As luck would have it, the boys had a man on the inside, Big Al Anderson. Al had been working at BurgerFuel for some time and it was put to him that if he got a sponsorship meeting set up with Chris the owner, his ancient classic Vespa Motorbike would be custom painted for free by John.
True to his word Al got onto it and a year later (yes, Al took his time) a meeting was finally agreed to between Chris and John to discuss the possibility. Synergy was the word and Chris got it immediately, so a deal was struck and at the end of the 1999 Drag season The “Piaggi /Pavlovich Special” would make its debut as the BurgerFuel supercharged Flathead!
It pays to mention here that at the time of signing of the Sponsorship contract the car was still in a million pieces and untried in a Supercharged configuration but Chris Mason was confident in the guys he had just made his first sponsorship deal with. Six months later the day of reckoning was upon Chris and John as they warmed up the engine in the pits for the first time (in typical fashion the car was finished at midnight before the race). Chris Mason was in the crowd anxiously waiting the appearance of the Altered on the start line. Sitting in the driver's seat John nervously hammered the throttle to warm the slicks under Chris Piaggi’s careful instruction. Wow, the Supercharger had added at least another 150 horsepower to the combination and John felt it immediately. With Chris Piaggi urging the car forward to the start line the dragster in the other lane performed its burnout, it was none other than Pete Dore’s Front Engine rail “Midnight Special” driven by the “Hot Shoe” Darrel Slater.