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UNSTOPPABLE FACTORY. STYLED. The stock-type suspension has been beefed up considerably to handle the 1300-plus horsepower being produced by the LS. Scott switches between a drag slick and drag radial tire.

with scholarship offers rolling in. One more season and he was off to chase his dreams. Unfortunately for Scott, a torn rotator cuff would result in those offers being withdrawn and would all but derail his opportunity at a promising baseball career. Instead of focusing on what might have been, he chose to enjoy the opportunity to play ball at one of the country’s top five junior colleges. MacDonald has never forgotten his love of the game. His jersey hangs framed in his office today and his high school would later honor him by retiring his number.

Plan B: Serving His Country in the U.S. Navy

At the age of 22, MacDonald enlisted in the Navy, where he would ultimately be stationed at


Virginia Beach. There was something special about the bonds he formed among the men he served with, the comradere they shared was like nothing Scott had ever known. These were the men who would have your back no matter what, and they became like family. MacDonald made it his mission to be accepted to the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) program, a goal he would ultimately accomplish. “I worked my butt off to be accepted to that EOD program. I thought that would be the hardest thing I would do in life, little did I know…”

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SLICK AS ’GLASS A new VFN hood was added this winter to give the Camaro an even more intimidating look. said MacDonald recalling his acceptance into the program. Little did he know that 4 years 7 months and 5 days into his military career everything would change. It was then that he would truly be up against the biggest challenges yet in his life. On November 9, 1998 while returning from a visit back home in Connecticut to his base in Virginia, MacDonald


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came across a terrible accident. He stopped to assist at the scene, and in doing so added a couple hours’ time to an already very long trip. With just 30 miles to go to reach his base the unthinkable happened. Scott fell asleep behind the wheel resulting in a single vehicle crash that would leave him paralyzed from the chest down. Life as he knew it would never be

the same, but it was definitely not over. He would need to learn to adjust to his “new normal.” MacDonald retired from the Navy in 1999, but the bond to his military brethren remains unbroken as he now currently works for a nonprofit with homeless veterans.

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rehab, I was looking for something to give me that rush like things I did before I became paralyzed. Not alcohol—not drugs—but adrenaline! The kind of cold chill that comes right before jumping into the ocean out of a helicopter!” That adrenaline rush is what MacDonald was missing in his life and some friends thought the


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answer might be found at the local drag strip. They were right. “That feeling I was looking for came with the first car I bought after being hurt...that feeling on the line, sitting at the light in my 1999 supercharged Grand Prix. Just being at the drag strip with my friends and their cars was amazing, even if I was only running high 12s.”


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BEWSTED EL ESS Under the hood lies a wicked turbocharged 427-inch LS mill capable of 1300 horsepower to the rear wheels... wait, that’s not true. The Camaro actually made 1311hp with 22-pounds of boost before spinning on the dyno at 27-pounds! Any way you look at it, the fabrication of the big turbo and associated plumbing under the fouth-gen hood makes for a tight fit. Air is fed via the Holley 95mm throttle body to the massive Holley ram-style intake and fuel is introduced to the equation by twin Bosch fuel pumps and 160-pound injectors.


Regarding his first experiences at the track, MacDonald fondly recalled his memories. “I knew this was the one thing that was going to replace all those things I used to do,” he said. Not only did the track provide the adrenaline rush he was seeking, but the comradere among the guys in his camp was and is the closest thing that can compare to the bonds he felt during his time in the Navy. MacDonald worked his way to an 11-second car, then into 10s until he took a big jump to the car he has today. Two years ago, the 1999 Camaro SS was ProCharged and run-

ning 5.70s in the eighthmile. Since then, it has seen a lot of changes, most of which have taken place in the garage he rents with some fellow racers. “I am fortunate enough to rent a garage with some amazing guys who help me with my car, and not just because I am paralyzed, but because we share a common love for something.” The car itself is a 32,000-original mile ’99 Camaro SS that boasts most of its factory tin except for a 4-inch VFN fiberglass hood and rear hatch along with a carbon fiber wing. Paint work was done by Jason Pratt, and to help save a little

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bit more weight, Optic Armor front and rear windows were installed. Chassis wise, the Camaro is stock with a mini tub in the rear and a chromoly cage. A beefed up stock-style rear suspension with Strange double-adjustable coil over shocks hangs on tight to an equally as beefy Ford 9-inch rear diff sporting a 9.5-inch center section and set of 3.90 pro gears. Up front, the Camaro received equal treatment in the suspension area, ditching the original heavy parts in favor of some lightweight mods controlled by Afco Big Guns. For power, MacDon-

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SCOTT ROD Inside, the Camaro is equipped for one: driver Scott MacDonald. The passenger area is taken up by the turbo cooler tank. The driver is treated to a mix of factory and race equipment, and of course, hand controls that enable Scott to feed his need for that special adrenaline rush he was searching for after his accident. The hand controls were installed by Advanced Wheels and work with a push for brake, rock back for gas, and the button on the white ball is for line lock and bump box. ald had RPE Machine in Hartford, CT build a killer LS-based mill that comes in at 427 cubic inches and started with a Dart billet LS block that has been stuffed with a Callies Dragon Slayer crank, Crower billet rods, and slugs by Diamond. The camshaft is a custom billet piece with specs kept under lock and key in Scott’s safe.Trick Flow Gen X 245 13.5 degree cathedral port heads were massaged by Total Engine Airflow and a Holley


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intake and 95mm throttle body take residence atop the near indestructible long block. Wanting to run in the ever-competitive world of drag radial, MacDonald knew he’d need more than just motor to get the job done. A single 88mm turbocharger was added to the mix complemented by a ProCharger blow off valve, 44mm wastegates, and air-to-water intercooler. Stainless Works took care of fabricating the custom stainless tur-


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SCOTT MACDONALD’S 1999 CHEVY CAMARO SS STREET/STRIP Chassis Type & Mods: Stock chassis, stock-style suspension with mini tub by Kurt Urban. Chromoly roll cage certified to 8.50. Chromoly parachute mount. Suspension: FRONT: BMR K-member and control arms, Afco Big Gun shocks, custom limiters. REAR: Ford 9-inch with 9.5-inch center section, BMR torque arm, control arms, drag sway bar and Strange double adjustable shocks. Strange race brakes. Body & Paint: 32,000 original miles. 4-inch VFN Sunoco hood, VFN fiberglass rear hatch, Optic Armor windshield and rear window, Burkhardt Chassis raw carbon wing, Paint by Jason Pratt, Vinyl Work by Ferrauola’s Custom Graphics. Engine: 427 cubic inch. Dart 9.24 deck billet block, 4.0 stroke, 4.125 bore (9.6:1 compression). Callies Dragon Slayer LS7 crank, Crower Billet rods, Diamond pistons with Total Seal rings. Custom billet solid roller cam. Jesel valvetrain, LS7 dry sump with Peterson tank, LS7 oil pump, Moroso catch cans, Kurt Urban Performance steam vent system and Meziere electric water pump. Trick Flow 13.5 degree cathedral port 245 cylinder heads done by Total Engine Airflow. Ferrea Titanium intake valves and Super Alloy Inconel exhaust valves. Trend custom pushrods with cup ends. Cloyes custom timing set with LS7 crank gear and pulse cam gear with “Z” chain and hex adjust timing. Stainless Works turbo headers. Induction: Holley high rise Intake with Holley 95mm throttle body. Twin Bosch fuel pumps to support 1,400 RWHP. Power Adder: GTX5518R 88mm turbo, ProCharger race blow off valve, 44mm wastegates, air-to-water intercooler, 10 gallon Ice tank and Rule 3700 pump. Electronics: Big Stuff 3 engine management with data logger. Boost Leash boost controller. Transmission & Converter: Rossler TH400 with transbrake button on hand controls. Second gear leaver and pro mod drum added by Anthony at Accurate Transmission. PTC 4600 stall converter and Precision shifter CO2 air shifter with RPM controller. Misc: All fittings and lines provided by Fragola Performance Systems. Turbo set up and custom fabrication by Paul McDermott Outlaw Racecraft in Connecticut. Car tuned by Frank Soldridge of PSI Speed Solutions. Hand controls installed by Advanced Wheels: push for brake, rock back for gas, and button on the white ball for line lock and bump box. Performance: 5.21 at 137 mph in the eighth-mile with 1.19 60-foot on 15 psi.


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Not much cargo room once you move the fuel tank up into the rear. The Camaro needed to tie everything together with a chromoly cage that also keeps Scott safe during those wild eighthmile hits on the dragstrip. Shout Outs & Thank Yous: I am fortunate to have great people in my camp that have really stepped up to help me out with this build. Bobby at RPE Machine in Hartford, CT and Jose at ForcedInduction.com; every fitting and line came from Brint at Fragola Performance, all the fabrication for the turbo set up is from Paul McDermott of Outlaw Racecraft, Matt Lombardi was the go to man for fabricated parts, and thanks to Eric Vicary of Midwest Chassis, as well. The transmission is a 1+2 Rossler TH400 that was freshened by Anthony at Accurate Transmission. Wiring was all done by Paul Albino of Total Induction Tuning Solutions and all the tuning is by Frank Soldridge of PSI Speed Solutions. I want to give a huge thank you to my wife Amy. Without her support this would not be possible. Thanks also to BMR, Moroso Performance, and to Gary Gonzalez for your help and advice in this build. A huge thanks to all of my garage mates and great friend Dave LeVasseur. Dave and I spent many nights losing track of time working on the car making sure everything was perfect. He is just as excited about this build as I am!


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UNSTOPPABLE HIT THE TRACK Scott hit the track about a little over a month ago and slammed down some low 5-second eighth-mile hits with more to come as he gets a handle on the potential of the monster between the rails. Scott Murphy photo

Scott hopes to see the mid 4-second zone with the combination and is heading that way fast.In testing just a month or so ago, he knocked out a solid 5.35 in the eighth with a mild “shakedown” tune. From there, the very next week, he blasted a 5.21 at 137 mph “while blowing through the converter,” he said. “We made 1,311 hp to the tires on 22 psi,” added MacDonald. “We can make 27 psi but I blew the tires off on the dyno, so we have to turn that at the track.”


And since Scott plans on running some Outlaw and maybe a bit of no-time drags, we’ll leave the rest to the imagination! Possibly the best quote we can give you from Scott MacDonald during our interview was more of a Freudian slip when he summed up the build and all the people involved. “This whole project really has been a work of heart,” he confided. He quickly corrected himself to say “I mean, a work of art.” We think he had it right the first time.

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ith 21 years of racing under his belt, Craig Watson and his small tire 1973 Chevrolet Nova have many tales and memories together. The duo began evolving from the time Watson hit the ripe age of 17, and the team spun many a story together in the years that followed. The Chevy, which has been nicknamed The Death Nova by some of Watson’s closest friends, hasn’t always

slain the competition. The sleek black bowtie has progressed over the past two decades from a “grandma’s car”, to an Outlaw 8.5 Champion. “It has taken 25 years to get the car where it is now. From November of 1990 to this very moment has been fi lled with changes, upgrades, ideas, testing, races, bloody knuckles, mistakes, back tracking, and most of all a lot of lessons learned,” exclaimed Watson. “The car started as a 31,000-

mile, original green, grandma’s car, and for $2500 it was ours. My dad thought it was too much, but it was too solid and nice to pass up. It was a bone-stock 307 car with green shag carpet on the dash and rear package tray. It was a cream puff that wouldn’t turn a tire without a neutral drop,” recalled Watson. Once the Chevy was in the possession of the teenager, the changes started and the Nova began to take shape into the



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TWO DECADES OF GOIN’ FAST 2016 will mark the 21st year of racing for Kentucky native, Craig Watson

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NO OVERNIGHT... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! After wrecking his first Nova, Craig and his Dad found the ‘73 Nova on his 17th birthday.


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ACCURATE GROUND SPEED REGARDLESS OF WHEEL SPIN OR WHEEL STAND THE NAME IS ON THE PLATE The Chevy has been nicknamed ‘The Death Nova’ by Watson’s longtime friends, as it slays the competition! small tire, nitrous powered machine that it is today. Watson had a 350 from a 1974 Nova that he had owned prior to the ’73, but convincing his dad to allow him to do a motor swap was not yet in the cards. “Many think this is the same car I had when I was 15. But that was a ’74 Nova that I wrecked when I was 16. That about killed me

since I had already promised myself I would never have one of those ‘car that got away’ stories.” The new Nova quickly fi lled the void after Watson and his father found it on his 17th birthday. “We reused a lot of the parts from the ’74, so in my mind, those two cars almost became one and this ’73 still feels like my first

car,” explained Watson. Even though he was unable to finagle his way into dropping a few more cubic inches of motor into the engine bay, Watson was able to convince his dad to let him begin modifying the 307. “Some headers, a cast iron four-barrel intake, Q jet carburetor, and some 1.6 stamped rockers was all

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SMALL TIRE, BIG PERFORMANCE The Nova tips the scales at 3200 pounds, per OSCA Nostalgia Street rules and boasts a personal best of 5.30 at 133 mph at London Dragway on Hoosier 8.5-inch tires. Above, Craig is guided into the beams by good friend John Warren of Warren Racing at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

it took to wake up the stock motor,” Watson said. After starting college to get his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Kentucky, it didn’t take long for Craig to realize the hot rod wasn’t going to survive four years on a college campus without taking some damaging


licks. For four hundred bucks, a ’69 Plymouth Valiant let the Nova stay safely at home and become a weekend toy. “That 350 was still sitting in the corner of my parents’ garage and was begging for go-fast parts. An Edelbrock 2101 intake, Cam Dynamics 272 cam, and a fresh set of

gaskets got it ready for an eventual swap. I guess Dad figured I was ready to handle more power and finally let me make the change, and he even helped. That was around 1993, and the 300 or so horsepower was pretty stout for a kid’s street car back then.” A bent valve and a broken valve

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spring gave Watson the opportunity he needed to make some more upgrades and the ’73 began churning out regular 13-second passes. Watson recollects, “I upgraded from the stock 882 heads to ported 461 double hump 327 heads. I added in some 3.70 gears and had a hot rod running 13.60 at

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CRAIG WATSON’S 1973 CHEVY NOVA Chassis Type & Mods: 12-point chromoly cage with funny car cage addition by Bivins Race Cars. Suspension: FRONT: TRZ upper/lower control arms and steering arms. Pinto rack and pinion. Moroso Trick Springs, Menscer shocks, Aerospace brakes. REAR: Calvert Caltracs and split mono leaf springs, mini tubbed by Bivins Race Cars with Detroit Speed tubs, AFCO shocks by Mark Menscer, Speedway sliders on self-fabricated custom mounts. Body & Paint: Paint by Danny Abrell of Columbia, KY. Harwood fiberglass hood. VFN trunk lid. Glasstek bumpers and air dam. All stock glass with roll up windows. Engine: 437 “Oldsmopar”—SBC based on a GM Oldsmobile Rocket block with 12-degree Pro Action heads ported by BES. Induction: Mopar 420 intake by BES. C.A.M. intake spacers to match heads by Uratchko Race Engines. 1050 Quick Fuel carburetor custom spec’d by Zach Baker and tuned by Matt McCullough. Power Adder: Induction Solutions Sledgehammer plate. Baseline tune by Steve Johnson and fine tuned by Watson. Electronics: MSD distributor, HVC coil, and 7531 box. Transmission & Converter: Bradco 2-speed TH400 and custom 9.5-inch converter. Di˜ erential: Owner-built 9-inch Ford. Moser aluminum center section, Strange spool, and 35-spline axles. 4.29 or 4.56 gears. Best Perfromance (eighth-mile): 5.30 at 133 mph Thanks: Craig wishes to thank his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Warren Racing family for their teamwork, advice, support, and race day assistance. His family: wife Angella, son Timothy, mom Jane, dad Philip, and brother Mark. Patrick Higginbotham, Kenny Smith, John Heard, Chris Uratchko, Nathan and RL Stinson. And also to his sponsors: AEM Electronics and Lawson Mollica, Bradco Engineering and Brad Ector, Rapp Racing and Mark Rapp, Bivins Race Cars and Derek Bivins, Competition Automotive Machine and Jason, Matt and Dave. Quick Fuel Technology and Zach Baker, VP Racing Fuels and Jason Rueckert, and Carnivore Performance.


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The ‘73 Nova has a Sledgehammer Plate by Inductions Solutions and was base line tuned by Steve Johnson.

NO OVERNIGHT... OLDSMOPAR The 437 is a small block Chevy based on a GM Oldsmobile Rocket block with 12-degree Pro Action heads, a Mopar 420 intake, custom dished and coated Diamond pistons, Oliver steel rods, Howard’s crank by Callies, and is balanced by Competition Automotive Machine.

101mph at Beech Bend Raceway.” Call it beginner’s luck, or being a natural, the young Watson’s first time out on a real track landed him a win in the quarter-mile trophy class and the rest, as they say, was history.

“The first Saturday night testn-tune that I was going to with the car was rained out, so I went back the next day and entered the quarter mile trophy class. I kept going rounds and ended up winning. From that point on I was

definitely hooked. An older gentleman walked up to me and said, “You probably think this stuff is easy,” and I laughed to myself as he walked away. I still have all those time slips from that day, and I don’t think I technically won a

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The Nova is equipped with an AEM AQ 1 data logger with the new X series high speed O2 sensors.

RIDIN’ RIGHT The Chevy has TRZ upper and lower control arms and steering arms up front, with a Pinto rack and pinion, Moroso Trick springs, and Menscer shocks.


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single round. The other guys either red lit, slept at the tree, or broke out on each run. But you take a win however you can get it,” Craig laughed. Watson spent years as a test-n-tuner, but the heads-up bug finally bit from frequenting the NMCA/PRO races at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He found the perfect compliment to his Nova when the heads-up Outlaw 8.5 class came about and he began racing in it at Ohio Valley Dragway in 2003. “I quickly

saw that a naturally-aspirated small block couldn’t compete with nitrous breathing engines. I bought a used NOS Sniper kit, and a new nitrous junkie was born.” After a converter and gear change, the car dropped from high sixes in the eighth-mile to the six-teens, “But that certainly wasn’t enough,” explained Watson, “so the short block was sold off and the Brodix 18-degree top end was bolted on a fresh 434. That same basic combo ended up going 5.43 at 128

CAGED BEAST The 12-point chrome moly cage and funny car cage addition was done by Bivins Race Cars!

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FEATURE CAR PARADE DAY CRUISER Determined to prove a fast car could be street worthy, Watson drove the car through the Christmas parade one year in Columbia!

Kenny Smith (left) and Craig Watson (right)

The Nova rides on Calvert Caltracs and split mono-leaf springs

mph on Hoosier 8.5s and winning the 2008 Outlaw 8.5 Championship at I-40 Dragway. That was the only place running the 8.5 class in 2008, so I got a nice jacket saying ‘World Champion’. A little misleading maybe, but technically true I suppose!” Not all of Craig’s adventures with the Nova have been focalized on racing and it doesn’t get much better than him entering the ’73 in the local Christmas parade! “I was determined to prove that a fast car could handle the slow parade pace and give a thrill to the kids. Well, during the drive, the carburetor sucked up junk from the stock tank, started flooding over, and I ended up coasting through half of the parade

route. Thank goodness there’s a big hill in Columbia! A co-worker held his hands up to his ears and mocked the fact that the car was dead silent! By the end of the route, the battery was dead and I had to be pushed out of the way. Not the most fun night at the time, but funny looking back on it now.” Watson continued, “by the end of 2010, the 434 engine was tired and I was ready for more power. That’s when the current 12-degree 437 was started. By mid-2011, it was ready to test and by the end of that year it had gone 5.30 with a lot left in the tank. But a quick trip into the wall at US-60 Raceway had me rebuilding the car for all of 2013.”

Rolling out in 2014, The Death Nova was back, better than ever, and ready to rumble in the new Outlaw Street Car Association Nostalgia Street Class, and a 4th place finish in points in the extremely competitive class was a solid return to racing. 2015 had its up and downs, with lots of new things tried and lessons learned. By the end of the year, Watson had the car running near the top of the Nostalgia Street class, so the forecast for the duo in 2016 looks to be full of promise. Craig has faith that upgrades over this past winter should put him and The Death Nova right in the thick of things!

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>> Sick Seconds 2.0’s new 4,000-plus horsepower allbillet mill nears completion



o here we are, another month or so has passed by and the engine is ever-closer to making it onto the dyno,” tells street car mad scientist Tom Bailey of his 4,000-plus horsepower billet bullet which will eventually take up full time residence between the fram-

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erails of the already-famous Sick Seconds 2.0 Camaro. “We made a change to the injectors so we are waiting on them to come in,” he continued. Bailey will be using screw-in injectors so that at the higher boost levels that Sick 2 will see, there will be no worries about pushing the injectors out.


1: Work continues on Tom Bailey’s billet masterpiece, even while strapped to Steve Morris’ dyno!


2 & 3: With the top of the intake removed you can see the fabricated rams horn shown before and after the divider being installed to help smooth out air fl w into the intake.

3 4: The intake manifold’s 16 upper injector orifi es have been tapped and are awaiting the new screw-in injectors. “This engine would be fine without them, but we are also setting up a 481x that needs them, so rather than get two sets of different injectors, we are getting one set and some spares so that we can use them in either engine. As you can tell from the photos, the street injectors on the under side of the intake are a standard push-in style.”

Bailey also had oxygen sensor bungs put on each of the header tubes so that they will be able to fine tune the air/fuel ratio per cylinder instead of as a group. “We have already done this to the mule motor and have been able to dial it in for improved power,” said Bailey. “The crazy thing is that we used to do the fine tuning by EGT’s (exhaust gas




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BEYOND SICK 5 & 6: Twin Wilson throttle bodies will direct the airflow into the intake.


6 temps) and after fine tuning with the O2’s the EGT’s are all over the place, yet we have the right air/fuel in every cylinder.” “Skinny Kid did a masterful job on the headers and they are in place with a set of modified Garret 94mm turbos—thank you to Marty at Turbosmart


7: The injector rails for the third set (yeah, you read that right...) of injectors are mounted under the intake. These will be for street use only.

for making that happen! It also has the Peterson pump ready to be mounted in place and the Aeromotive fuel pump on the way.” The design will see the fuel pump driven off of the front of the oil pump, so that when running on the street it is as simple as removing a key to turn off

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the mechanical pump, which means no belt to remove! The Sick 2.0 mill will also be running Turbosmart wastegates and their Big Bubba blow off valves. Controlling the air to the engine is a pair of Wilson Manifolds throttle bodies and keeping the crank settled

down is an Innovators West damper, while a Holley computer will be controlling all the electronics. “The plan is that next month you will be able to see some dyno results for this beast! We will then get it into the car and out on the track.” As for the Sick 2.0

Camaro itself, Bailey and his team have been working on getting all the bugs worked out with the mule motor in it. “Things have been progressing well with the new Camaro,” told Bailey. “We actually put some radials on it and went down to Memphis. We qualified, and with a few more


passes we will have her running with the pack, so the goal is to be in Georgia with radials on it come October. We also went to Rockingham for the PDRA race and qualified for that event as well, even with a pedal pass! Things are very close and we have a busy schedule ahead of us, but you can

10 10: As of the first week of May the worlds wildest street motor sits quietly on the dyno waiting for some final pieces to the puzzle so it can be fired up for the very first time.

8: O2 bungs have been installed in every header pipe for fine tuning the program, also note the EGT bungs installed, as well.



9: The Peterson oil pump awaits installation. The Aeromotive fuel pump will attach to the left side of this pump so they will both run off the same belt.

expect us to have her flyin’ high by the time we drop this billet bad boy in and can turn up the wick even more!” “So to all these race car guys, you better look out, because a true street car

will be driving to the track to whoop their ass… and then driving home!” Join us next issue for the dyno numbers and a wrap-up on the world’s wildest engine build!

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nos·tal·gia näˈstaljə,nəˈstaljə/

noun A sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. – Miriam-Webster Dictionary


he word nostalgia can make us think of many different things, but for horsepower and drag racing enthusiasts, most reflect back to the 1960s, before many of us reading this were even born. Some consider it the golden age of drag racing where many stars first cut their teeth in fast cars. Some fift y years ago, the world as whole was a simpler, seemingly less complicated place to be. Since then, so many things

have changed, not the least of which are the technological advancements that now impact everything we do in life. In 1966, ˜ e Sounds Of Silence was the top song of the year, the Orioles won the World Series, Green Bay picked up the first win in Super Bowl history, the Daytona 500 was won by Richard Petty, gas was $.32 a gallon, and Raquel Welch was the hottest woman in Hollywood. The number-one selling car was the Chevrolet Impala and 1966

BLAST FROM THE PAST A pair of nostalgia nitro funny cars blast through the traps with their chutes out. These cars are what funny cars should look like. Five-second quarter-mile runs from these cars put on one hell of a show!





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RPM EXCLUSIVE was also the year of what is arguably one of the biggest events in drag race history that took place at Bakersfield: the last time the March Meet held a 64-car Top Fuel field and Mike Sorokin and “The Surfers” (Bob Skinner, Tom Jobe and Mike Sorokin) would take home the money. As so many other things have faded away, the March Meet continues on at the Bakersfield, California track. When the first flip-top funny car came out of the Don Nicholson camp and Ford Motor Company commissioned Logghe Stamping Company to build four Mercury Comets, drag racing would change forever. Following Nicholson were Ed Schartman, Jack Chrisman, and Kenz & Leslie who all drove the flip top ’66 Com-


‘‘STRAIGHT’’ OUTTA HISTORY This super retro-built ’56 Chevy is powered by a built straight-six. The H/Gas tri-five has all the right touches: no front bumper, tow tabs, front mount tank, white rear wheels and a name on the fender, something that has all but passed us by these days.

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ets. Paula Murphy moved into the history books by becoming the first female funny car driver when she got behind the wheel of the Miss STP blown ’66 392 Chrysler-powered Mustang. John Mulligan in the Beebe Brothers dragster would set the Top Fuel mark in 1966 with a 6.95 at 221. Sadly, John was killed just three years later after succumbing to the injuries he sustained when his dragster crashed at speed during the 1969 US Nationals. And we can’t forget Houston Platt driving his Dixie Twister ’66 Chevy II, becoming the first Chevy-powered match racer into the 8-second zone. Running 8.88 at 161mph, it was mighty


impressive for an unblown 466 ci Rat motor. Match racing was the biggest draw and the crowds that were coming to the drag strip on a weekly basis put the so-called “big” events of today to shame. Names like Ohio George Montgomery, Dick Landy, Bill Lawton, Ramchargers, Gas Ronda, Ronnie Sox , Maynard Rupp, and Malcolm Durham were some of the biggest stars in their day and they didn’t rely on “reality TV” to become household names. If you’re building or have built anything high performance, wouldn’t it be great to take advantage of 1966 pricing? M&H 10.5-inch slicks would

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WILLY COOL Big John Mazmanian and his Armenian Army, as the crew was called, rained terror to all the gassers of the ’60s. If not for nephew Rich Siroonian sneaking off in John’s new Corvette back in the early ’60s, Big John may not have gotten involved. We can somewhat live a small part of the glory days through rebuilt cars such as this Willys.


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cost you $60 each. Headers with 3-inch collectors would set you back all of $80, and a cool set of four Mickey Thompson wheels tipped the scale at an astronomical $150—yeah we said a set of four! And if you wanted to cam up your motor with the world’s most powerful

hydraulic camshaft of the day with a mountainous .505 lift, you gave Ed Iskenderian a call and ordered one up—but you’d better blow the mothballs off the wallet ’cause it would set you back a whole $95! Moving ahead to today, things certainly have changed. A pair of 28x10.5 slicks cost just over $400. A decent set of headers (not custom built) run you around $500, and wheels… don’t even get me started. It’s nothing to spend $3,000 on a pair of double beadlocks these days. Sometimes you have to ask yourself: are we making tentimes as much money as we did back then? Well the good news is that we do have more technology, faster and safer cars, the internet to help us compare notes and shop for deals, and if you want to live somewhat in the glory days of drag racing, guess what? Nostalgia is the new cool! There is a lot, and I mean a lot of nostalgia racing growing across

the US and beyond. Some do it because they were actually around in the 1960s and ’70s, and we have to give them a huge RPM thank you for keepin’ on with what they do. Yet others, both young and old, have taken to nostalgia drag racing just because they love the look and feel of what is old over what’s new. Groups like Goodguys started out on the west coast and have spread like wildfire, and a load of younger people are getting into the scene. Here’s the really cool thing about it: you don’t have to go out and spend every dime just to impress people who forget about you once the next “star” comes along on the web or TV. To the harder core drag race fan, the real past matters and will never fade away, so it’s pretty cool to see a younger generation taking an interest in the older iron and the way of life of the golden age of drag racing. We wouldn’t be racing today if not for what went on in the



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RUNNING OF THE IMPALAS The Chevy Impala was a favorite among drag racers. Cars like this 1962 409 draw people to stands and fence to watch its exciting hard launchin’, gear jammin’ runs.

1950s through ’70s. Many contend that the ’60s alone saw more significant changes in the sport than we have had in the last 20 years. For me though, it’s the love of an era that shaped things to come, and an interest in the things that went on to kick-start the competitive nature of the drivers and teams. Ever heard about the Cam Grinders Wars? Ads were being run in the weekly and monthly magazines that made light of the competition between cam builders such as Jack Engle, Ed Iskenderian, Howard Johansen and Weber Tool Company. That just doesn’t happen today. I loved hearing the stories from those days

from my grandfather and his buddies at his shop and I knew I was hooked when I found an issue of Super Stock in the shop when I was 14. Right there and then I knew I had to learn more about drag racing and I happened to run across a story about A/FX Mopars in a Mopar magazine that featured a local racer on the cover. The story had photos from a man named Skip Norman and at the end of the story it said that more info and photos could be found at his shop in Ashland, Virginia. Well, after taking the 45-minute ride south with my grandfather, I started collecting 8x10 photos from the ’60s and ’70s. Skip also made VHS tapes of races

that just blew my mind, and ever since that moment in June 1991 I can say that I have loved nostalgia drag racing! I now have a collection of hundreds of pictures, time cards (before time slips), posters, flyers, and hours and hours of videos. I have every single issue of Super Stock, Drag Strip, Drag Racing, Street & Strip, All American Drag, and so many others that I have lost count. While the love of all things nostalgia in drag racing is cool again, it originally started in the mid’80s. From what many say, Fremont Dragstrip, better known as Baylands Raceway, was the track that gave the nostalgia craze its

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FORD IN A CHEVY? Gordie Ford and his Marylander ’37 Chevy have been around from the good ole days and still show up at nostalgia events to race the D/Altered Chevy.


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start. After closing in 1988 the love for the old cars and meeting the hero’s from the 60s started moving across the country, all the way to the east coast. The March Meet at Bakersfield though, is still one of the biggest independent drag races in the world. Every year more cars and more people go through the gates to make this the biggest race on the west coast. The Smokers Car Club started the March Meet in 1959, which was originally known as the “US Fuel & Gas Championships.” The March Meet has had made champions and in 1966 “The Surfers”

conquered Top Fuel through a massive field of Top Fuel dragster competitors. Winning driver Mike Sorokin smoked the tires the entire pass (which was normal for the day) and ran bottom sevens. Back then you worked with what you had and made it work. Sorokin’s son Adam actually followed in his father’s footsteps and won Top Fuel in 2010 and also holds the title of having the world’s quickest and fastest small block with a 5.67 at 247mph. And, just for kicks on that pass, he ran 3.77 at 211 to the 660 mark. John Force won Funny Car at

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RPM EXCLUSIVES SLINGSHOT TO THE PAST What is cooler than a blown front engine dragster? Nothing much comes to mind today with the sea of lookalike cars that run most events.

HANG ON! Wheels up and the injector is closed! It takes a bit of guts and nuts in the head to wheel these cars. This car runs in the 4s to the 1/8th and looks to be a handful through the whole pass.

the March Meet three times, in 1984, 1986 and 1987. In 1982 was a drag racing first, two women squared off in the Top Fuel final. Lucille Lee and Shirley Muldowney with Lee taking the win. Living on the east coast, we have started to see more and more nostalgia races coming into their own, and personally, I am all for it. Today, in the mid-Atlantic area we have guys like Gary Gore whose family has been around drag racing since the 1950s in Virginia and have now started up a series of races held at a number of small tracks that were around back then. Gary and his crew have worked hard


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to get more people and cars involved with every race. Another group putting on a great show in the East are the 422 All Stars. Based out of Pennsylvania, they have likened this new nostalgia movement to the factory super stock wars of days gone by. Big blocks, small blocks, stick shifts, automatics, Fords, Chevys, Dodges, and Pontiacs do battle on the quarter-mile. With 53 different cars signed up to run the points in 2015, this group looks to add even more this season. Run on a .400 full tree and a bracket format, the big-body cars leave wheelsup from low 12-seconds all the way down to Frank Pellegrini’s Dearborn Thunder ’65 Falcon that has run 8.26 at 161 mph. And if you’re into gassers check out the Southeast Gascontinued on page 88

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e’d be lying if we didn’t admit that the love of fast cars is a male dominated thing, and often misunderstood by our better halves. Finding a female who doesn’t think we’re nuts for ogling over the sheetmetal of a well-restored muscle car, breaking out into a cold sweat every time we have an opportunity to head to the dragstrip, or missing damn near anything

SOUL MATES AT THE HIT Sandra gets a good hold of the starting line at TMP on her way to a mid 7-second quarter mile hit!

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GRAPHIC IMPACT Chuck and Sandra called on Clearshot Customs to polish and maintain the Vette’s paint. In addition to the sleek graphics along the car’s flanks and scoop, more subtle touches like airbrushed emblems and ghost flames on the hood really set the Chevy apart.

for the chance to wrench on a serious engine is slim to none—let alone meeting a girl who wants to actually drive one. Enter Chuck Beal and his wife Sandra Carter-Beal: Chuck being the owner and Sandra being the pilot of a sweet, low-seven second naturally-aspirated carbon bodied ’63 Vette. Yep, you heard us right— Sandra drives it! The duo, hailing from Port Dover, Ontario, Canada seem to make the perfect

team, but there’s no silver spoon in this story. In fact, this low-slung, heavy hittin’ Top Sportsman drag car is the product of a lot of knuckle busting late nights and a learning curve that spans more than a few years. “We didn’t just start here,” Chuck explained firmly. “A lot of people look at owners of a car at this level and make a lot of assumptions. We’ve come from 11-seconds, to 8s, to this and did


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TOTAL DOMINATION 2,700 cfm of Holley Dominator sits atop the 706 Rat. to. Wiring schematics, welding, fabrication, you name it.” A perfectionist, Beal keeps everything he lends his hands to in top-shelf working order and Sandra says he’s just as meticulous when it comes to their race cars. “He goes over the engine after every pass. We have developed a system we adhere to always and it has worked very well for us. When we return to the pits from a run, before anything else happens, he goes over the car with a


fine toothed comb and then sets it up for the next pass. He is in tune with trouble shooting and proactive in everything, and loves finding ways to make power- even our golf cart was modified by Chuck. Everything has HIS personalized touch,” she added.


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spark plugs, batteries, tires and oil—you know, the things you always associate with a teenage girl. Being around cars became pretty comfortable for Sandra, but she’s admittedly a little rusty with a wrench since meeting Chuck who spoils her with his mechanical talent. “I began babysitting for Benny and Brenda Grevers at a young age and eventually was invited to a track day with them.” Grevers, a well-known drag racer, could be found at the dragstrip

most any weekend and was unknowingly creating his biggest fan and soon-to-be drag racer. “From the very second we neared the track I knew this was where I wanted to be,” said Sandra with a smile. “Benny let me hang around the pits bugging to help and asking a lot of questions. He gave me some small tasks (that I think no one else wanted to do), like hooking up the fan to cool the motor, jumping in the driver seat to follow firing

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Owner: Chuck Beal Driver: Sandra Carter-Beal Chassis Type & Mods: Complete S&W Race Cars chassis certified for 6.00 elapsed times in the quarter mile. Suspension & Brakes: FRONT: S&W suspension with Strange struts. REEAR: S&W 4-link and Koni coilover. Strange dual caliper per wheel brake system. Body & Paint: Carbon fiber body. Paint polishing and maintenance work by Clearshot Customs. Engine: Jan-Cen Racing Engines built and tuned 706 ci big block Chevy. Keith Black block with Brodix EPD 650 heads. Induction: Sheet metal EPD intake with twin Holley Dominator 1350 carbs. Electronics & Ignition: MSD Digital 7 ignition, Speedwire wiring. Transmission & Converter: Two-speed Powerglide. Converter built by Carl at Competition Transmissions. Rear Di˜ erential: Fab 9 from Mark Williams. Performance: 7.40 at 189 mph. Thanks: Bruce Todd who has been a reliable crew member and friend over the last five years. The first to help us get setup, tear down, and everything in between. He has been a huge support and willing to go that extra mile for the team without question. He has learned a lot from Chuck including the mechanics of race cars– he has come a long way. Aaron Brooks was new to us in the latter part of last season helping with PR and doing a great job with it. Special thanks to Mike Yedgarian & Sharon Somerville for constant support and help with the car. Thanks to Metro Truck Group, Hips Cycle, Kreative Khaos, Matco Tools (James Bottling), Jan-Cen Racing Engines, Ontario Street Car Association, Toronto Motorsports Park, VP Race Fuels, Eddie Timal, Nick, Chris, Rick and Christine, John & Carol, Randy and Nicole, Les, Benny, Fred, Joe & Valerie, Yvonne Jim and Kim. Thanks to all the photographers and track staff everywhere who work SO HARD to capture memories and provide the safest environment possible.

instructions, checking tire pressure, the battery hook up, even riding around on the passenger floor while he was warming up the car. I always recall him stepping on the gas to throw me back, which he thought was hilarious! I’d help get to the staging lanes and eventually started to drive the car to the lanes myself and Ben would get me to watch his pass and report back on how it looked.” After graduating high school, Sandra went on to

college and graduated from Medical Administration which is the field in which she works today. “When I returned from college, I met Chuck through my sister Donna and we became inseparable. We have always been active in anything with power: motorcycling, snowmobiling, and quading. Although I haven’t been able to get him into downhill skiing with me,” she laughed. Soon, Chuck would meet Sandra’s

horsepower mentor Ben and also started to hit the dragstrip. “The next thing I knew there was an old car in our driveway and we made plans to take it to the track,” Sandra continued. “Since then Chuck has done all his own research and majority of repairs and builds.” Beal went a bit further than most with his interest in drag racing and tested to be an IHRA Tech Inspector, following which he promptly assumed the role

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SOUL MATES of head Tech Inspector at Toronto Motorsports Park for four years. The air went through more than a few rides to get to where they are today, including a steel bodied 70 ½ Camaro that they completely rebuilt into a mid 8-second monster, and even a stint on two wheels with Sandra riding a downright sinister looking 2006 V Rod Destroyer! But the ’63 is Chuck’s dream car. The ar was found in Connecticut on a popular race parts classified website in fall of 2014. The arbon fiber bodied Vette is based on an S&W chassis and had won two IHRA National events before the seller decided to retire from racing. “We made three trips there,” said Carter-Beal. “The rst was to look the car over, the second to make the down payment and the third to bring it home with


us. Chuck and I made these trips down together and I will never forget how beautiful the drive was and how everyone was so friendly and hospitable.”


The orvette had been kept in an under-house garage, and while it was all there and in decent shape, it was in need of some TLC. “I sat in the car to get a feel for it in the modestly lit basement garage, while Chuck looked it over, then looked it over again,” tells Sandra. “It was a diamond in the rough and it wasn’t long before both of us knew that this car was about to become our dream.” Once home it found a spot in their two-car garage and Chuck went right to

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THE VIEW FROM WITHIN Like we said, Chuck and Sandra are regular folks who happen to love fast cars, so while the interior may look sparse on the high-end gadgetry seen in some of today’s fast doorslammers, make no mistake, everything in here has a purpose. And as Sandra says, the car has become deadly consistent. The Corvette came apart as soon as Chuck got it home and one of the biggest items on the list was getting the interior set up for Sandra to drive it.

work. He actually spoke several times at length with Scott Weney of S&W Race Cars about this car (which was pictured in the S&W catalogue) before Scott’s passing in November 2014. “Scott was excited to talk about the car expressing that this was one of their best builds,” said Chuck. “What a pleasure to talk with him. Scott willing-

ly spent time and answered any and all of my questions without hesitation. I feel so fortunate to have been able to make this connection and will never forget his kindness.” Beal immediately completely stripped the car down to the frame. The hassis itself was still in fl wless condition and maintained a 6.00 ET certifica-

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SOUL MATES tion. Work included a complete re-wire with Speedwire gear and re-plumbing the fuel system from front to back. The ront wheels were changed to Weld V Stars with new tires and set of Strange dual caliper brakes on all four corners. The ette was also treated to fresh Lexan by Chuck and a host of other items including getting Sandra fit properly into her new ride.


The 06-inch Keith Black-based big block Chevy was removed, disassembled and sent to Mike Janis of Jan-Cen Racing in New York for a complete overhaul including a new crankshaft, main and rod bearings and some cylinder head work with new valves, springs, and retainers. The ig block sports a set of Brodix EPD 650 heads and sheet metal intake with twin 1350 cfm carbs. As for power adder, forget about it! This Vette gets it done naturally!


The owerglide transmission was freshened and once everything was set back between the rails of the Corvette it was springtime in southern Canada and time to hit the track for some testing. After the first few runs though, the weak link was found and following two transmission failures, a new Meziere billet Pro Mod fl xplate and torque converter by Competition Transmission in New York were ordered up and the transmission was repaired by Mike Yedgarian of Beverly Hills Auto of North York Ontario. “Our very first 7.40 pass at 188.9 mph at our home track in 2015 was the first amazing experience with the Corvette!” exclaimed Sandra. “A very close second would be our first time racing Summit in Norwalk,

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GOOD START MADE EVEN BETTER The S&W chassis is in like-new condition. Up front Chuck added Strange struts and dual caliper brakes, while a pair of Weld V-stars roll on Hoosier ET Front tires. The car was completely rewired using Speedwire parts, and an MSD Digital 7 ignition box was also installed.

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SOUL MATES Ohio. We weren’t even close to qualifying in the record-breaking 65-car count for Top Sportsman, but that’s ok, we made it to Norwalk, had the best pit neighbors, and lived the dream—to be among some of the world’s top Top Sportsman competitors was worth everything! I did my first ever 330-foot burnout with tires burning straight down Broadway! I felt like I was on top of the moon and Chuck, he saw dollar signs while I had my moment burning the hides but was worried that I wouldn’t get it backed up fast enough or straight enough after the burnout—but I did it like a pro for my hubby! The entire experience at Norwalk was tops in the memory books! Third has to be taking class win and receiving the Jimmy Shine/Billy Gibbons award at the 2016


Motorama show. In just over a year, this car has put our spirits at heights we never thought possible.” “We are so happy, grateful and respectful for all we have been afforded, the people we have met along this journey and the happiness the experience has brought us, even if it has been years of buying and selling to get where we wanted to be. My husband is my crew chief, my soul mate—yes I believe they exist because I have one— my best friend, and he sets the bar, never cutting corners, researching to learn, and simply NEVER giving up. We have put on more miles during excursions to look at motorhomes, cars, parts, or trailers than I can count and I would not change a single minute of the experiences we have had.”

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“Special Ronda Certa photo thanks to our parents for making us into who we are today,” Sandra added. “And to the fans of drag racing who have allowed themselves to feel at home with us in our pits on race day and supported us every step of the way, we truly GOOD TIMES AT SMP appreciate you all. Thanks to our sponsors Clearshot (L to R): Bruce Todd, Sandra, and Chuck soak up every Customs, Hips Cycle, bit of fun at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk last VP Racing Fuels, Metro summer. They didn’t qualify in the record 65-car field, Truck Group and Kreative but still had the time of their lives, enough that it ranks Khaos.” And Sandra sends #2 on the “Life With The New Corvette Fun Meter.” the biggest shout out to someone special, her husband Chuck. “We simply wouldn’t be where we are without him and his hard work and tireless efforts. He has given me a life that has been nothing short of amazing.”


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SEXY CURVES Look closely. You’ll see that nearly every piece of the chromoly chassis has some sort of curve, bend, or radius. It is by design, giving the powder coated skeleton a fluid, organic feel that is unmistakably pleasing to the eye. Add in the off-the-charts cool factor of the exotic cantilevered air bag suspension, the hugeby-enourmous rear tires and wheels, and the custom built fuel cell and it is no wonder Cavaretta decided to build the bed with no floor in order to show it all off! Cavaretta and Bushman actually utilized portions of the tube chassis to create the equivalent of two 5-gallon cylinders within the frame. With a chassis this cool, things like an engine or a body are mere afterthoughts. However, that doesn’t mean either is any less noteworthy. The 588 ci Rat motor started as a tall deck Chevy big block that was stuffed with a full Crower rotating assembly, including a stroker crank, billet rods, and 8.5:1 blower slugs. A solid roller blower cam was chosen, and Brodix aluminum heads were

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CONRAD IN THE MAKING Notice something? No 40-foot trailer, no Pro Jacks and pulling the car up on the open trailer to wrench on it with the injection off. The Bounty Hunter 1969 Mach 1 of Connie Kalitta was one of the most feared funny cars of its day. Today, Connie can be found with his four fuel drivers racing NHRA. Son Doug Kalitta and JR Todd wheel the fuel dragsters while Alexis DeJoria and Del Worsham pilot the funny cars.

ser Association for some of the best in gasser racing today. Pro mod racing standout and longtime racer Quain Stott put this group of hardcore gasser fans together and built himself a ’42 Willys much like his childhood hero

Gene Cromer raced in the ’60s and ’70s. From straight axle Mustangs to wicked hard-hitting ’37 Chevys, this series really has something for everybody. Another gasser series is the Nostalgia AA/ Gassers which features

blown heads-up racing with an eight-car field. These cars are fast—considerably faster than what gassers had ever been before. Another pro mod racer, JR Ward, driving the JunkYard Dog owned by the famous Jim

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RPM EXCLUSIVE ONE ON ONE There’s nothing that compares to watching a pair of AA/FC nostalgia funny cars go at it.

IN THE NINES This is the original Fermier Borthers1962 406 car that now pounds down 9.95 ETs in the quarter-mile. 422 Motorsports has expanded their program and many may remember them running with the now-defunct NSCA (National Street Car Association).


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CLASSIC MAVERICK Judging by the 429 decal, the tunnel ram with dual carbs, and engine setback, “Jumping Joe” had power to weight all figured out!

CRAGAR S/S ON THE OPEN TRAILER Pro Stock’s Wally Booth and the Rat Pack Camaro pulling into York for a pro stock meet. How cool is it to see a badass pro stocker being pulled around on an open trailer?

IT TAKES ALL TYPES The rail versus the coupe in good oldfashioned “no prep” drag racing.

Oddy (previously featured in RPM) has been 4.75 in the eighth-mile in the steel-bodied 1934 Willys sedan and won their 2015 Championship. But you don’t have to run in the 4s to enjoy this type of racing. It’s all about having fun and hanging out

with family and friends. One has to ask, will today’s racing ever make an impact like the racing of the ’60s? Winners, heroes, who’s on top, who’s not— everything changes so much from day to day now, and everything is done for

instant gratuity, especially online. It is as if the originality has gone out and so many just play follow the leader. The diversity of cars is just not there at most events these days, but if you were to add in bodystyles from the 1940s-70s you would have

a whole different story. We can’t go back in time, but with the newfound popularity of nostalgia racing you can get the feel of what it was like. Nitro can still be found at some events with the very popular nostalgia nitro

funny cars. Drivers like Jason Rupert who has been 5.60s at 258 mph in the quarter are gaining widespread recognition. Leah Pritchett proved she is not only just another pretty face when she became the first person over 250 mph in a nostalgia funny

car in 2009. And how about NHRA racer Tony Bartone running 5.53 in a front engine nitro dragster? Or Jim Young who took the MPH record up to 266.11? Both of those records came from the March Meet. The March Meet this year had

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IT’S A GAS well over 400 cars and thousands of fans, and events such as the Northeast Nostalgia Classic at New England Dragway, The Gasser Reunion at Thompson Raceway Park, The York Reunion in York, Pennsylvania, and over 40 other races in the US alone dedicated to the glory days of fast cars are gaining momentum with each event. There seems to


Pro Mod standout Quain Stott has been bitten bad by the nostalgia bug! His Willys gasser named Grand Illusion screams 1960’s from front to back. The 331 cube small block dips into the 5s!

be a very bright future ahead for the fans of good ole fashioned drag racing. If you’re like me and can’t get enough of seeing the old school cars go at it one on one, then check out the Jackson Brothers for some of the best ’60s,

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THE NEW COOL TAKES SOME MUSCLE TO LIFT THESE WHEELS The Hoff & eyser Camaro takes on the big bad “Galloping Grapes.” Remember those old heavy chrome Keystone wheels?

AN OUTLAW IS BETTER THAN AN INLAW James Shelton’s “The Outlaw” Camaro was a 1970 AHRA and NHRA record holder






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THE NEW COOL ’70s and ’80s racing from the west coast on DVD. Fuel altereds, dragsters, funny cars, and gassers from all over Cali and the west coast. If you’re an east coast fan, then look no further than Jim Amos at Bee On Video. Jim does a great job with narrating and knows the history of the area’s crews and drivers. Without our history there can be no future. We


have to preserve it while we can as we will never see the likes of Jungle Jim, Dick Landy, Pete Robinson, Mickey Thompson, Bill Jenkins, Ronnie Sox, Dave Strickler, and Fred Goeske again. So make a change from the fast-paced world of today. Put down that smart phone, log off of facebook, get your butt out there, and live it! Pick up the old

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WINDY CITY WARRIOR One of the baddest cars to ever hit the strip, the Chi-Town Hustler and the men behind it changed drag racing forever when they are said to have invented the first “real” burnouts in drag racing. Wheeled by Chicago police officer Pat Minick with John Farkonas and Austin Coil teamed up as car owners, they went on to win an IHRA championship in 1974 with Ron Colson driving and again in 1979 with Pete Williams. With Frank Hawley at the controls, the Hustler also captured the NHRA funny car crown in 1982 and 1983.

WATCH OUT FOR THE KID Billy Stepp aka Billy The Kid and his “Wanted Dead or Alive” Mopars from Dayton Ohio made lots of pro stock teams have bad dreams. Billy was a real true-to-life gangster and the whole world knew it—and Billy didn’t care! The drag racing world lost Stepp in 2008 at the age of 73.


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RPM EXCLUSIVE ISN’T THAT ODDY Blown engine builder and legend Jim Oddy’s Austin first came into the gasser wars in 1965. Jim built a 480-inch Chrysler engine topped with a 6/71 blower. The beautiful little BB/Gas is seen here at York for the Nationals in 1970. Now, the same car that put Oddy on the map has been restored by another New Yorker, John Cassiol.

DAY AT THE BEACH Colonial Beach Dragway in Colonial Beach, Virginia has not really changed much at all since this shot taken in 1971. Here, a Modified Production Vette faces off with a Ford Gasser.

magazines, buy some old race footage that has been converted to DVD, and get out to the races where the real stars of drag racing that are still with us will make the odd appearance. You won’t regret it! These folks won’t be


around forever and when they are gone all we have are memories, and for me, I’d like to be able to look back and say that I had the good fortune to meet some of the best there was. Now that is my meaning of nostalgia!

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WELL, I’LL BE DIPPED >>We hit some parts with Cerakote ceramic coating and Big Brain Hydrographics for a durable and highly unique fin sh


e are always on the lookout for cool new technology that can make our rides (and yours) perform and look better. We stumbled across the process of hydrodipping about three years ago, and we’ve been looking for a reason and a few parts so we could test it out. After a bit of research, we found Big Brain Hydrographics and Guns Up Hydrographics and decided to give it a shot. The hydrographics, “water transfer printing,” or “hydrodipping, process is a relatively recent development in the custom and high performance automotive industry, but it has been utilized in major manufacturing since the 1980s.

More recently, a number of suppliers and professional applicators have emerged, making the technique more accessible than ever. In addition to auto parts, many shops also dip and customize firearms and components as well as insulated tumbler cups. Many of the patterns available reflect those markets, with a plethora of faux carbon fiber, camofl uge, and other patterns. However, we were looking for a subtle, high tech treatment that would reflect a honeycomb hex pattern to be used throughout our build. That search brought us to Big Brain Hydrographics. Based in Bossier City, Louisiana, Big Brain has been in the water transfer business for


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1 1: Spoiler alert! So we 2: While hydrodipping provides a cool look, hate to show you the we wanted a finish that as durable, too. finished esult first, Even though powder coating will be used but this cool hexagon on a number of parts, it is almost impossible pattern is fresh out of the to beat the heat resistance and toughness dip tank. After it dried, it of ceramic coating. Another bonus is that was sealed with a coat of unlike powder, ceramic lays down in an ultra matte clear Cerakote to thin coat, making it perfect for pieces like secure the print. our Supercharger Store gear drive.

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4 3: Henson preps every part for coating using shot peen media blasting in his blast cabinet.


4: Once the part was blasted, it was blown clean and wiped down with Acetone before being masked off on the backside. Henson then filled his airbrush with Cerakote Tungsten air dry. The coating comes pre-mixed and sprays just like ordinary paint.

several years, both supplying films and finishing parts and pieces themselves. The husband and wife team of Sean and Dinetta DeVille are as knowledgable about their products as anyone you will ever meet, and incredibly helpful in all things hydrodip. The fact that they are both as funny as they are friendly

is a helpful bonus, too. Big Brain offers a full line of hydrodip films, supplies, and even training. We selected a few other films in addition to their small honeycomb pattern and searched for a local applicator to show us the ropes. That search led us to Lubbock, Texas-based Bryan Henson of Guns Up

Hydrographics. Aft r contacting Henson and explaining what we had cooking, he was happy to help us with both ceramic coating and hydrodipping. The first step was to prep our Supercharger Store gear drive plate. Although ceramic coating is incredibly durable, just like any finish, the most important step

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6 5: The hydrographic film omes in 1 or 5 meter rolls. Henson unrolled a small piece and taped around the edges with painter’s tape, which helps prevent the edges from curling up when placed in the water. 6 & 7: The prepped film as placed on the surface of the water, then Henson sprayed it with a liquid activator. After just a few seconds, it was ready for the part to be dipped.


is preparation. Henson utilizes shot peen media blasting on most parts and hand finishes any others that require further prep. Once the part was removed from media blasting, it was throughly blown off sing compressed air and wiped down with acetone to remove any other potential contanimants. After thorough prep, our part was masked and ready for coating. Much like hydrodipping, high-tech ceramic coatings have been available for some time

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7 but their popularity has literally exploded over the past five years. The ultra-thin coating (1-2 mil) provides protection against scuffs and wear in addition to thermal protection, as well. We contacted industry leader Cerakote and ordered several colors in addition to matte clear. Unlike most paint, ceramic coating comes pre-mixed and ready to spray. Henson loaded his airbrush with our selected tungsten matte gray color and sprayed the part. Although Guns Up has

a wide array of larger spray guns available, Henson uses an airbrush as his go-to tool of choice when spraying ceramic coating to minimize material losses. Henson placed the gear drive plate in his spray booth and applied a thin coat. The matte gray color applied smoothly and evenly, and within 10 minutes the part had dried sufficently for dipping. Henson cut a 24-inch piece of Big Brain’s small honeycomb pattern and taped the edges of the


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8 8: With the film activated and the part ready to go, Henson slowly and carefully dipped through the surface down into the tank, applying the pattern in the process.

9: After dipping the part through the film, Henson gave it a quick shake beneath the surface to disperse the remaining film on the surface to help prevent it from being accidentally deposited on the finished piece. The part was then placed on a rack to dry before it was again sprayed with ceramic coating, this time a matte clear to seal the dipped pattern.

piece using ordinary painter’s tape. The tape helps keep the edges of the fi lm in place while dipping. The piece was then placed in the dipping tank and after 60 seconds it was sprayed with water transfer activator. After a brief wait following spraying, Henson carefully submerged our part in the water, apply-

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ing the fi lm smoothly and evenly. After a quick shake to prevent the remaining fi lm from contaminating the part on the way back out, Henson pulled it from the water to dry before applying a final coat of matte ceramic clear. The finished product is not only cool looking, but also adds significant

durability and temperature resistance to our supercharger gear drive. While the process was easy, we sincerely appreciated getting to see a pro like Henson give it a go before even considering doing it ourselves. With materials from Cerakote and Big Brain, Henson’s work was outstanding!

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Get (and Stay) Charged Up! >> OPTIMA Chargers Digital 1200 packs tons of high-tech features into one convenient, portable package by

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f you have upgraded your ride to a high performance absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery, then you are probably already aware that your new power source can be mounted in most any direction, is impervious to temperature extremes, and is lighter weight than traditional lead acid batteries. However, what you might not have realized is that your battery requires a little extra special care. And whether you have an AGM or even a traditional lead acid unit,


OPTIMA’s Digital 1200 charger can help charge, maintain, and even save your batteries. We ordered a pair of Yellow Top batteries for Project aPocalypSe Horse, and after running the Ride Tech on-board compressor for much of the weekend on one of them, it was ready for some juice. It was then that we realized our cheap old shop junk based on 1940s technology simply wouldn’t cut it with our new-tech power source. At $199, the OPTIMA Digital 1200 won’t

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be the cheapest option available, but when you consider what it does and the fact that OPTIMA will tack an extra year on their standard 3-year battery warranty if you purchase the Digital 1200 at the same time as your battery, the cost suddenly seems like a bargain. The plastic housing features a locking carry handle, a convenient USB power port, an auxiliary power port for connecting a battery maintainer, and a locking storage door that houses the charging cables. The coolest feature

is the easy push button control panel with a backlit LCD display. The display shows not only charging status but also displays a quick glance 0-100% charged analog-style gauge during charging. We connected the battery we had used all weekend and the unit analyzed it for about 30 seconds before commencing to charge it. Although our Yellow Top only showed 8.5 volts, the Digital 1200 had it back to more than 14 volts in less than 30 minutes. The Digital 1200


1: Straight out of the box, it is pretty obvious that the OPTIMA Digital 1200 isn’t your typical old-school charger with the big louvered metal case and loud buzzing action. The lightweight ABS housing features unique OPTIMA styling and integrated carry handles and storage space for your cables. The addition of a USB power port on the side of the unit is an incredibly handy feature, as it seems like our iPhone is always nearly dead every time we head out to the shop. The backlit LCD display provides all pertinent charging data, and even the grounded power cable has a handy wind up provision with a rubber retainer clip. While our old charger was stowed away in a cabinet, the good looks and the USB port on the Digital 1200 earned it a spot on the benchtop.

2 & 3: All charging cables are housed in a handy storage compartment on the back of the unit. In addition to normal charging clamps, the Digital 1200 also includes two other connection cables.

2 unit can also be used to provide short-burst starting power and will condition and maintain virtually any 12-volt battery. The maintainer function is especially helpful for keeping the battery of a stored vehicle in tip-top condition. This will ensure that when the time comes to fire up your ride, it will be ready to go instead of

the dreaded clicking solenoid sound that comes with a dead battery. After around 10 minutes of use, an automatic on-board cooling fan kicked on to keep the microprocessor and other components inside the case cool. The fan runs quietly but the unit is virtually silent before it switches on.

4: The side of the unit includes a covered panel that houses a USB power port and a connection for a battery maintainer. Our old charger was probably designed before color TV had been invented, so the inclusion of something like a charger port for our phone is a welcome addition. One other feature that may come in handy is the integrated LED flashlight built into the handle of the positive charging cable clamp. In some vehicles with remote mounted batteries, this small light will make hookup that much simpler. The LED is a thoughtful touch cleverly added in by an engineer who has most likely had to hunt



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6 5 & 6: We connected our Yellow Top to the Digital 1200 and let it run its analysis first. We selected the AGM Deep Cycle charging function on the touch panel control pad and the display showed that our unit had been run down to just 8.5 volts. Charging at a steady rate of 12 amps, our battery was returned to almost 14 volts within 30 minutes. around to find a connection a time or two. Whether you’ve upgraded your batteries or simply want to upgrade your charger, it is hard to go wrong with the OPTIMA Ken’s towing Digital 1200.photo It is tough to beat


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the unit’s quiet, efficient operation, portable & lightweight form factor, and cool high-tech good looks. Keep or restore your batteries (and even your cell phone!) to top condition with a Digital 1200.


7: The integrated LED in the end of the positive charging cable clamp is activated by simply pressing the button on the clamp. This feature makes connection in a dark engine bay or trunk a snap.

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1: After getting it raw and in pieces, George Norovich (left) and Tim Braddy (right) turned in a Hurculean effort to not only get our horse’s hood and fenders mounted, but also into an initial coat of primer...all within the span of just 10 days while waiting for us to come get the car!

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e’ve been working on this project car for a very long time. And during that time we’ve learned a thing or two. In particu-

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lar, when progress stalls, it is a sign of trouble. Well, progress on our car’s paint and body had stopped. And when it became clear that our expectations and those of the shop’s owner were

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decidedly different, we knew it was time to make new plans. However, we had a problem. Namely, the car was over 1,000 miles from our shop and we needed it out of the

place it was at pronto. Thankfully, it’s good to have friends. Even more, it’s fantastic to have great friends. And George Norovich, Tim Braddy, Rod Bollini, and Ben Brewer are great friends.

2 4 & 5: Norovich trimmed sheetmetal to fit and tack welded it to the body from the outer edges, leaving the edges toward the chassis-mounted scalloped pieces unwelded. This allows the body to be bolted in at the firewall using button-headed fastners, meaning that the body and cage can be pulled apart if needed without cutting—a feature that will come in handy when it is time to paint the chassis.

2: This is how the car arrived to Norovich’s shop, and the original intention was just for him to store it for safekeeping for a couple of weeks until we could come get it. However, he and longtime friend Tim Braddy had other plans. 3: In our haste to get the car from the chassis shop in Virginia, the shop didn’t have the time to complete some details on the build like the inteface between the removable body and the chassis mounted firewall, leaving a large gap. Norovich addressed this issue first before attacking the hood mounting location next. Norovich is a self-taught fabricator, engine builder, and jack of all trades for pretty much anything with wheels. He already came through in the pinch for us a couple of months ago when our project car was delivered from Virginia to that first paint and body stop in Illinois, taking delivery and fi xing a few small things prior to hauling it an hour up the road to the other shop. However, when we mutally agreed to part ways with the other shop,

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Norovich volunteered to go another two-hour roundtrip to grab the car for us and store it for safekeeping in his West Frankfort, Illinois shop until we could get there two weeks later. In the meantime, the car was in pieces, so Norovich and close friend Tim Braddy decided to pull out all the stops to try to get the front sheetmetal and hood sorted out by the time we could get there. In the span of just 10 days, Norovich, Braddy, and

the Braddy’s Auto Body and Custom Paint crew were able to get the hood hinging properly and the fenders looking fantastic. The first chore was to fabricate suitable mounting points for the Ringbrothers billet hinges and tie them in to the front core support. Norovich whipped up two solid mounting points, then used some small diameter chromoly tubing to both firm up the radiator mount and provide extra support to the fenders.


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6: With the filler panels finish welded in place, Norovich then fabricated a rigid mounting box at the base of each a-pillar. These boxes were then drilled to serve as a mounting point for the Ringbrothers billet airframe hinges.

7, 8, & 9: While Norovich finished up the hood mounting, Braddy (right) and Braddy’s Custom crew member Randy Gray started working on getting the fenders together. Each side consists of two 2005-2009 fenders toward the back to provide the stretch along with part of a 2013-2014 fender up front to accomodate the new style bumper and hood. After slowly and methodically stitching the pieces together to minimize warpage due to heat, Braddy had two fenders complete.


10 While he was at it, Norovich also addressed the firewall, where sheetmetal work had not yet been been fully completed. As Norovich was finishing his task, the car was hauled to Braddy’s Custom a short jaunt across town, where Tim Braddy and his crew tore into the car with incredible effort. With the fenders in six pieces, the stretched Harwood hood a long way from finished, and not a drop of primer on the car, the crew quickly made use of Norovich’s work, mounting the hood and hinges and welding up the fender pieces. After meticulously stitching together parts of three fenders on each side to provide for a 5-inch stretch and a conversion

to a 2013-2014 nose, Braddy then began the tedious process of fi lling and sanding for a seamless look. Even Braddy’s dad Terry Podschweit got in on the action (Terry’s incredible 1967 Mustang was featured in the March 2016 issue of RPM). “I can’t ever get him to sand on my stuff, but he wanted to pitch in on this build,” Braddy laughed. And pitch in, he did, as did the whole Braddy’s crew. Blocking and prepping continued for days on the entire car, with the hood receiving some extra attention. Braddy then sprayed our well-traveled Ford using Axalta’s URO Prime primer. It was the first time the car has been all

10: Even Braddy’s dad, pro street legend Terry Podschweit, got in on the effort, helping the crew hit the body with an initial blocking while Tim finished up work on the fenders and hood and inched the car ever closer to its first coat of primer.


11: Thankfully, George Norovich snapped this pic before Terry could make off with one of our Visner Engine Development billet Boss Nine valve covers!

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RPM PROJECT CAR 12: The Harwood cowl induction hood had only been partially prepped and needed a few coats of filler and heavy sanding to smooth the seams where it had been stretched. With the additional five inches of length, there was barely enough room in the shop for it!


one color in over four years. Short on hours, the crew was able to wrap up their work just in time for another pro street pal, Rod Bollini, and his friends Steve Yates, Josh Yates, and Joe Maltimore who had driven down from their homes in central Illinois. Their objective was to pick up the car and all its many parts and to haul it all nearly half way from Braddy’s

shop in West Frankfort, Illinois to our shop in Texas. Meanwhile, preparations were being made in Lubbock, Texas at 13 Sins Garage to take delivery of the car and continue the build. However, we needed to get it there first. Using 13 Sins’ Co-Owner Ben Brewer’s “Big Black” tow rig, we powered through morning, noon, and night to meet up


13: After prepping, the hood was trial fit to the new mounts and Ringbrothers hinges.


14: Braddy & Norovich then added a small chromoly support to firm up the front end.


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15, 16, & 17: With the fenders sorted and the hood finally hinging properly, Braddy’s crew started prepping the front end as he began to apply a first coat of Axalta URO Prime primer.


18: After the rest of the car was sprayed, it was unmasked and rolled out of the booth to be reassembled.


19: The Braddy’s Custom crew pauses briefly to catch their breath after a solid week of long hours. Left to right: Tim Braddy, Randy Gray, Terry Podschweit, Brian Podschweit, and Derrick Webber. with Bollini and crew somewhere in Oklahoma where we loaded the car out of one trailer and into another before grabbing a bite and getting back on the road headed west. A mere 22 hours straight later, the car was safely tucked away in the 13 Sins shop. You may be tempted to wonder why our monthly tech installment is so light on tech and so heavy on people. The answer is simple: it is the people

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RPM PROJECT CAR 20: We headed east in Ben Brewer’s tow rig to get the Stang.



21: Meanwhile, our friends from Illinois got the car from Norovich and Braddy and headed west. Left to right: Joe Maltimore, Rod Bollini, Steve Yates, and Josh Yates.


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who have made this project such an unforgettable and incredible experience so far. In a time of high stress and uncertainty, Norovich and Braddy came to our rescue, pinch hitting and getting things back on track. Similarly, Bollini and Brewer helped us transport the car over 1,000 miles. The car is now in a local shop where we can not only more closely watch progress but actually participate in it again. It just doesn’t get better than that, friends. Whether it is our build or yours, we sincerely hope that you have the good fortune of having true friends like we have who have been there every step of

the way. Whether it is tangible assistance like the folks specifically mentioned here this month, or just moral support offered by the likes of Mark DePriest, Jerry Gary, Jr., Jef Fern, and a host of others, the point is that an impressive collection of businesses and individuals have stepped up to assist us in seeing this project through to completion. It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. We’re here to tell you that the same could be said of our—or any—project car. If you find yourself in the midst of a build, we hope your village is as good as ours, because they are helping us raise this pony right!

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