Lone Star, Long Teeth
Cool and meticulous are just two of the words that first come to mind when viewing the beautiful SS/KA-classed 1966 Chevy II owned by Norman Marsden. Based out of Lone Camp, Texas, Norman (who is a veteran racer at 71 years young) has been campaigning this car after he first found it back in 1999 (stored in a Texas garage). During construction, Norman researched the car’s history and found out the Nova was originally a California-based car that had a six-cylinder and was owned by the then police chief for Granada Hills. Marsden completely built and self-maintains the car, which is now powered by a 283ci engine built by the reputed Patterson Elite (Augusta, Kansas). Norman uses a Pro-Trans three-speed automatic transmission, Coan converter, and extensive Mark Williams components. Over many seasons, Norman Marsden has attended some 60-plus national event races with his car, which is fully capable of running deep under its index and has racked up over 20 class wins during that time. However, the retired railroader and his wife, Beckie, remain determined to achieve the goal of winning his first-ever national event title. Sponsorship comes from Patterson Elite, Bedlum Motorsports (Fort Worth, Texas), and Cowell Performance (Weatherford, Texas).
La Habra, California, is home base to a very impressive H/SA classed 1969 Chevelle being raced by Kenny Snow and his wife, Brooke. This car originally hit the dragstrip after being built by Leo Glassbrenner, who raced it between 2001-2004. After that it saw a few years with another owner as an ET Bracket car before sitting in storage for about five seasons prior to Snow purchasing it in 2014. Then, with some help and guidance from Glassbrenner, Snow began the undertaking of converting the car back to Stock legal. In 2015, the car was completely rebuilt from the ground up with help from Robbie Miller (Robbie Miller Race Cars) and a new engine program (350ci, 255hp) completed by Gregg Luneack at Tri-City Motors with input from Glassbrenner and Mark Mollitt. To date, the car has run a best e.t. of 11.31 at near 115 mph. For Kenny Snow, who is a mechanical engineer and vice president at Able Wire EDM, this car is just the latest venture within his drag racing career, which has included a series of Chevy cars: three Vegas of differing configurations and a 1969 El Camino. In addition to his Chevelle, Kenny also drives an Undercover-chassis dragster in Super Pro and Super Comp. His sponsors are Remac Transmissions and Able Wire EDM.
Outer Limits Camaro!
In 2015, Michigan-based racer Tom Bailey won Hot Rod’s infamous Drag Week - Fastest Street Car in America trophy with his totally creative and versatile turbocharged 1969 Camaro. Bailey prevailed in that grueling test, which determines its victor based on both performances over the road and at the dragstrip. Skinny Kid Race Cars constructed this purpose-built car, which is far beyond anything considered conventional. With an ultra-low slung stance and the front end stretched 9 inches in length, this Camaro is about as alien-looking a beast as you could imagine. The Camaro is equipped with a 615ci big-block Chevrolet built by Steve Morris (Muskegon, Michigan). Armed with twin Precision 88 turbochargers, the engine is capable of producing in excess of 3,500 hp. The car is built with drag racing circuit versatility in mind; Tom can run 10.5 tires, drag radials, or super wide slicks, depending on the venue. While his primary season objective this year will be to hold off his competitors and successfully defend his Ironman-like Fastest Street Car in America title this summer, he also plans to venture more into actual Pro Mod class competition, entering both NHRA quarter-mile and PDRA eighth-mile events. In addition to his crew chief Steve Morris, his valued crew includes his son Aydan, Kyle Morris, and Rick Johnson.
Canadian Corvette Crusade
For John Carinci and his son James, expectations are now percolating that this Toronto, Ontario-based team could be impact players within North America’s thriving 10.5 tire racing scene. Late in 2015, John and James debuted their latest racing project together: a Skinny Kid Race Cars-built 2004 Corvette Z06. That move came after they transferred a proven engine program from their former race car (which crashed earlier last season) into a Corvette that was formerly owned by New Jersey’s Todd Fontana. That engine program is from ProLine Racing: a 540ci big-block armed with twin Precision Gen 2 94mm turbochargers. Other components include a ProTorque torque converter, M&M three-speed TH400 transmission, Billet Atomizer fuel injectors, and a Davis Technologies Profiler AMS 2000 boost controller tuned by Patrick Barnhill of PTP. John and James debuted their Corvette late last season and were rewarded with an eighth-mile best time of 4.13 at 191-plus mph by season’s end. That performance has the race team feeling optimistic about their chances for 2016, which will see them in action at many of the primary Outlaw 10.5 events spread out through North America. “We are hoping to get the car into the 3-second zone, but more importantly make it run consistently in the 4-second flat range,” affirmed driver John Carinci.