Pro Mod Madness! Our Fuel Curve Top 10 List, #5 Frankie Taylor
Editor’s Note. This is a ten-part series we will run once per week introducing the Top 10 Pro Mod race cars in our opinion. Series author Steven Bunker knows a thing or two about drag racing, especially Pro Mods. His grandfather Bob Bunker was one of the premier racers in supercharged, steel-bodied, quarter mile door cars which were the precursor to the class. Check back each week as Steven counts ‘em down!
#5 – Frankie “Mad Man” Taylor
His name says it all – the “Mad Man”. There’s a reason he got that nickname and it’s not only because he looks like a Mad Scientist. Taylor has a deep-rooted history in the Pro Mod ranks dating back to the mid-90s. He has raced it all, and won it all, from the old Super Chevy days to local outlaw events.
Taylor now competes on the big stage with the eighth-mile PDRA series in the Pro Extreme category. Taylor is always a threat and isn’t afraid to put it all on the line or try new things. His name has been alongside many records and the Mad Man has won multiple championships. He set a record on a used and borrowed set of tires, tested his car in the rain and dabbled with some outlaw quarter-mile stuff while posting a 5.47 ET on the boards with less than 10 quarter-mile runs under his belt! Taylor likes to spice things up to. He has match raced everything from a fuel altered to a NHRA top alcohol funny car and most recently a jet car (in which he beat them all).
It seems there’s nothing the Mad Man won’t try and he never backs down from a dare. Frankie Taylor carries the original persona of Pro Mod racers who started the class – always looking for more and never backing down from a challenge. Taylor does more with less while balling on a budget. We like that. Paired with his multiple accolades during an extensive Pro Mod career, he is solidly placed in our top 10 list.