Eastern Raider

1978 MustangBlown Alcohol Nostalgia Funny Car

A Survivor

Powered by a 500 cu.in. blown alcohol Keith Black Chevy engine prepped by Norm Case and Dale Hall coupled to a 3-speed Lenco transmission.


Like a favorite old toy, the patched 1980’s Fiberglas body drips with history from the Eastern Raider’s war stories. Al Hanna crashed the car, then within eight days they fixed the chassis, the body, the plumbing and electrical and made the next race, Al Hanna said. "It was stolen from Englishtown, New Jersey at a National event," Rodney Fazekas said. "Al and Ellen Hanna went out for their anniversary dinner. When they came back, the car was gone. "The body was burned to the ground. The chassis was found in New York in a car theft ring," Rodney Fazekas said.

"The process to recover the chassis lasted about five months", said Al Hanna. "Racing friends took it upon themselves to restore various portions -- the body, paint, lettering, etc. -- of the Eastern Raider for free, Al Hanna said. "It’s been through rough times," Rodney Fazekas said. "It’s a survivor."


Owner/Driver: Rod Fazekas
Owner/Crew Chief: Rod Fazekas
Crew: Jill Canuso

Special Thanks

Hanna Motorsports
Jill Canuso Racing
S&W Race Cars
Simpson Race Products
Jersey Girl Tie Downs
Norm Case & Precision Automotive