1957 Bel Air
I have had many racecars in my life but in 2004 I decided to copy my Pro-Street blower car because in my opinion a 1957 Bel Air is the most beautiful car ever built, and of course red is my favorite color. I built that car, but later in 2014 I decided to spend more time with my son and racing was taking too much of my time, so I sold it. Little did I know how addicted to racing I was. After I sold it, I got hit with the biggest bout of depression I ever felt! I felt like I had no meaning in life, I felt I wasnít worth anything, I wondered why I even existed because it seemed like I had no purpose. That lasted a few months when I finally realized that I was just suffering from lakoracecar disease. I realized that I have to have a racecar in my life in order to be able to function and work to support my family. So, by golly I starting happy-dancing and singing IíM GONNA GET A RACECAR Ė IíM GONNA GET A RACECAR. It may sound childish but when I tell this story to other fellow racers many of them have also been through it, especially when their car breaks and they canít afford to fix it! I guess itís one of those gearhead things that may be hard for others to understand. Itís truly a passion for most racers who put their lives on the line every time they get behind the wheel, itís an addicting adrenaline rush.
Soon I came across the race car I have today. It has a
very nice chassis that was fully constructed and welded well, with the full
fiberglass body kit just resting on the chassis. I negotiated for 3 months with
the owner before closing the deal and soon I was on the road to Illinois to pick
it up. I proceeded to finish installing the body, the front end is quick
pull-off or easily flips forward, the windows are lexan for less weight, the
doors and bumpers are all fiberglass. I added the full interior enclosure and
seat, the motor and transmission along with the electrical, fuel and nitrous
systems. I had it painted by the Plano Senior High School kids then it was off
to the races I went! Free from the lakoracecar disease! Most people still
think this car is the same one I had built in 2004 but in reality, I sold that
one to a guy in Houston in 2014 and he is still loving every minute with it.
This second car is inch by inch an exact duplicate of my first one - no one
could ever tell any difference! This one runs a 511 big block 4 bolt main
Chevy, 14:1 compression with Dart heads and nitrous. All this runs through a
Powerglide tranny, Ford 9 inch rear spool with 4:30 gears and 35 spline axles.
My personal quickest elapsed time in the 1/8 mile is a 5.02 and thatís as fast as my old man body is comfortable with. I found at these speeds when it goes bad it goes bad too fast for my old man reactions. Besides, if I donít push it to the max all the time it sure lasts a lot longer! I enjoy watching good racing almost as much as running it myself. Thatís why most of the time for me is to just run 2 or 3 times and then watch the younger crowd shoot it out till the end!
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