Nicknamed the Shotgun, the Boss 429 engine was so big that Ford contracted its performance…
Bud Moore Engineering was Ford’s only factory team for the 1970 SCCA Trans-American Championship, and the team prepared its three iconic school-bus-yellow Boss 302s for the season, one being a re-skinned 1969 model built by Kar-Kraft the year before.
The scrappy and aggressive Parnelli Jones won five races, and teammate George Follmer brought home a sixth trophy. (It was a great year for Jones, who also won the Indy 500, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and the Baja 1000, all in Fords.)
At the end of the 11-race season, Ford had won its third manufacturers’ championship in the over-2.0-liter class, and Jones was crowned the Trans-Am series champion.
[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared as part of the 25 Greatest Mustangs cover story in the July/August issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. You can find the other entries here.]