The traditional view of muscle cars
has been they’re only good in a straight-line.
In recent years manufacturers have
shattered that perception with powerful cars that can handle themselves in
Local motorsports has not seen many
real-life examples of flexible American muscle. However Alchrist Bodden is now
opening many eyes in his 1998 Ford Mustang.
So far this year Bodden and his
Mustang have been steady features of the Cayman Motorsports Association monthly
dexterity races called Time Attack.
Bodden has done ok for the most part.
In the first event he went through some difficulties as he hit a number of
cones. Two Sundays ago he turned in times slightly over 100 seconds.
Bodden, 27, spoke about the latest race
which took place at the Progressive loop on Sparky Drive.
“The officials set up the course
well. I didn’t have too much trouble with the car out there. The biggest issue
was body roll.
“But the Time Attack people encouraged
me to be balanced and take my time with what I was doing. They really gave me
Bodden is no stranger to dexterity
racing (often called “autocross” abroad) or American muscle. He competed last
year in a 2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4 (which is roughly seven inches smaller and 400
pounds lighter in stock trim than a stock Mustang).
For now his yellow Mustang remains
stock but Bodden, like many enthusiasts, does not intend to keep it that way.
“It’s bone-stock but it’ll soon be
modified. I’m going to work on the suspension and keep the power the same. I’ll
look to put in braces and coil-overs so I can push it more while staying safe.
Eventually I’ll hang with the big boys.”
With much of the dexterity scene
dominated by light-weight imports Bodden’s Mustang has a long ways to go.
Nevertheless the young man states he is sticking with American muscle to break
away from the pack.
“Everyone said it couldn’t be done,
that those kinds of cars aren’t made for this (Time Attack). I like to be
different and stand out.
“Last year I did both Time Attack
and drag racing in my SRT-4 and that went against the grain in a lot of ways.
I’m doing the same thing now.”