It's amazing the level of performance you can get out of old cars with the right aftermarket parts. Whether it's drag racing or autocrossing, the speed and agility of these old cars continues to amaze and inspire us. When you attend a gathering of these machines, like at our Chevy High Performance Nationals at Atlanta Dragway earlier this year, you get a good idea of what performance is all about. From 180+ mph drag radial rides, to the sports car-eating handling machines of the Jet-Hot High Performance Coatings' Autocross, the CHP Nationals is a good example of the performance our old Chevys are capable of.
For the second year, Chevy High Performance teamed up with Scoggin-Dickey Performance Centers and the promoters at ProMedia to put on an event at Atlanta Dragway, showcasing today's Chevy muscle car in competition for a cash purse, contingency money, and of course, glory. The event drew loads of powerful drag cars, vicious handling machines, immaculate restorations and interesting restomods. As a stop in the LSX Challenge series (a four race heads-up drag racing series that features cars with only LS-based engines), this year's CHP Nationals drew some of the country's quickest LS-powered Chevys.
In contention for the coveted NHRA Wally trophy were entrants in JE Pistons Drag Radial, Holley EFI Real Street, ERL Performance All Motor, and the ProForm LSX Rumble category, which made the competitiveness fierce between racers. Other drag race action included a match race between two 7-second blown Pro Mods. Add in the massive car show, the vast swap meet, and the dueling jet cars of Embry-Riddle, and you are in for a weekend of high performance indeed.
This event was also the proving ground for the CHP Top Ride and Street Machine shootouts where editor-selected reader's rides and manufacturers duke it out in three levels of competition to see whose Chevy reigns supreme. You can read the dedicated coverage of that in the following issue of CHP.
Billowing burnouts, neck-snapping launches, and dime-stopping halts all from beautifully glimmering Chevy iron is what you can expect at this event in the future.
CHP Nationals Best of Show
Richard Boyd's masterfully crafted 1966 Nova took Best of Show honors on Sunday. Talk about a work of art, this car features intricate body mods, graphics and a wild dual inlet intake manifold that scored big points with the judges.
CHP Nationals Best Restored
Fredericksburg, Virginia's Roger Berry brought out his nicely restored 1970 Chevelle to the show. Period correct battery, air box, SS hood, and even the Polyglas GT tires were in place.