Like a large portion of the racers involved in the sport, Preston’s interest in cars and motorsports started very early in his life. By the time he earned his driver’s license, he was pretty well hooked on becoming a competitor. In 1962 he built his first car for competition, a 1951 Mercury with a small block Chevy V-8 for power. Around this time, he joined the local car club, The Memphis Writers, which he is still a member.
In 1967 he built a Chevy 327 cubic inch powered C/Gas dragster and set a new national record with it. This was an important happening, since that open the door for him to take over the driver seat in Raymond Godman’s “Tennessee Bo Weevil” a blown Chrysler AA/Fuel dragster in late 1967. Preston didn’t only supply the driving talent for the team, he also built their engines. Their first major outing and win was at the 1968 season opening divisional race at Phoenix Dragway in Phoenix City, Alabama. By the end of the 1968 season Preston and Ray were able to take home the NHRA Division 2 Championship after putting together a very impressive winning season. In 1970 they prove themselves again when they completed the season with another NHRA Division 2 Championship.
By this time funny cars were becoming very popular so in 1972 they added a blown Chrysler powered Plymouth Barracuda bodied AA/Fuel funny car to go with the dragster. While they made an impressive showing wherever they competed with both cars; the strain of maintaining two cars was not worth the effort. So, they chose to stick with just the funny car. There were two memorable events that took place that year. First, they were runner-up to Tom McEwen at the PRA National Challenge event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Second, they won the NHRA Division 2 Funny Car Championship.
By 1974 they had replaced the Barracuda body car with a new chassis/engine combination that featured a blown Chrysler for power but sported a Mustang body. Unfortunately, 1974 proved to be a good year/bad year for the team. The bad news Preston had a major blower explosion and fire that destroyed the car. The good news he escaped with relatively minor injuries. After rebuilding the car and competing in a couple more events Preston decided it was time to hang it up for a while. However, 1979 at the Silver Anniversary of the US Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana Preston once more took over the driving chores. After couple more events, Raymond elected to retire, so Preston decided once more it was time to quit driving.
Unable to simply be a spectator, in December 2014, Preston finish building a 225-inch front engine nostalgia dragster. The dragster was powered by a 417 Donovan with AJPE heads running on alcohol. Preston campaigned this dragster from 2003 through the 2015 season. Preston and Raymond went to the National Hot Rod Reunion at Bowling Green with several of the “Tennessee Bo Weevil” cars. Including the famous Bo-Weevil Modified Roadster.