Enthusiast Spotlight: Scott Boda
Scott Boda, Steeda Autosports’ Director of Manufacturing, is a natural for the Steeda Autosports Team because of his unquenchable desire for perfection and his “need for speed”. An employee of Steeda Autosports since 1999, and a die-hard performance aficionado, Scott has worked his way up the “hard way” and is a great representative for all Ford performance enthusiasts at Steeda.
With a keen automotive sense and diligent manufacturing abilities, Scott’s driving force and leadership is a true labor of love as he practices what he preaches – for the past 12 years he races as often as possible (currently in the NMRA True Street Class), testing a variety of both production and prototype Steeda parts in real-world race conditions with his built 1990 Mustang LX.
Born in Fairfield Connecticut, Scott migrated to Boca Raton Florida 22 years ago where he graduated from Boca Raton High School and attended Florida State University with a minor in the all-out pursuit of speed.
Scott has owned a wide variety of Ford performance vehicles over the years – some for longer than others. His first car was a beautiful and equally rare 1986 Mustang V6 with T-tops that he had for only 28 days…it seams as if his love affair with that car ended prematurely when it “inadvertently met it’s final fate when it was attracted to a ditch – or that is what he told everyone! In short order he substituted another ’86 Stang and to keep the adrenalin pumping, he adding many bolt-on parts to pump up the power. That pony was later sold and replaced with a white ’89 GT that also was subjected to many performance modifications and quarter mile trips. While attending FSU, Scott’s addiction to the drag racing sport increased when he purchased a used, red 1990 Mustang LX that he has now owned for the last 12 years. It is this pony that today is his weekend warrior and also a developmental ride he uses to test his skills as well as testing many new Steeda parts at dragstrips around the country.
Not satisfied with the stock power in his Mustang (who ever is!!!), Boda has seriously upgraded his mount over the years so that today when he races in the NMRA True Street Class he is a competitive threat that bears watching. Today his pony has the following modifications:
- 438 cubic inch Dart Block
- CP Pistons
- Eagle Crank and Rods
- TFS High Ports Stage III from Bennett Racing
- Super Victor Spyder Intake EFI
- Custom Solid Roller from Bennett Racing
- Kooks 2” headers
- Dr. Gas 3” X pipe
- Mac 3” exhaust
- 42lb injectors
- Complete Aeromotive Fuel system
- Nitrous Express Plate system (100hp)
- NOS NOSsle direct port (200hp)
- C4 Transmission from PA Racing
- QA1 K-member
- Steeda Coil overs
- Steeda Camber Plates
- Steeda Bump steer kit
- Flaming River rack
- Steeda Tokico 5 way Drag Struts
- Steeda Power slot rotors
- Steeda Hawk Brake pads
- Steeda Caliber guide sleeves
- Steeda Double adjustable uppers
- Steeda Weight jacker lowers
- Steeda Street anti roll bar
- 3.73 Ford Racing gears
- Lakewood 50/50 shocks
- Nitto 325/50/15 Drag Radials
At the recent NMRA opening event in Bradenton Florida, Scott, testing a new suspension settings that were set to bury the power directly to the asphalt, was able to bang the fastest 60’ time in his class – a smoking 1.323 beating all 106 other competitors in his class in the critical launch phase of the race – a true indication that his ride is really hooking up and launching hard. His mildly prepared 702 hp engine was able to propel him to the traps in 9.16 seconds at 147mph – not bad for a former grocery getter Mustang that is his “baby” today! In subsequent testing, Scott has been able to improve his time to a personal best of 9.07 – a very respectable time for the class he in in.
In addition to driving a car straight down the quarter mile, Scott also has done his fair share of time taking corners in the past in the SCCA Solo Autocross Series. So he knows quite a bit about overall vehicle handling and performance. Call it a “Balance of Power”: Blasting down the quarter mile or throwing himself around corners at blazing speeds, Scott Boda, Steeda’s Director of Manufacturing, combines both work and pleasure in the pursuit of life in the fast lane!
If drag racing sounds interesting to you as a spectator or as a participant, Scott highly recommends checking out all of the great NMRA Drag Racing.
Steeda – Speed Matters