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1962 Chevy II - Tomato Can

A Torrid 1962 Deuce With A Storied Racing History

By Doug Marion, Photography by Doug Marion

Last summer, the "new" Tomato Can made its maiden outing at the all-new Fontana Raceway on opening day to compete in a Super Street eliminator. Luke got down to the semi-finals when the torque converter broke. At another Fontana race the next month, he got down to the quarter-finals when a traction bar Heim joint fractured. Better on the starting line than in the traps-that's racing luck! But Luke proved he had not lost a blink of his previous driving prowess and skill.

With its Vrbancic Brothers 630-horsepower 355 engine, the Tomato Can is capable of 9.70 e.t.'s at 140 mph. By adding weight and adjusting the throttle-stop, the e.t.'s can be dialed in right on the NHRA Super Street's 10.90 e.t. heads-up time. Remove the weight and readjust the throttle-stop and the car is also competitive in NHRA Super Gas 9.90 e.t. competition.

Here's a Chevy II with a very exciting and winning history and a 33-year-old driver who has outdistanced his famous father and won even more. With his winning wife and daughter behind him, Luke Shumard and the Tomato Can are bound to be back in the winner's circle very soon.

By Doug Marion
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