1973 Ford Maverick ~ Miss Maverick

1973 Ford Maverick ~ Miss Maverick
1973 Ford Maverick ~ Miss Maverick
 

via Petrolicious ~ Tess Wood grew up as a self-professed tomboy who helped her dad with his off-road projects. At one point, he owned a Ford truck and a Chevy truck that they’d wrench on together.

Tess always preferred the Ford though, and now she drag races a Ford Maverick with a nitrous oxide system and a fully built motor with a supercharger strapped to it to make more than 500hp.

Tess Wood is Miss Maverick
Tess Wood is Miss Maverick

When the Maverick line was launched in 1969, it was intended to be something of an American answer to fuel-efficient compact imports, but when Jess launches her highly modified ’73 example off the line at Pomona, it wants to do a wheelie.

It’s a transformation that’s seven years in the making, and seeing as she’s chasing the eighth-mile stock short block record, it’s one that she’s far from done with. And her methodology is sound: “Build it, make it faster, break it, figure out how to fix it, and then make it faster again.”