Wilfred DeFour, George Watson, Clayton Lawrence, Dabney Montgomery, with the Tuskegee Airmen's Faithful Pursuit at the  Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. National Convention; National Harbor, MD

Tuskegee Airmen Wilfred DeFour, George Watson, Clayton Lawrence, Dabney Montgomery,
with the Tuskegee Airmen's Faithful Pursuit at the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. National Convention; National Harbor, MD, in 2012.

The Tuskegee Airmen's Faithful Pursuit is the rolling embodiment of the 332nd Fighter Group's first Red Tail fighter, the P-47 Thunderbolt. The "Jug" was the largest, heaviest, single engined fighter used by any side during World War 2. Like the Jug the big Buick is known for its durability, speed, and comfort.

DRAG RACE REVISION 2B 2015

TARGET: Beat the Scotty Guadagno 11.7 Sec 117mph time in his 4,700 1970 Electra 225 Custom Sport Coupe

FAITHFUL PURSUT, 4,790lb 1969 Buick Electra 225 "GSX"

Twin Turbo 430/800HP/850LB-FT EST @ 15lbs of BOOST

NEW ADDITIONS:

1. STEUBEN AUTO Rebuilt TH 375, new race clutches, steels, automatic valve body. New Gear Vendors OD Clutches.

2. 30" MT ET Street Drag Radials

3. American Racing 15" x 10" rear rims

4. EDGE Racing 3500 stall torque converter

5. Replaced spool in Nodular 9" FORD case with HD Racing Locker from GT PERFORMANCE FORD. Transition from 3.25 to 3.89 GR

BACK STORY:

FAITHFUL PURSUIT began as a 1969 buick electra 225 custom sport coupe, purchased from the ill-fated DeFeo Buick dealership in New Jersey. Re-Imagined as a “GSX”, Buick’s muscle car designation of the 1970‘s. FP was designed by Michael A. Joseph, II; A Sr. project engineer for a Fortune 500 firm for the Tuskegee Airmen's own non-profit TAI organization. The car was fabricated by retired Corning Incorporated precision machine shop supervisor, the late Steuben County Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee, Gary Shaw and six-time "Modifieds" racing champion David Machuga of Campbell, NY; and former race team owner Tim Putman, of Beaver Dams, NY.
DEDICATION:

FP was dedicated on April 24, 2004 by M.Gen. Michael Hall, USAF, retired; Executive Director of the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center. 7 tuskgee airmen and 200 guests were attended the ceremony at he wings of eagles. 10 YEARS LATER THE “RETURN OF THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN” IN CORNING BROUGHT 7 TUSKEGEE AIRMEN AND OVER 400 GUESTS FOR A DAY OF CELEBRATION, DINING, DANCING, WITH THE P-51C “BY REQUEST” PERFORMING A FLY OVER.

Executive Director, Mike HallWings of Eagles Discover Center
 
 
Michael A. Joseph, II; President and Founder of Return of the Red Tails 
Designer of The Tuskegee Airmen's Faithful Pursuit
 
 
GOALS:

1. As the Red Tail Faithful Pursuit, our car promotes preservation of the legacy of the Tuskegee airmen. The Grenadian flag promotes awareness of the Caribbean ancestry of many Tuskegee Airmen including Michael's cousin George Fleary, Class of 1945C.

  1. She raises funds to help support the objectives of the TUSKEGEE AIRMEN. Over $14,000 has been provided to their scholarship fund. 

  2. as the Buick Electra GSX she promotes Buick Electra’s racing legacy and Buick 400/430/455 engine series efficiency.

  3. Over $100,000 in personal funds have been donated by Michael & Deborah Joseph toward this non-profit effort.

 

MISSIONS:

2014 Road Course, Watkins Glen International Raceway Park; 3 lap tribute to Lt. Col. Clayton F. Lawrence, deceased. 

2014 SHOW, FAITHFUL PURSUIT 10TH ANNIVERSARY RETURN OF THE RED TAILS, CORNING, NY

2014 SHOW, Costa’s flying service food pantry fund raiser

2012 SHOW, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. National Convention, national harbor, md

2011 RACE, NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY PARK

2009 SHOW, tuskegee airmen, inc. national convention, las vegas

2009 SHOW, TUSKEGEE “TOP GUNS” 60TH ANNIVERSARY, LAS VEGAS

2009 SHOW, SILVER STATE CLASSIC CHALLENGE, ELY, NEVADA

2009 SHOW, Costa’s Flying Service food pantry fund raiser

2006 RACE, SCCA solo II, drivers: Roy Hopkins, michael joseph

2006 SHOW, JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION, ELMIRA, NY

2005 RACE, Empire Dragway: driver: michael joseph

2005 SHOW, Tuskegee airmen, inc. national convention, orlando, fl

2005 SHOW, Buick Club of America national convention

2004 FAITHFUL PURSUIT DEDICATION, return of the Tuskegee airmen event, elmira/corning regional airport

2003 PRESENTATION TO TUSKEGEE AIRMEN OF THE FAITHFUL PURSUIT CONCEPT IN NYC

 

SPECIAL FEATURES * CUSTOM FABRICATION

NASCAR CUP 5 bar suspension, 7 point roll cage * Machuga Racing Chassis fuel injection * Imagine injection cylinder heads * Jake Harrington

twin 72mm turbo-superchargers * Turbonetics aluminum alloy wheels * ps engineering paint and coach work * Tim Putman Auto Sales

 

Chassis narrowing and suspension development * Shaw Racing powerplant * Scotty’s Racing Technologies thermal coatings * SWAIN TECHNOLOGIES

top and interior * Fly Boyz; Transmission * STEUBEN AUTO; differential * GT Performance Ford

TIRES* MICHELIN PS-2 335/35/17 & 275/45/17 ELECTRIC OVERDRIVE * GEAR VENDORS ELECTRIC WATER PUMP * MEZIERE ENTERPRISES

POWERPLANT:

The 430 cubic inch displacement V-8 is direct port fuel injected and twin turbo-supercharged. The turbos are located above the rear axle and the intakes are in the trunk drawing air through intakes at a high pressure

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region under the rear of the car, fed through large filters and compressed by the turbos then run through intercoolers and then pipes routed under the car to the fuel injection manifold. intake charge temperatures are typically 10 degrees cooler than under-hood systems. the 430 uses large stainless steel valves, 2.125” intake and 1.75 exhaust, forged pistons, and billet rods, and main stud girdle. un-boosted dyno output is 425 hp .theoretical hp at 13lbs of boost is 801 . theoretical hp at 20 lbs of boost is 1,003.

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