Virginia's Ken Walsh is 27. The Super Chevy Show staff calls him a "Young Lion" for his championship-winning ways. As a result, this story is about Walsh Racing's 9.90-second '63 409 Impala and its '63 6.30-second/225 mph Nitro Coupe Corvette. Thanks to Ken's super parents, Nancy and Jerry, he began competing in go-carts at age 6. Then at 9, he drove down a dragstrip in his dad's car show-winning 409 Chevy. At 16, he raced a Junior Dragster and a full-size Chevy, too. The "Mr. 409" '63 Impala was purchased 37 years ago in 1972. For the record, the family owns over 40 legit 409 cars. To run in the high 9s, their 650 hp 409 was fitted with Ross 14.5:1 forged pistons, a Lunati cam, specially-prepped heads, an MSD crank-trigger ignition with an MSD 8AL amplifier. Claimed displacement is a mere 415 ci. Sending the massive power to the transmission and rear end is a special Ram clutch. The gearbox is a rugged Jerico DR-4 four-speed. It is capable of handling over 800 hp and lb-ft of torque. Walsh Racing's '63 Corvette Nitro Coupe was a dominant force, running in the low 4-second range in the eighth-mile by season's end. Photo: Jim Campisano Walsh Racing's '63 Corvette Nitro Coupe was a dominant force, running in the low 4-second The Impala was built to race. Auto Meter Monster tachometer and gauges monitor the engine's essentials. A Hurst shifter actuates the Jerico heavy-duty four-speed transmission. The Impala was built to race. Auto Meter Monster tachometer and gauges monitor the engine' The Walsh Racing Team/Crew: (R to L) Ken Walsh, Jerry Walsh (dad), Tim McCarthy (Ken's right-hand man) and John Toliver (Director of Operations). The Walsh Racing Team/Crew: (R to L) Ken Walsh, Jerry Walsh (dad), Tim McCarthy (Ken's rig The differential is a Mark Williams 9-inch unit packing hefty axles and 4.56:1 gears. The traction arrangement is similar to a factory Z-11 four-link (two upper and two lower control arms.) The slicks are 10.5-inches wide. The front fenders and hood are fiberglass. A Simpson shoulder harness and Simpson lap belts secure the driver. Weld wheels adorn the front and rear wheelwells while up front are Goodyear tires capable of handling the car's unbelievable 100-foot-long-plus wheelstands. Race weight is 3,400 pounds. In 2008, Team Walsh entered its slick '63 Corvette in the Super Chevy Show's Aeromotive Nitro Coupe competition. With Ken at the controls, it ran 4.01 seconds at 180 mph in the eighth-mile and consistently in the 6.30s at 225 mph in the quarter. Ken Walsh and Walsh Racing won the 2008 SCS Aeromotive Nitro Coupe World Championship title in its first full year in competition. An aluminum crossflow radiator with "puller" electric fan dissipates heat from the engine coolant. An NHRA mandatory molded plastic catch can contains any overflow. An aluminum crossflow radiator with "puller" electric fan dissipates heat from the engine The "Mr. 409" '63 thrills the crowds with its long wheelstands, as well as its performance. It ran a wheels-up 9.97 and a 9.98 at 135 mph. Its best is a 9.82 at 139 mph. The "Mr. 409" '63 thrills the crowds with its long wheelstands, as well as its performance 2008 SCS Nitro Coupe World Champion '63 Corvette. Photo by Mike Ficacci. The 409 block has Ross 14.5:1 compression pistons, a special grind Lunati camshaft, large diameter race headers, a tunnel ram intake manifold, tuned and flowed 750 cfm carbs, MSD crank trigger ignition with 8AL amplifier, and 9mm spark plug wires. A 3.5 gallon fuel cell sits where the battery once was. It now resides aft in the trunk. Engine power output is about 650 hp at 7,000 rpm. The 409 block has Ross 14.5:1 compression pistons, a special grind Lunati camshaft, large By Doug Marion Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!