We get it. Wheelies are cool. They prove to the world that you have a ton of power and you aren’t afraid to use it. They’re even cooler when they’re pulled off in a fashion that makes it all appear almost elegant in a beastly way, as if somehow choreographed or planned. But honestly, we’ve never seen anything like this all-out, crazy sick, “Crusty” 1962 Chevy Nova which managed to stay up on two wheels for an entire 400 feet at Memphis International Raceway.
Let’s face it; the Nova is a little rough around the edges to say the least. But the powerplant under the hood – woah. It’s a 370 cubic-inch LS motor of course, made up of a stock block, stock crank, “good” rods and pistons, L92 heads, and a pair of 62mm turbochargers. 1320Video reports that it cranks out about 1,100 horsepower. The video below shows the sleepy-looking Nova and its fearless owner, Shane McClelland, taking part in some serious balls-to-the-wall racing, resulting in an 8.764 second time at 156.35mph lighting up the board. He ended Drag Week with an average quarter-mile time of 8.785 and average mph of 177.392 and placed third in the Super Street class behind a Chevy Nova Wagon, and a Monte Carlo.
Perhaps the best part of the video though is the end, when the man behind the camera asks the driver how he knew he was going straight with the wheels up in the air.
“It just felt right,” McClelland replied. Someone give that man a beer.