Marcus is a family man first and a
Drag Racer next. Marcus always places his wife Carolyn
and daughters Melissa and Eldrika above the racing. Marcus is a Charter Member,
as one of the original nine members of Bracket Master Racing Team
Marcus is a racer
that reads everything about drag racing he can get his hands on. He
everything about whatever he plans to purchase for his car.
His is one of the most well informed members of the team. Marcus is
ready to help other team members. He loves to share his knowledge on the
latest and greatest parts that are being sold.
Marcus is one of the few people working in the field of his lifelong
dreams. Five or six years ago, he went to work for the
railroad. He has endured shift work, working out of town for long
periods, not being able to race and other inconveniencies to move up at
his railroad job. After toughing it out and attending classes to be
become an engineer, he was promoted to Train Engineer in early 2005. Now he has time to race again. Another of
Marcus is one of the few men that had his first car built to his dream
specs. This is the same Black Nova SS that you see here on these
pages. All tube chassis with the latest aluminum inside, the latest
front and rear suspension and super paint job. The car was built by
Pro-Fab of Baton Rouge, LA. Marcus builds his own motors. That's motors with
a "s". He takes pride in being able to say, "I did the motor
myself". The car started with SBC 406 power (high 9 sec), and
then moved up to low 9 second Big Block power. The next motor was a
little milder Big Block
that ran in the mid 9's at about 140 MPH. Marcus has now built a Big
Chief BBC motor that runs in the mid 8 second range.
3/15/02 - Marcus and family traveled to Maryland International Raceway for the
QuarterMasters race on June 1, 2002.
4/7/02 - Marcus took to car to State Capitol
Dragway for their first Ford & Mopar Vs.
Chevy event. During his last time trial he experienced a blowout of
the O-Ring on the top of his RACING
FRAM FILTER. This
occurred on the top end of the track, but there was no loss of control and
the car was halted with no problems. Plenty of smoke and oil on the
track. Bracket Master racers (BBC) have not has good luck with any
of the Fram Filters. The car was taken home to inspect the bearings
due to low oil pressure when the O-Ring failed.
4/28/02 - The team traveled to Memphis, TN for
the 1st Annual Bracket Race Shoot Out, sponsored by the Memphis Tri-State
Racers. Marcus won 3 rounds and lost out in the 1/4 finals.
This was good for $100.00! Marcus had fuel delivery problems most of
the weekend and only lost due to a bad bog off the line in the 1/4
finals. Marcus is looking to upgrade the fuel system on the Nova to
solve that problem. Super racing Marcus, keep up the good
work. This is just a tune-up for the Maryland trip in June!
5/24/02 - Marcus has installed two new Holley
Fuel pumps and a new fuel filter. He overhauled the Holley Dominator
but the car did not improve. The car was still not performing as it
should off the line.
5/27/02 - After checking the transmission oil
and finding metal filings on the dipstick, Marcus decided to remove the
transmission and converter. He discovered the converter was
destroyed inside. The metal was throughout the system. In a
short 10 hour period, a old transmission was overhauled and a different
torque converter was installed and tested. Clarence Plain, of Plain
Racing, provided the shop space and cleaning vat to wash the parts and
assemble the transmission. Marcus did the majority of the trans.
overhaul under the watchful eye of Clarence Plain, who is a certified
transmission repair technician. After the overhaul, Marcus, Houston,
Reggie, Clarence and Skip installed the transmission. The
transmission was tested on the jack stands and everything worked as it
should. Marcus is ready to roll to Maryland!
6/1/02 - Marcus,
Carolyn, Melissa and Eldrika traveled to Budd's
Creek, Maryland for the QuarterMasters SuperCharger Shootout. The
team had a total of 3 race cars, 10 adults and 4 children, along for the
trip. During the 2nd time trial Marcus experienced trouble with the
transmission and after
working on it for some time, he decided to put the car on the
trailer. Marcus and family returned to Baton Rouge via Augusta, GA
where they visited with relatives.
6/15/02 - Marcus is working on overhauling
the transmission. A new style Pro-Trans Brake has been installed and
everything is being checked again. This work should be finished
Marcus Melissa and Carolyn Bowie are working on getting Melissa
ready to drive the Jr. Dragster. Melissa has completed the paper
work and is waiting on word from NHRA for her authorization to
6/22/02 - The
Bowie's, Marcus, Carolyn and Melissa, attended the Annual BMRT Picnic at
State Capitol Dragway. Marcus competed in Super Pro class. The
family enjoyed the outing but the race was rained out.
8/10/02 - Marcus was
back home, fresh out of the initial part of Engineer's School for
operating railroad engines. He has been attending classes in the
Memphis, TN area. He should be in the Baton Rouge area for the next
phase of the training.
Marcus had a chance to run the car for the first time since making
modifications to the power train. After experiencing a major
reduction in oil pressure after the first time trial (Fram regular
filter), he was able to regain full oil pressure after changing the
filter. After that problem was solved, there were some other minor
problems that caused him to put the car on the trailer for the
Marcus was a perfect team mate by loaning Skip one of his slicks after the
second round of competition. Skip had just won and then had a
flat. This was no easy job due to the rear fender configuration on
the Nova. All the air had to be let out, and it had to be flattened
to get the tire off the Nova. Marcus just happened to have the
perfect backspace on his rims to fit on Skip's Camaro (Skip has always
said his 12-Bolt was from a Nova. The axels are 1" shorter than
the Camaro 12- Bolt axels). Marcus will be making the minor repairs
and adjustments and will be ready shortly.
10/13/02 - Marcus had
the black Nova running excellent on Sunday for the Team Challenge
Race. He won his first round race but that was as far as he
went. The car was running the best it had run in a while, turning a
9.41 ET. Marcus was very pleased with the performance of the
Carolyn was busy all weekend selling a variety of club items and
working in the Hospitality Room. Melissa helped with the Jr.
Dragster as a member of the Pit Crew.
11/1/02 - The Black Nova
was at the track for some final data gathering before retiring for the
season. The air was not the best and he recorded a respectable 9.42
at 142 MPH. The mile per hour increase, of over 2 MPH, was the
result of a gear change from 4:88 to 4:56. We expect the car to be
more consistent with the new gears.
3/21/03 - Marcus took
the car to State Capitol Dragway for testing. He will compete in the
Miss. vs. LA race on Sun. 3/23 at NPRP. Marcus has been very busy
all this year with his Railroad work and classes and has not been able to
get to the track. The car ran very respectful during this outing,
recording a 9.54 @ 142 MPH off the trailer. In eliminations he ran a
9.53 on a 9.54, crossing the finish line first but breaking out!
3/23/03 - The Black Nova
ran very well at NPRP on Sunday. Times were very consistent in the
9.42 - 9.44 second area. Marcus's family was there to lend support
and enjoy the racing. During eliminations, Marcus won in the first
round and lost in the second round.