First, we brought you an introduction of coverage of our own 2013 Super Chevy Suspension and Handling Challenge presented by Nitto Tire. We told you just a little bit about each of the three classic Chevrolets with modern upgraded suspensions that were put to the test against a 2013 Chevy Camaro SS. Recently, we told you about two of those classics – the Church Boys Racing ’63 Nova Convertible with a battery of great new bolt-on parts, and the 1969 Camaro from Art Morrison Enterprises with a new independent rear suspension. Now it’s time to bring it full circle and tell you a bit about this Global West Suspension-equipped 1971 Chevelle Wagon.
The Challenge consisted of three tests: skid pad, slalom, and a track test on the road course at Willow.
Steven Rupp, the owner of the Chevelle, spoke to Super Chevy editor Jim Campisano about the suspension upgrades and the way the world’s largest track car handles.
“We built it mainly as a cruiser. Something you could jump in, you could drive across the country to some event,” Rupp explained. “Suspension is a complete weld-in Global West coilover system (rear and front), and Penske single adjustable shocks. We cut through the frame, it’s mounted up, it’s all done the right way. It’s not really a bolt-on system, so we didn’t have to compromise on the geometry.”
Check out the video of the Chevelle in action and look back at your January 2014 issue of Super Chevy for the complete story and to see how each competitor did.