A 9-Second VMP Performance-Equipped S550 Mustang


It’s safe to say that the majority of automotive enthusiasts’ interest in cars started at an early age. Whether through the magazine rack at the local Barnes and Noble or through the television screen, whatever the inciting medium is, one thing remains constant: an attraction to cars that can easily be provoked at any time. For Thomas Querry it all started by watching PowerBlock TV, the predecessor to what is now called PowerNation TV. As Danica Patrick hosted the show, a young Querry set his aim on one day building a car just as cool as what he had seen on the screen.

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Querry’s interest in cars evolved from simply watching it on the television, to attending car shows and racing events frequently. This introduction to the car culture in person had a profound effect on his mind. Instead of wanting to just build a cool car, he wanted to build a life around motorsports. So, like any other young enthusiast wanting big power in a lightweight chassis, a Fox Body Mustang was an easy choice. After a short search, a gutted 1993 Mustang hatchback caught his eyes.

Creature comforts aside, the 1993 Mustang provided the perfect starting point for one to learn all things automotive. The car became the building block of knowledge for him. In the end the car would become a nitrous-huffing Windsor backed by a built reverse-shifted C4 transmission. The car remained on a diet with full tubular suspension and Holeshot wheels. The list of race car parts would continue, as would his love for racing and attending cruises.

While the Pennsylvania summer and fall provided the perfect weather for cruising and racing, the downfall of winter hit hard. Instead of switching into a cold-weather motorsport, it was time to move to a warmer climate for year-round fun. Unfortunately, this meant letting go of the old Fox Body. However, relocating to Florida meant more tracks, more events, and of course more seat time. It wouldn’t be long before he was back into the mindset from 15 years prior.

As he tried to suppress his love of cars with other hobbies, including competitive shooting programs, it would all boil over when attending Cleetus and Cars at the Freedom Factory in Bradenton, Florida. The attraction was back and this time unavoidable. Instead of seeking out a drag car, he desired something that could also handle car shows, cruises, and date nights comfortably. This desire resulted in a few trips to the dealership before…

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