Ford Fairlane Dragster - Harold Dutton Diecast Model

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GMP  Ford Drag Fairlane - Harold Dutton diecast car
  • Brand: GMP
  • Make: Ford
  • Code: GMP1801109
  • Model: Drag Fairlane - Harold Dutton
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Red

Drag racing has always had a lot of characters, and Harold Dutton out of Atlanta, Georgia has got to rank near the top of the list. It’s appropriate that GMP, located northeast of Atlanta, would build a model of one of Georgia drag racing’s favorite sons.

Harold started drag racing in 1957. To pay the bills, he worked as the youngest “Class A” mechanic at the City of Atlanta’s Department of Transportation. This was a good deal for him because he could sneak back in after hours and use the city’s bus dynamometer to tune his race cars. But in 1962, after he “scattered” the city’s dyno all over the shop, he figured it was time he looked for other opportunities. He opened his own automotive shop, but soon discovered that he could make a better living specializing in race engines and cars. He also avoided the hassles of dealing with the general public.

In 1964 Harold raced a Super Stock ’64 Ford Galaxie and, by 1967 had gotten his “factory ride”……. a smokin’ ‘67 Ford Fairlane Super Stocker equipped with a dual-quad 427 cu. in., 425 horsepower (rated) motor that he raced in SS/B. Harold liked his cars to look nice and, even with a weight penalty of 200 lbs., he opted for the hardtop configuration with bucket seats. He equipped the car with a Sun tach, Scheifer clutch and pressure plate, Hurst shifter, and M+H drag slicks. He also picked-up sponsorships with Crane Cams and Doug’s Headers. Always testing different combinations, he eventually swapped the dual quads for a single 780 cfm Holley quad when he found the car would actually run faster with the single quad in SS/C than it would with the dual quad set-up in SS/B. Harold also modified Ford’s famous “top loader” four-speed by removing some of the synchro rings so that he could launch with the clutch and then shift clutchless through the gears. His best times with the Fairlane were 10.90 seconds e.t. at 124 m.p.h. In 1967, Harold and his killer Fairlane were Division 2 Southeast Super Stock Champions. After the Fairlane, Harold switched briefly to Mopar with a ‘68 Hemi Barracuda, but returned to FoMoCo with a ’69 Ford Mustang, a ’70 Ford Maverick and a ’73 Capri equipped with a Boss 429 engine. Over his career, Harold set 6 national records and in 2005 was elected to the Southern Drag Racing Hall of Fame and the East Coast Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Harold is proudest of having done it his way.

GMP has done a nice job of creating Harold’s “Drag Hag” as it was raced after the 1967 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California and before Harold painted it black and badged it as an “XL”. When you pick-up the car, the first thing that hits you is how heavy it is. This car is one of the most solid diecasts I’ve ever had! The paint is a beautiful bright red and the livery exactly matches the pictures of the original red car. A “local drag strip official” has crudely painted “776 SS/C” in GlassWax on the windows giving it an additional touch of reality, even though the engine is set-up with the earlier 2 Holley 4-barrels on a low-riser manifold which would have put the car in SS/B. The engine looks purposeful with chromed steel valve covers and the finned cast-aluminum 2x4 aircleaner with its foam hood gasket. Since the tooling for this car model came from GMP’s stock 427” Fairlane, the cast-iron exhaust manifolds are still in-place even though this car was running exhaust headers at this time and was sponsored by Doug Thorley (Headers by Doug). This is a pretty serious gaff in my opinion! The engine bay also reveals the lack of power brakes with a fully-plumbed non-boosted single-reservoir master cylinder. It took a strong right leg to bring this car down after a 120 mph quarter! The separately-packaged hood is a plastic replication of the fiberglass hood that was optional with Harold’s car but not part of its original equipment. He went to the 1967 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California only to be told that he couldn’t race with his steel hood since, by then, all these cars came with fiberglass hoods. Several phone calls to Ford in Detroit got a fiberglass hood air freighted to LAX, and a very expensive cab ride with the hood lashed to the top of the cab got him legal only to be told by NHRA officials that he was too late to qualify. Lucky for those officials and the future of their families, Harold was 2500 miles away from his cabinet full of shotguns! When you roll the car over, you can see the deep-sump oil pan, Autolite-branded oil filter, working coil and leaf spring suspension and shocks, differential and rotating driveshaft and the nicely scrubbed generic slicks. It would have been nice if GMP could have made these the original M&H’s. The rear brake lines are actually plumbed with real steel wire from the master cylinder to the rear brake drums and the emergency brake cables are molded as part of the floor pan but quite believable.

Open a door and look inside….. you’ll see what a beautiful job they did on the interior. The car comes with the windows rolled down, but a turn of the crank and they roll-up. This car had the heater and radio delete option and blanker plates take the place of the control panels. The seats feature fabric seat belts and the car has a real headliner and dome light. Shifting gets done with a T-handled Hurst 4-speed shifter that features a second lever to activate the reverse lock-out. Photoetch scuff plates on the door sills also add to the feeling of captured reality. The trunk opens to reveal………nothing…… well almost. The trunk has a plaid vinyl floor mat and a sticker attached to the underside of the trunk lid telling the owner how to use the non-existent spare and jack.

Typical for GMP, the car comes safely packaged in a foam cocoon with GMP’s signature “diamond” lock. This is then neatly enclosed in a colorful box with pictures of Harold and the car “back in the day” and a brief history of Harold and the “Drag Hag”. GMP has done a nice job of creating this beauty and it is a wonderful example of a time when the word “stock” meant something. Although there are some significant errors….. headers, carburetion and tires that come from making a car to fit several iterations, I’m proud to have this model as part of my collection and I bet you will too!

-Bill Bennett

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