“I missed the adrenaline high of the four-speed, but I knew the automatic would be easier on the car as a whole and give me more consistent e.t.’s,” he says. Reduced adrenaline flow notwithstanding, Fedoryk’s first pass with the new powertrain combo put him through the traps in a scant 11.75 seconds at 116.24 mph.

“I knew I was close to the track shutting me down if the car got any faster…and it would,” he says. “That led to safety mods: a custom rollbar, G-Force Pro Series five-point racing harnesses, a driveshaft loop, a scattershield, an emergency fuel cutoff, and a power-kill switch. I also added a line lock for better launches.”

Most recently, he’s added an in-cabin switch box to control the electric fuel pump, engine fan, and exhaust cutouts.

“Despite all the trophies I’ve won with my Corvette, my proudest moment with it was when my son Craig clicked off an 11.54- second e.t. at 117.19 mph.”

That’s more than a second quicker than his ’59 Corvette was when it was a consistent class winner at West Hampton Drag Strip all those years ago.

“I guess you can say time really flies,” he says.

1961 Chevy Corvette
Owner Harry Fedoryk; Lake Ariel, PA
Block GMPP ZZ383 iron
Displacement 383 ci
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Heads Edelbrock E-Tec 200
Valves Stainless steel 2.02/1.60
Camshaft Edelbrock hydraulic roller (242-/240-deg duration, 0.594-/0.594-in lift)
Rocker Arms Aluminum roller, 1.5:1 ratio
Pistons Hypereutectic aluminum
Crankshaft Forged steel
Rods Powdered-metal steel
Intake Manifold Polished aluminum Edelbrock Air-Gap
Carburetor Holley 750-cfm
Fuel Pump Electric (brand unknown)
Ignition MSD Pro-Billet distributor, Blaster 3 coil, and 8.5mm wires; Champion RC12YC plugs
Exhaust System Patriot Block Hugger Headers with 1.625-in primaries, electric header “dumps,” side pipes
Transmission Turbo-350, built by Ernie’s Transmissions
Torque Converter Custom 2,800-rpm stall
Driveshaft Custom steel
Front Suspension Stock
Rear Suspension Stock leaf springs, QA1 adjustable shocks set two clicks from soft
Rearend Ford 9-in Detroit Locker with Richmond 4.11 gears
Front Brakes Disc
Rear Brakes Stock drum
Wheels Cragar SS 15x7 (street), Weld 15x4/15x9 (track)
Front Tires Uniroyal Tiger Paw CTS 255/60R15 (street), Mickey Thompson ET Front 27.5x4.5x15 (track)
Rear Tires Uniroyal Tiger Paw CTS 255/60R15 (street), Mickey Thompson ET Drag 28x9x15 (track)
Fuel Octane 93
Weight 3,270 lbs
Best E.T./MPH 11.54/117.19
Best 60-ft. Time 1.64
Current Mileage 140,000
Miles Driven Weekly Less than 50