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Check Out the Baddest Chevy-Based Drag Cars

Straight Line Spotlight

Bruce Biegler Oct 1, 2015
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Massel(s) Remain Formidable Foes

2010 Chevy Cobalt Burnout 2/4

The name Bruno Massel is a very feared one within the ranks of NHRA Sportsman racing. The double-generation team (Bruno Sr. & Bruno Jr.) have campaigned a series of highly competitive and very innovative Chevrolet cars for many seasons. Based out of Woodridge, Illinois, the team purchased a 2014 COPO from Scoggin-Dickey Chevrolet early last year, which they took delivery of directly from the Oxford, Michigan, build center. That FS/A-classed machine, which made history by winning the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals title last September (the first ever national title for a new COPO), features a 350ci supercharged engine program and has run a stout 8.51 e.t. at 160+ mph. The Camaro complements the team’s totally unique 2010 DD/AT Chevy Cobalt, which is raced within NHRA Competition Eliminator. That car is a 2x NHRA Lucas Oil World Championship machine that uses an extremely creative 135ci turbocharged Chevy Ecotec four-cylinder engine. Using that engine, the Cobalt has sped to an amazing 6.86 e.t. at 202+ mph in the quarter-mile and has continued the Massel’s outright nine-year ownership of the NHRA class record, which they have set and reset multiple times. The team receives sponsorship from Autogeek.net, Chevrolet, BigStuff3, K&N, Elite Motorsports, M/T, Kilgore Transmissions, and of course, Bruno’s Automotive Products. That company, which was founded by Bruno Sr., is where the BRT Converter Drive was invented and patented back in 1989; a truly key component that has become a standard within drag racing, allowing a torque converter to be mated to multiple brands of racing transmissions, including Liberty, Jeffco, Gforce, and B&J.

Keeping it Alive!

1957 Corvette Gasser Burnout 3/4

Veteran fans of drag racing cannot thank enough racers like Bob Cook (and his wife, Pam) who work hard each season to help keep the memory going for the glory days of drag racing. Based out of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, the husband and wife team run an era-correct 1957 Corvette AA/GS car at various exhibition events. Powered by a Gellner Engineering-built 496ci big-block Chevy that is supercharged by an actual Hilborn Fuel Injection system, the over 1,000hp-rated car is pretty much over-the-top cool according to fans of all ages. The Corvette was built by Ed and Ray Kasicki (Shalersville, Ohio) and utilizes various period-correct components like a straight-axle frontend, a narrowed 9-inch rearend, and even replica American Racing wheels. Dubbed Crazy Grandpa, the Cook’s Corvette is a very popular fixture because of its awesome burnouts within the eighth-mile Ohio Outlaws and Geezer Gasser circuit events held primarily within the Midwest.

The New Face of Nostalgia Funny Cars

1969 Camaro Nostalgia Funny Car Burnout 4/4

Let the controversy reign! Western Canadian drag racing icons Ron Hodgson, Bob Papirnick, and Harold Parfett debuted in mid 2015 what was arguably the most modern nitro Nostalgia Funny Car ever conceived. The 1969 Camaro-bodied car is the first ever creation from California’s Victory Race Cars that includes a prototype Victory Race Cars-built carbon-fiber body. While built to be absolutely 100-percent legal for both the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car class, the creative machine does venture first into the new reality for what nitro Nostalgia Funny Car racing will become. The car, which is being driven by Ron Hodgson’s son Ryan, receives its primary backing and good looks from fabled California-based Troy Lee Designs along with major associates Castrol Canada, Ron Hodgson Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, and Ace Manufacturing. Amazingly, on the car’s first full pull down a dragstrip, it set a track speed record of over 254 mph!



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