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The first car John Force owned was a 1960 Ford Fairlane.

He was a 14-year-old, and the scent of gasoline was like oxygen.

The original motor was a six cylinder. He replaced it with a four-speed .350 police interceptor.

“You had your girlfriend’s picture in the car, your football helmet and your schoolbooks because that’s where you lived,” Force said.

He was the son of a truck driver, Bill, and a cook, Betty. Before the cars fully consumed him, he did the same things. They raised their three boys and one girl in a small trailer in California.

The car was Force’s way out.

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