No amount of thrashing will get you on the race track legally unless you’ve got an NHRA Chassis Certification. The car doesn’t have to be completely finished in order to get inspected and certified, but it does have to have all the chassis components required. Many race tracks and car builders will have chassis certification days where NHRA’s divisional chassis tech will be on-site and do inspections, or you can schedule to have one come to you and do the inspection. That’s what happened here for Alex’s car, and by a pretty important inspector. You’ll see. But that’s not all that happens in this video, as there is plenty more work to be done.
There is a ton that goes into making something that is going to run 6’s in the quarter-mile, even if it is just a pure race car. But if you are going to do that with a street car, with steel roof, quarters, firewall, rockers, etc, then it gets a bit more tricky. It also gets much harder to fit everything if you are going to be setup for a passenger seat, which every street car needs. I’m not one to make proclamations as to what is and isn’t a street car, because I think it totally depends on your commute and what you do, but I will say that if it doesn’t have a passenger seat then it isn’t a street car. If you can’t have your friends or your dude ride with you ladies, then it is just your race car you drive on the street. There is a difference.
I can tell you this first hand, as I was on-site at the Taylor’s thrashing to get this thing done for RMRW. The car is super cool, and full of neat custom touches, and lots of typical Taylor fabrication.
There is no doubt in my mind that this car will be hauling ass very, very soon, and that the rest of the world will be as excited about it as everyone was on Rocky Mountain Race Week. This car sits right, sounds right, looks bitchin, and is about as classic as can be. I mean who doesn’t like a big tire 1955 Chevrolet?