From the “few and the far between” department within motorsports, we can safely say that Darrell Stobbe’s NHRA Super Stocker has valid membership.
Based out of British Columbia, Canada, Darrell campaigns a seldom-seen and very rare 1964 Chevelle 300 SS/JA. And to say that Darrell’s car has deep roots would be an understatement.
“I first found this car when I was 14,” he recalled. “I paid $100 for it. It was originally my high school graduation car, my wedding car, and I even brought home my first child from the hospital in it! Over 25 years it has been transformed from a street car to an E.T. Bracket racer, to an NHRA class car, all the time morphing into something faster and faster. About four years ago we decided to go Super Stock racing, and that’s its current configuration.”
Darrell’s machine is pretty much as meticulous as a Super Stock car can be. He has run it into the low 10.2 e.t. zone (11.00 class index), and its construction and finish has already earned him an NHRA Best Engineering award.
Darrell’s show-stopping machine, which is a familiar foe at NHRA national and divisional races up and down the West Coast, uses a potent 327ci engine program crafted by fellow Canadian, Gord Merkley.
And as the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” is certainly applicable for Darrell, too. He is the son of Dave Stobbe, whose drag racing roots and reputation in the west dates back to the mid 1960s.
For patriarch Dave Stobbe, his involvement continues in drag racing, also behind the wheel of a Chevrolet, racing a 1963 Corvette Super Gasser since 2007. Powered by a 400ci engine, the Suncoast-chassis car has been both a reliable and frequent runner within the West Coast’s NHRA and IHRA circuits.
Over the years, the attraction of the sport of drag racing has maintained a close bond between Dave and Darrell, who schedule and attend events together as much as possible. “We try to race together as often as possible. We have a long-running family tradition in racing,” Darrell affirmed.
The Stobbe Racing team funds their program from the dividends of their successful Stobbe Construction Ltd., company, which Dave has now retired from.