Drag Racing For A Cure: Miguel Blanco’s 1952 Diesel-Powered Ford

During an ordinary Friday, after we’ve shot all of you our Diesel Army newsletter, we received a reply back from a gentleman named Jim Weslager. Mr. Weslager is a photographer in the Southeastern edge of Florida and he picked up some shots of a pretty neat ride at the Palm Beach International Raceway‘s Drag Race For A Cure.

It caught him by surprise and was only able to get a bit of information from the qualifying sheet but check out Miguel Blanco’s 1952 Ford Pickup. For someone like myself who travels a lot for events, I honestly didn’t expect to see something like this that far south in Florida. I guess that means we need to be more mindful of you that are down that far. Anyway, Weslager told us that Blanco’s truck was being raced in the heads up 6.50 Index class.

Photos provided by Motorsports Racing Media.

Although Weslager wasn’t able to land an interview with Mr. Blanco, it’s pretty clear this truck can roll on pretty good being entered into the 6.50 Index class. As the pictures continued to roll in, I saw where the truck didn’t make it past the first round running way off the index and hitting the traps at 8.034 at 70.98-mph up against what looks like a Chevrolet Corvette.

Photos provided by Motorsports Racing Media.

Seeing this, and hearing Weslager mention the truck could have possibly had nitrous on board, I am assuming there was an issue getting that visible turbo to spool or if it did spool, maybe the nitrous wasn’t activating? There is a story to be told but without being there, it’s hard telling why it ran so far off the number. Bottom line, we can appreciate how cool that truck is.

These older trucks getting diesel swaps can just keep on showing up because they are nasty. Big shoutout to Jim Weslager with Motorsports Racing Media for looking out for us down south and we look forward to seeing more diesel-powered machines from Palm Beach International Raceway this year. For more on the latest event coverage, tech pieces, and truck features, stay tuned to Diesel Army.

Photos provided by Motorsports Racing Media.

 

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Artie Maupin

Artie Maupin is from Southeast Missouri and has an extreme passion for anything diesel. He loves drag racing of all kinds, as well as sled pulling competitions.
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