Blackmon's chassis as it came back from powdercoating. Photos: Archer85 on YellowBullet
Jimmy Blackmon has constructed some of the fastest Outlaw 10.5 cars in the world, which have set numerous records and won many championships. Aside from his famed blue Pontiac Firebird, he also built Tim Lynch’s Mustang that he campaigned for years and it now continues on after the Proline crew sold the car to TJ Kasper. Unfortunately like a lot of cars Blackmon’s Firebird suffered a tragic end when it was crashed and ultimately taken out of service. But don’t count Jimmy out as he has another new car in the works at his Straightline Chassis facility.
Check out Jimmy Blackmon’s Straightline Chassis website for updates on his new car.
Blackmon plans on making his return to the racing circuit in 2010 by jumping into the ranks of ADRL Extreme 10.5. He is currently working on constructing a 1968 Firebird that will help him make that return later this year. The engine that is going into the new Firebird is one that is a very familiar setup to Jimm- it is the big block Chevrolet with twin turbochargers that was in his 10.5 car for so many years. This should make the transition much easier as it is something that he is comfortable with. It is being converted to alcohol which will help Blackmon out quite a bit in the power department.
The chassis most recently has come back from the powder coaters and will start its final transformation to race ready. It has been said that Blackmon sacrificed some weight savings to ensure that he will be safe in the event of an accident. Something that Jimmy hopes will never happen again. Looking at the timeline Blackmon will most likely make his debut in Virginia with the ADRL later this year. We wish Jimmy and his crew all the best in their return to racing and look forward to seeing him back at it again.