The Goat ran a Top Fuel car for the a couple of decades, with a tune-up as hot and volatile as a poached egg on the highway. The Gotelli Speed Shop machine, eponymous tagged for Gotelli’s popular high performance emporium in the South City section of San Francisco, was powered by an engine out of a ‘58 Chrysler New Yorker.
The Goat felt that a pushrod actuated, piston-driven mill like the Chrysler (with hemispherical-shaped combustion chambers) was the only prudent way to make horsepower while burning nitro, which was a delicate operation.
Gotelli was among the baddest tomatoes when it came to extricating copious amounts of power out of a Chrysler engine burning nitromethane as a fuel.
The partnership was perfect symmetry. Gotelli had an ax to grind (the San Francisco drag racers felt they were given the bum’s rush by the Los Angeles-based “Petersen magazine syndicate”) and Leasher was his blade.