John Calvert, Lancaster, Calif.

Photo courtesy of Bob Johnson

HARDWARE — John Calvert won the 1991 NHRA Stock Eliminator championship and the 2009 NHRA Winternationals. He will be honored 

There are many who think once Henry Ford designed the Model T,  John Calvert began lobbying the automotive legend to drag race it against Gaston Chevrolet’s new cars.

What’s going to happen Thursday in Indianapolis will only convince them more.

Ford Performance Parts will present its inaugural Bob Glidden 85/10 Award to the Lancaster drag racer and drag racing parts pioneer at the prestigious  Performance Racing Industry trade show.

Calvert, 57, operates one of the nation’s most respected parts operations in Fox Field-based Calvert Racing.

His patented leaf spring suspensions are used by drag racers all over the country.

Calvert Racing is also the flagship west coast drag racing franchise of the Ford Cobra Jet Mustang.

Calvert earned his third NHRA WinterNationals victory at Pomona in 2009 painted identically to the car Al Jonlec drove to Ford’s first NHRA Cobra Jet victory in 1968.

“It is such an honor to be selected to be the first recipient of the Bob Glidden 85/10 Award,” Calvert said in a Ford Performance Parts  press release. “I feel as though Ford Motor Company and Ford Performance, while helpful and generous to all, have really welcomed me into their family.”

Glidden was a drag racing legend for the blue oval. The former Indiana Ford Dealership owner won 85 events, and 10 national championships.

His award is meant to acknowledge  racers who show Glidden’s grit and determination.

“There will never be another Bob Glidden, true,” said Eric Cin, the Global Director of Ford Performance Parts, who will make the presentation Thursday. “But we could not be more pleased to have racers like John Calvert  continue his legacy with Ford.

“A great family man, John has definitely earned his place both in Ford Motor Company and drag racing history. John is the perfect recipient for the first 85/10 award.”

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