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To say that Nebraska’s Gene Bichlmeier is a proponent for the Chevrolet brand in drag racing would be an understatement. Since first becoming involved in the sport in the mid-1960s, Gene, who is a very successful construction company owner (based out of Norfolk, Nebraska), has owned and raced no less than nine different Chevrolet Sportsman cars. That all started with a four-speed 1965 Malibu back in 1965 and moved forward with a series of Chevy IIs, Camaros, and 1955 Chevy cars. Fast forward to the present day, Gene continues that passionate pursuit with a pair of impressive and competitive Super Stock-classed cars: a 1966 Chevy II Nova (which he drives) and a 1955 Chevy wagon raced by his friend Wayne Denklau.
Gene’s 1966 Nova was built by C.T. Chassis and it has a high-winding 283ci (NHRA 220hp rated) engine that features machine work by Monty Jones and cylinder heads by Gary Hettler. With the Nova, which races as a GT/M and uses a Liberty clutchless four-speed transmission, Gene has recorded numerous national records throughout his career—most recently set at 9.92 e.t. and 132.67 mph.
Wayne, who is the crew chief for the Bichlmeier Racing team is also tasked with driving the team’s SS/P-classed 1955 Chevy. That extremely rare two-door wagon features a 265ci (NHRA 180hp rated) engine and employs a G-Force brand clutchless four-speed. This car is a national record holder, too, having set that official mark at 11.30 e.t. at 116.21 mph.
Both Gene and Wayne have been frequent winners within NHRA’s Super Stock class. Bichlmeier’s team includes an impressive and talented supporting staff with credit going to Steve Dietz (Custom Machine & Tool); Bob Sherwood (dyno work); and his crew, including Tom Meyer and Mom Lavone Bichlmeier.