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SSOTN - Featured Member

September 2006 Featured Member
Full Name Ronald “Gator” Jackson Jr.
Screen Name Gator
Type and year of car

1994 SVT Mustang Cobra

Born where Milford Memorial Hospital-Delaware.
Reside Where

Magnolia, Delaware.

Family My beautiful wife Jessica!!
Pets

“Our Kids” 3 Chihuahua’s- Snoopy, Jacob, and Cheech.. 1 cat- Ghost, 2 African clawed frogs-Mr. Hophead/Rico, 1 turtle- “Jaws”, and 17 tropical fish



 
What modifications do you have to the car(s)?

Ported & extrude honed U/L Cobra intake/Ported & extrude honed-3 angle valvejob Edelbrock 60379 heads/Professional products 75mm Throttlebody/BBK CAI/Crane 2031 cam/Crane 1.7 rockers/MSD 6AL&Coil ignition-digital window switch/FMS 3.73’s/BBK underdrives/BBK 255lph Fuel pump /Aeromotive AFPR/Fidanza Flywheel/FMS king cobra clutch/BBK drag-launch springs/ZEX “Wet” nitrous kit- jetted for 150 shot/BBK ceramic shorties/Mac O-R H-pipe/Flowmaster American Thunder Catback/17” Chrome Cobra “R” Wheels Wrapped in 315-35’s/Anderson’04 PMS (Courtesy of Spence at Rhodes Performance) Tuned by ACA Performance of Newark DE.

 
What mods to you have planned for the future?

Undecided as of now….. Either a DART block Procharged 347 or 460+Big Block with 250 shot for my 30th B-day.

 
What was your original goal for the car(s)?

To be able to beat H/C/I- LS-1’s.. Mission Accomplished ;-)

 
What is your present goal for car(s)?

Build an low 9 second “Weekend Warrior”

 
What was your reason for buying the car(s)?

The first time I ever went “dream shopping” for a mustang I was 16, I came across several nice GT’s… When out of nowhere the dealer roared up in a 95 crystal white Cobra “R”… At 16 I couldn’t afford $37,995 Now.. at 26 I can’t afford nor justify chopping up a beautiful 45,000+ car for street duty/drag racing….so I settled for the next best thing J

 
What other cars have you considered buying/presently own?

2002 Firehawk Trans Am/1998 Corvette… I have owned a 99 SS Camaro, Stout as they are stock…I just realized my heart lies in the sound and looks of an SN-95 Cobra.

 
What are some of your Car / Driver achievements?

So far my greatest achievement has been meeting so many new friends, all stemming from my first SSOTN Nats attendance, (2005 fall). Who would have thought ONE day has brought so many new friends into my life.

 
Shout outs to people that helped you achieve these goals?

First I have to thank Bryan Glanden (WBG) For inviting me to my first SSOTN Nats……you created a MONSTER ;-)

I want to thank Matt Grieve (MattG2), Adam Arndt (Black90GT), Eric Berman (RdRunnr), Rich Johnson (94 GTR) and Bob Lunner (Rel3rd) for showing me all the in’s and outs of modifying a 302 J

And also want to send a big thanks to Joey and Anthony at ACA Performance for their patience in helping me tune around this “Finicky” 94 cobra J4J1 computer. I may not be easy to deal with as a customer… but I’m always in your corner as a friend!

Last but not least I want to thank my wife for not killing me when she came across the credit card statement for my last buildup ;-)

 
What is your Best 1/4 time?

Hmmmm why don’t you come find out this November 18th ;-)

 
Do you have any regrets along the way?
I regret not taking Bryan’s advice and building a blown 347 right off the bat! But hey.. we all have to learn if you wanna PLAY you better be ready to PAYJ

 
What was or is your favorite vehicle to this day and why?
I would have to say this Cobra is my favorite, besides breaking a 13 year “pack a day” smoking habit… I have never had such a Love/HATE relationship as this….. There are days I LOVE my car….. then again there are days I could just run it right off a pier into the ocean J
 
What other things do you enjoy besides cars?
I enjoy cooking, (especially bbq/smoking), water sports (wakeboarding/waterskiing), Wine collecting (Bully Hill Vineyards ROCKS!!!!) and most of all partying with good friends!
 
What upcoming events in 2006 do you plan on racing in if any?
I am primarily a NATS junkie! So keep a look out for me on Nov.18th.

 

 
What is your favorite thing about the Nats?
My favorite thing is the comradery amongst the members-Whether it be record breaking runs… or putting the pistons through the hood at the line…even if some members don’t necessarily “get along” ALL the time….. We RESPECT each other…. and above all, are ALWAYS there to lend a helping hand…. That to me is what being a true “Super Stallion” is all about!
 
How did you find SSOTN?
Bryan Glanden told me about an all mustang event at Cecil… I have been hooked ever since ;-)
 

Congrats to Ronald “Gator” Jackson Jr. for being the SSOTN Featured Member for September 2006.
Interview conducted by : John Paulson - Founder
Web Site Production: Matthew DeCillis - Webmaster

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