Hey guys, I have question about the front seats in your project Nova. I want to put some buckets in mine too (I have a ’72), and I really like the front seats that are in that one. Where can I find those, and the bases that they bolt to? Are those bases fabricated or can I find them online or at a parts store? I also couldn’t tell if they slide/adjust front to rear, do they?
The seats in our Nova are from Corbeau. Regarding the mounting brackets, you’ll be happy to know that Corbeau offers them, making the install incredibly easy, and they do slide back and forth. Matter of fact, we have the same seats in our F73 Camaro and absolutely dig them.
What’s on the Cover?
I enjoy reading Chevy High Performance cover to cover each month and then start over, just in case. On the Sept. ’11 issue, you had a ’55 Chevy on the cover, but the “On The Cover” blurb is about the ‘68 Camaro found in the issue. I can ignore spelling, but not missing or incorrect information. Please send me a revised issue (just joking).
At times we like to mix it up by changing the cover images between the subscription and newsstand versions. Unfortunately, as you noticed, we didn’t address the correct feature car in the table of contents; don’t worry, we won’t do that again.
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Covington’s “Innovator” Wins Goodguys 2011 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year
When Clover, South Carolina’s Alex Covington envisioned his dream ride, it was a ’67 Nova he could use as a daily driver. His vision quickly changed after he selected the Roadster Shop’s Jeremy and Phil Gerber to execute the build. The Gerbers’ vision for the Nova was a high-tech, low-slung futuristic street machine, combining an American classic with cutting-edge innovation and masterful build quality. Soon after, project “Innovator” began.
Covington’s faith in the Roadster Shop’s ability to deliver a top-quality car was rewarded when “Innovator” won the Goodguys 2011 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award Saturday, July 9, at the Goodguys 14th PPG Nationals presented by Bridgestone in Columbus, Ohio.
Every panel on Covington’s Nova has been reworked and redesigned. The top was chopped 3/4 inch, the fenders were reshaped and sloped, new body lines and wheelwell openings were made, and a new rocker panel profile continues around the entire vehicle. The headlights and grille assembly are completely redesigned and hand-fabricated, as are the taillight bezels. The PPG white is complemented by custom satin accents of charcoal, sliver, and bright yellow.
Power is generated via a 700hp GM LSX in a completely handmade engine bay with machined panels and a custom intake. Inside the cabin is a handmade dash and console assembly, full rollcage, and race buckets covered in black and white leather. Illuminated headliner and floor inserts are as futuristic as it gets.
“Innovator” rides on a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis with a three-link rear suspension and Watt’s linkage. Afco remote reservoir shocks cushion the ride. Giant Baer brakes provide extreme stopping power on track or on the street. Eric Brockmeyer designed the custom center lug seven-spoke wheels.
The car’s maiden voyage came Friday morning during the Street Machine of the Year Autocross competition. Having never been driven on pavement, tension was high in the Roadster Shop camp but anxiety quickly turned to confidence when Innovator streaked to a 35.3-second lap time. It would hold up as the fastest lap in the entire competition!