Rick Wilson
Featured Member – June, 2015

Rick Wilson Racer Profile

Rick Wilson Racer Profile

This was shot at GCD and he is the owner of a local garage.. he is also building the Green Cove Springs Beat the Heat Police vehicle.

It’s that time again; time for another installment of the North Florida Subaru Group’s Featured Ride! A few weeks ago, we asked you to vote with your likes on Facebook and you did. Congratulations Rick Wilson for being our featured member for June! I met up with Rick at the Green Cove Dragway for some automotive mischief on the dirt and drift tracks. And it was GLORIOUS!  We started out with some photos on the drag strip because the car was going to get dirty and it wouldn’t be a good idea to drop dirt on the racing surface. Out on the dirt, the car was insane; it kicked up giant plumes of sand as Rick tore it around corners and across the open areas of the track. As he slowly took the car over a berm to size it up, it may or may not have be gotten high centered…While we waited for a tow rope (or didn’t), we had a chance to talk about Rick’s automotive history.

As most of you probably know, Rick is THE doctor at the NFSG sponsor, Dr. Dirty’s Rusty Nuts Garage (though by time of publication, I’ve been unable to find any records of said doctor with the state Department of Health).   His first car was a 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint and the list of “highlights” include (in no particular order) a 2004 neon srt-4 stage 2, an M3 swapped 1977 bmw 320,  1998 c5 corvette with a pedestrian 600 wheel horsepower, 1965 C10 full custom, 1966 Mustang, 1982 Toyota 4×4 bobbed lifted truck, 2001 Firebird Formula road course car, 1994 ford escort GT rally car and a 2007 STI Rally car.  Prior to opening the shop, Rick served in the Navy and was stationed in some of the absolute worst places for an automotive enthusiast…places like Italy… and Japan… horrible, right? Some of the cars he had abroad were as interesting as those he has owned in the States: 1995 Skyline GTS25-T, “some badass RX-7’s”, a 1992 Ford Escort Cosworth Turbo AWD, 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale, 1994 Mazda 323 GTR swap, Turbo AWD. You get the idea. Rick came to the Subaru fold by moving up to the AWD racing classes after about eight years in 2WD rally cars. A dozen or so Subarus later, he arrived at the Patriot.

The Patriot, a 2004 WRX bares little resemblance to the orange stance-mobile it was when Rick picked it up as a shell from North Georgia Craigslist, a year and a half ago. The first modification made to the car was to get the shell back on the road with a JDM 2.0L running E85 and producing around 300 wheel horsepower.  Along the way, the suspension has received ISC coilovers, and Perrin sway bars up front and out back. White Team Dynamics 15in wheels that reside under the fender flares are shod with Firestone Winter Force 205/65/15 tires.  Both the interior and exterior got the “keep only what’s absolutely necessary” treatment  and an awesome American Flag wrap was applied. The latest work done to the car was putting in a fully built Revvworks 2.5L block which makes considerably more power than the previous mill. The new power plant’s higher than usual compression ratio, VF48 turbo, massive TMIC, 1000cc injectors and “every other supporting mod” combine to put about 400 horsepower and 440 torques to the ground. The power is channeled through a JDM STI 5-speed  4.44 transmission with a Driver Controlled Center Differential(DCCD) and limited slip rear diff.

Rick says his favorite thing about the car is its versatility. “The car was built for the purpose of doing anything and everything; and it does.  It’s an all-purpose hoon mobile.” This goal was achieved and then some. Even on snow tires, Rick was able to churn out smokey donuts, kick up loads of earth, slide on the asphalt and splash through the odd puddle. “Numbers don’t do this car justice,” he says. “On the street, 0-100mph, there are very few cars that can keep up. The combination of the small turbo, high compression, low gears with AWD, is just plain awesome.”

Of the North Florida Subaru Group Rick says “it’s a badass group of likeminded car enthusiasts, best group on Facebook.” I couldn’t agree more.

Written By: Patrick Fry

NFSG Member

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Started out with dirt track in the late 1950’s running a ’48 Ford with a ’51 Lincoln engine. Then in the early 1960’s moved to Minnesota dragways running a ’47 Cadillac convertible, can’t remember what place I took but I’m sure I did well. My brother had a ’59 Chevy convertible that I raced and won him a trophy by coming in first place. Oh and did I mention I was 8 months pregnant in that race. Then when I found out my grandson was racing my son’s corvette, I got the bug all over again at age 75. What started out as somewhat of a joke turned out to be the best day of my life thanks to all of the wonderful people at the Green Cove Dragway!! And of course to my son Scott who let me use his car and my grandson Shane for riding with me and last but not least thanks to the rest of my family for being able to be there.


FROM MS. BETTY : I have wanted to send you a note telling you and all the staff how great I was treated when I was there on the 9th of March. I really would like to come back for rematches, but I broke my right foot plus there are other things I have to do. A lot of doctoring. I have been fighting breast cancer since 1987. It travels around and is now in my liver since 2007. I have the best doc in the world. The day I spent down there was the best day of my life!!! Having all my kids, grandkids, great grandkids there was great also. Also meeting one of the owners of the track. My daughter bought me a tee shirt with my picture and the car. Words cannot describe how wonderful it was for me. Thank you so much for making my day. Hopefully I will be able to come down again.


Profile for Peter Miele – Saint Augustine

Cars, I have always had a love of cars. My first one I carried around in my pocket and still have it on the shelf in my house. So it was no surprise that as a kid in 1966 growing up in New Jersey I worked at my Uncle Danny’s Sunoco Gas station in Hackensack, New Jersey. I also worked at my Uncle Larry’s Sunoco in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Sunoco 260 was the choice of all Hot Cars of the day so I got to see them all firsthand. It was so cool!

Both of my uncle’s specialized in working on Hot Cars and both were drag racers themselves. The bonus of working for them was the firsthand knowledge of fast cars and the weekly trips to the drag strip.

At the track, I was able to be in the pits and do small jobs on the cars, like pumping up the fuel pressure tank and checking the tire pressure. The drag race “Fire” was lit!

In 1969, my family moved to Florida and my days of working at the Sunoco stations for my uncles were over. But not my love for cars.

Met and married my High school sweetheart, Debbie. We had two Beautiful daughters.

In those years of working long hours and raising a family, drag racing and hot rodding was something I read about and dreamed of. I did rebuild and make many cool cars over the years but I always wanted a ‘gasser’ looking car with a straight front axle and roll bar.

Fast Forward… to 2004, finally ready to build a “gasser” as a daily driver. After a long search, I found the Ranchero which happens to be the actual shop truck of my uncle’s New Jersey Sunoco stations.

When the Ranchero was finished, it was driven on the street for years. Then it happened, “Green Cove Drag way opened! On my “Bucket list” was to Drag Race on an actual track. There I was on a track for the first time ever! “Drag racing my Ranchero”, the ‘gasser’ looking car with a straight front axle and roll bar.

“The Need for Speed is ALIVE & WELL!”

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Profile for Billy “The Wheelie” Barton

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My birthday is the 7th of December, Pearl Harbor Day.  Back when I turned 15, Gainesville Raceway  used to keep the track open until the first weekend of December every year.  I raced for the first time on my birthday, when I turned 15.  Now my step-father went and bought a 1972 Chevelle, a 350 Malibu with a factory two-barrel.  He got it as a project for us before I was old enough to drive.  In the meantime, my mother raced the car at Gainesville.  She did fairly well, too.  As soon as I got a license, I took over the driving.  I had been going to the track and watching since I was around 10 years old.  I used to go with a friend of mine in our neighborhood, his dad, Clinton Ray, drove a dodge demon that my cousin owned.  A lot of the old school Jax Raceways drivers will know and remember my cousin, Billy Crews.  I grew up watching Billy race at Jax on Friday nights and Gainesville on Saturday nights.  I can remember Billy winning at Jax on Friday and winning a “Big Bucks Race” in Gainesville the next night.  I always wanted to be a winner like my cousin Billy.  I never can remember seeing Billy get mad or talk ill of any other driver.  He was a huge inspiration to me.  Another racer hero of mine was “Rapid Roy” Johnson.  Roy and his wife both used to race dragbikes at Gainesville.  My friend, Clinton Ray Jr. and I used to go down to the wooden bleachers that were at the ¼ mile trap at Gainesville and watch Roy come flying by us!!!!!  I grew up wanting to be just like Billy Crews and Roy Johnson.

The deal was if I kept my grades up and paid for the fuel, my family would take me racing.  I started working at 15 at the Winn Dixie in Macclenny.  I started as a paper/plastic technician….. fancy talk for a bag-boy.  I worked there for over five years and worked two jobs and ran substitute on the Times Union paper route to support my bad habit.  This bad habit being that little win light coming on!!!  We upgraded to a 1970 ½ split bumper Z-28 when I was a senior in high school.  I ran it until I got married and started a family.  The cars had to go.  Oddly enough, we sold each car for 700 dollars each.  There is not hardly a day go by that I don’t wish I had kept them.  I was out of racing until 2007, when I bought my first race bike.  It was a 1997 Honda Blackbird.  I won my first track championship on this bike in 2007.  A good friend of mine had bought a brand new ZX-14 in 2007 and I helped him at the track.  His only goal was to get his 9 second license, then he said he was going to sell his entire rig….. bike, trailer, leathers….everything.  He let me buy his entire operation and he let me pay over time.  He was a huge help and a very good friend to me, Mr. Emery Fuller.  The new bike allowed me to step my game up.  I have qualified for 3 Division 2 NHRA Bracket Finals and I have won a WALLY and two WALLY-GATORS. I finished #2 in the 6.50 “No-Box” circuit in 2010. I have got a 1972 Nova, a 1973 Camaro, and  my girlfriend has a 1978 El Camino that she will be racing soon.  I have been doing high performance work on cars and bikes for many years now.  We built my step-dad’s 1995 Gran-Prix Super-Street car and it has been a wonderful performer.  I have driven everything from a car than ran 18’s in the quarter to a door car that went in the 8’s at 150 mph.  I just love racing and hopefully one day I will be able to make a living doing it.  If we are ever at the track, come by and say Hi…… we love to have kids get on the bike or in our car and get their pictures taken!!!!  I can remember some of the old school drivers doing that for us when we were younger and I always try to be an example to young people today.  A huge thanks goes out to the City of Green Cove Springs and to Mr. Pete and Mrs. Maree for having the vision and knowledge to supply us with a safe race environment and for giving back to the community.  I also would like to thank my sponsor “Pawnderosa Pawn Shop” in Macclenny Florida.  Go see Robbie for the best deals around!!!!!

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