Bob Tasca Senior Tasca Ford
Bob Tasca Senior Tasca Ford, anyone who races a Ford or owns a Ford Mustang should be aware of him. Way back in the 60’s, He was an NHRA innovator and prominent Ford dealer and he started a race program out of his dealership (Tasca Ford) in East Providence, Rhode Island.
It all started in 1961, with a full size Ford Galaxie – Bill Lawton’s Tasca Galaxie turned the best performance, with a 12.50 pass at 116.60 mph (187.65 km/h). Later in 1963, he was one of the first to race a Fairlane with a big block. Then in 1964, he raced one of the Iconic Ford Thunder Bolts on the race scene. The Mustang AFX National Champion came later. Other cars were the prelude to the Funny car the “Mystery series” (a factory experimental) and a bunch of Funny cars.
He had a 1969 Mustang Super Boss 429 it was one of the most unique Mustang street cars. Bob Tasca Senior Tasca Ford put a bounty on it of $1,000 to see if anyone could beat him with street tires and closed exhaust. There were a lot of people who tried to collect, but he never lost. He was very helpful with getting Carroll Shelby and Ford together to create the Cobra and Mustang GTs. He also created the 428 Cobra Jet. During the 50s and 60s, Tasca became one of Henry Ford II most trusted advisors, traveling the world consulting Ford on production quality, performance, engineering and marketing.
Every time I see a high performance Mustang or a GT350, I remember Bob Tasca. I was privileged to know Mr. Tasca and lucky enough to work on some of his race cars.
Mr. Tasca was inducted into the Super Stock Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Mr. Tasca passed away on January 8, 2010. His sons, Bob Jr and Carl and his grandson Bob Tasca III have carried on his legacy in racing. Every Ford high performance owner should be grateful for Bob Tasca Senior.