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Mike & Jason Inman’s ’96 Corvette

A Stripped Theft-Recovery ’Vette Becomes A Super Street Contender

Jeff Smith May 1, 1999

Step By Step

The Inman brothers called their team Broke Brothers Racing long before they chose a Corvette for Super Street. In fact, Mike and Jason Inman had been racing for years with their immaculate turquoise and white ’55 Chevy. While competitive with the ’55, they knew that they had a better chance of winning Super Street with a more aerodynamic car. When a stripped theft-recovery ’96 Corvette found its way to Inman Collision in Loganville, Georgia, they knew they had a race car on their hands.

After the Chassis Engineering four-link and full ’cage work was completed at Rob’s Race Shop in Athens, Georgia, Rusty Churchwell and Tony Hunter did the body work while Terry Cullpepper performed the paint magic. Meanwhile, Rob’s Race Shop was screwing together an aluminum Donovan Rat 438ci motor jammed with all kinds of cool stuff, including a Crankshaft Specialties crank, GRP rods, and Ross pistons. An Isky mechanical roller cam of massive proportions tickles the valves, and a Steve Johnson and NOS fogger nitrous system assists the single Carburetor Shop Dominator carburetor—all tuned by Danny Vaughn.

The brothers didn’t say much about the EPD heads except that they were tuned-up and assembled by Tim Nabors at Nabors Automotive. The exhaust side features a set of stepped headers feeding into a pair of Flowmaster mufflers. The Transmission Specialties Powerglide and converter spin a Mark Williams–equipped 9-inch with 4.30:1 gears and Mark Williams axles.

As far as the cockpit goes, Jason Inman surveys a set of Auto Meter tach and gauges and a Quick Car switch panel while fully strapped into his aluminum racing seat with Stroud safety gear and harnesses. Rick’s Auto Trim, in nearby Snellville, Georgia, handled all the interior appointments.

So far, the quickest the Broke Brothers Vette has run is a 8.17 at 172 mph, and they’re still tuning it to make it run quicker—the sevens can’t be far ahead. Over the winter, they completed additional chassis work to improve consistency, added another nitrous bottle to reduce the pressure drop, and a better on-board fire extinguishing system. Now with almost a full season of racing the Vette, look for the Inman brothers to push the rest of the Super Street pack a little harder. Even if they have to stay broke doing it.

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