When you get cars together at an event like the March Meet, you are bound to see trends. It was no surprise that there were plenty of first-gen Camaros. It was a bit of a surprise to see 1975-77 Camaros as a popular Funny Car body, but they were there in numbers. And in the ranks of Hot Rod, it was the Chevy II bodies that seemed to be quite popular. Pick a color, pick a combination. We may not have tracked every last car by detail, but there was no getting around the fact that there were a lot of early Novas coming to the line at Famoso, so many in fact that they all started to blur a bit.
It wasn’t until I left Chad on the scaffold so I could walk around for a bit that this particular 1966 Chevy II jumped out at me while I was walking the pits. Overall, it looks like most other Hot Rod-class cars, but when I noticed that there was a B-pillar and a second set of doors, I stopped in. It’s well-known that I have a fascination with Australian car culture, and one element of the Aussie scene that I dig is that four-door cars aren’t immediately avoided. Thomas, the car’s driver, actively sought out a four-door Chevy II for his race car. Why?
Prior to this car, the Bakersfield resident had a two-door car, but he found himself at odds with cutting it up to become a race car. Between that, and a desire to do something different, the four-door shell became something wicked. A 434ci mill built by Jim Brower in Sacramento, California motivates the black sedan. It’s hooked to a prepared Powerglide and ran out via 4.56 gears. Inside, liberal use of carbon fiber has lightened up the little Chevy that much more.
We dig the little beast, and loved watching it run down the strip. Just because it’s got four doors doesn’t mean that it is any less of a car. Doors do not make a car any faster or slower…so why, then do the number of doors on a race car matter? It’s got the heartbeat under the hood and the guts to run, and that is what matters!