Hummers aren’t as great as a lot of people think they are. Yeah, I said it. It’s a heavy brick of a vehicle that in most forms was underpowered, seriously over-geared, with an interior designed by the Marquis de Sade and an underpowered lump of a diesel engine pushing it around. It’s only redeeming quality, in my eyes at least, is it’s off-road prowess. I have stories involving scared military driving instructors hanging onto whatever they could as I proved the HMMWV’s worth on tank trails. My main complaint was always the unhurried power delivery…while it varied from truck to truck, generally HMMWVs accelerate like the seasons change: slowly.
Grant Fraysier’s Hummer H1, however, has a great big cure for that ailment, in the form of a Steve Morris-built 615ci big-block Chevy mill that is force-fed with a Procharger to the tune of 3,029 horsepower and 2,006 ft/lb of torque. The Outlaw-class sand dragger looks less like a Hummer and more like a big-tire drag car. Does it work? The rooster tails of sand flung up by the big paddle tires will tell you everything you need to know.