. Power will come from a Ron’s Terminator alcohol injected 548 ci big block Chevrolet with power to the wheels going through a Powerglide transmission with 5500 rpm stall converter.
“The car is ready to go,” Hill says. “I just need to do a fine tune on it and change out the valve springs, but other than that it’s ready.”
The sponsorship from Kansas City Car Action will help Hill get into events that allow him the seat time to progress his racing in 2016. “The hopes are just to do the best I can, win the Mo-Kan bracket series and run the Kansas Nationals this summer for Kansas City Car Action magazine in Topeka, KS,” he says. The partnership will give Hill the means to enter the events necessary to run in the points series at Mo-Kan and maintain his IHRA license, in addition to renewing his NHRA license to race in the Kansas Nationals.
“We’re very excited and looking forward to working with Anthony Hill in the 2016 racing season,” says David Kirkpatrick, founding partner and Editor-in-Chief of Kansas City Car Action. “Everybody at the magazine loves racing and wants to work hard to make sure Anthony has the best possible chance at success.”
“We believe that Anthony’s racing efforts represent the same values and philosophies that Kansas City Car Action magazine was founded on,” says Mike McCormick, founding partner and owner of Kansas City Car Action, “a sense of community, camaraderie and fun with fellow car enthusiasts of all kinds.”
Anthony Hill belongs to the beloved fraternity of true and authentic grassroots racers. “When I’m at my local track, if anybody has any trouble, everyone just jumps in and helps,” he says. “As soon as they get their car on a charger or refueled, they will all come over and help. They don’t even ask, they just come over and start doing what they can to make sure you get to the next round.”
“Anthony Hill’s experience, skill and genuine nature are the things that attracted the magazine to him,” says Bob Sims, writer at Kansas City Car Action. “He does everything. He built the car, he tunes it, fabricates, drives it, he’s the real deal.”
A regular at Mo-Kan Dragway, and for the most part a one-man race team, Hill does almost everything on his own. Cars and drag racing are quite simply part of who he is at the core. After programming CNC machines at Unique Metal Fabrications in Pittsburg, KS, all day, he goes to his shop at home to do some more. “In the evenings, I do anything from building engines to machining to chassis work.”
This year the folks at Kansas City Car Action want to help give Anthony a hand. People from the magazine will help throughout the season and will enlist volunteers to help as well. Two or three people will get the opportunity to work with Anthony in the pits and learn from him. Every skill level is welcome. From pulling a motor to handing a bottle of water to a mechanic in need, anyone with a desire to help is eligible. “I am more than willing to let them help, explain things to them and answer questions,” Hill says. If you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org