If you are not having the best of Fridays, we have the fix! It happens to be this video which will put a smile on even the most downer of faces today. Why? You are about to take a ride with Bill Thompson at Famoso Raceway. More importantly you are going to be inside his 1965 Nova that yanks huge wheelies, has a straight front axle and is powered by a blown 383ci small block with a Lenco behind it. Between the awesome arcing wheelstand that it pulls leaving the line and the way it sounds while making an 8-second pass, there are few things on the internet that’ll make you smile harder than this little car.
In many ways, “doing it wrong” is doing it fun in drag racing. There are a zillion eight second cars out there and many of them are chock full of the latest technology to aid the driver and make the car work superhuman feats of performance. This car has none of that stuff. It as a guy ripping Lenco levers, a small block with a “belt driven intake manifold”, a beam front axle, huge radiused wheel openings full of tire, and an old school rear suspension that flat out works. Want to make super comp a spectator sport? Mandate combos like this! People would not leave the stands.
We have nothing but respect for those racers who do it the modern way and compete on a high level. That’s not the point here. The point is that watching a car like this hustle the strip is a full sensory experience. People LOVE cars like this for a simple reason. They are bad ass.