With a global pandemic keeping most of us cooped up at home, leave it to the Professional Fun-Haver to cheer us — and himself — up with a little shelter-in-place shenanigans. With Formula Drift events sidelined, Vaughn Gittin Jr. was itching to kill some tires, so he pulled his 1990 Mustang GT, dubbed the Drift Missile, and slid it around his driveway.
Propelling his Fox GT is a Ford Performance 363-inch small-block crate engine breathing through an Edelbrock Performer RPM II intake and barking out through a set of long-tube headers and MagnaFlow mufflers. Backed by a TREMEC TKO five-speed manual transmission and a 2003 SVT Cobra independent rear suspension, this car puts down half a century of horsepower, thanks in part to an SCT Performance mass air meter and a chip in the factory PCM calibrated by Revolution Automotive.
Having ridden with Vaughn several times, we are well aware of his level of car control, but the tight confines of his driveway really put those talents on display. He set up a course, complete with pool noodle clipping points, and made a successful run with his wife Abby and son Gunnar looking on from inside the house.
“I never thought my driveway could be so fun! Who knew all I had to do was add a 500-horsepower, Ford Performance-powered Fox-body Mustang and some Nitto tires begging to be used up?” Vaughn enthused. “It was super tight and extremely sketchy, and I almost ended up in my living room on one run when I went full hot rod, but I managed to save it! I hope this puts smiles on many faces!”
We definitely grinned while watching it, so mission accomplished.