Awesome story indeed.
My cousin used to drive a '69 camaro (this was in the early 80s). The car was in primer didn't look all that great until you flipped the hood and was blinded by that big block 350 painted and chromed with a Holly 4 barrel and customer headers and no telling what else.
Now there was this one time some poser on one of those new Trans-Ams, you know the one with the big chicken sticker on the hood, was making fun of the old Go-maro. So the banter leads up to a drag challenge. Pat says, "ok you're on, let me get in her and warm her up." He fires it up does a couple low speed passes in the parking lot then rips out a couple smoking donuts... The poser backs down and says. "no way man, i'm not racing that monster."