IRON MAN

A Bit More Than a Job De­scrip­tion

Drag Racer - - Con­tents - Text and Photos by Bob McClurg

RE­TIRED IRON­WORKER NICK SHERVINO CALLS HIS BUMPER-DRAG­GING ’57 CHEVRO­LET NOSTAL­GIA GASSER IRON MAN FOR MORE REA­SONS THAN YOU MIGHT IMAG­INE. We’ll let him tell you all about it.

“I love work­ing on and build­ing race cars, which is some­thing I in­her­ited from my older brother, Tom Shervino. I bought the ’57 in 1998 as a project dur­ing my con­fine­ment to a wheel­chair af­ter fall­ing 30 feet while work­ing as an iron­worker.

“It was truly a barn-find in ev­ery re­spect. The car was an old-school gasser, red in color, com­plete with a Pon­tiac big-block en­gine. In spite of my in­juries, I was de­ter­mined to get this car up and run­ning again. In the

long run it took four years to ac­com­plish the task, but thanks to my brother and friends, Dave Rud­is­ell and ‘Drag­ster’ John Vidricks, it be­came a re­al­ity.”

Nick added, “I wanted to re­paint the ’57 the orig­i­nal red, but we couldn’t match the color, so we painted it Candy Ap­ple Red and gold

in­stead. Af­ter­ward, I sent a pic­ture of the car to my kids be­cause I was so thrilled with the way it turned out. I re­ceived a mes­sage back from my eight-year-old grand­son, Kellen, who said it looked like the Iron Man car from the movie. Since I was an iron worker, it seemed like the per­fect name.”

Nick’s ef­forts have cer­tainly paid off. His gasser, with its sky-high wheel-stand­ing an­tics, is a big hit at tracks through­out the Mid­west.

Nick’s ef­forts have cer­tainly paid off. His gasser, with its sky-high wheel-stand­ing an­tics, is a big hit at tracks through­out the Mid­west.

BE­LOW. Iron Man’s en­ergy crys­tal comes in the form of a 434-ci Dart repil-Chevy stuffed with all of the best parts.

RIGHT. There are no frills or fancy stuff when it comes to the rear sus­pen­sion—4.56:1 Moser En­gi­neer­ing Ford 9-incher, Com­pe­ti­tion En­gi­neer­ing lad­der bars and QA1 shocks—it’s strictly busi­ness.

ABOVE. Re­tired iron­worker Nick Shervino proudly poses with Iron Man, his ’57 Chevy B/ Gasser that he built with help from his brother Tom and friends Dave Rus­sell and “Drag­ster” John Vidricks.

ABOVE. The Loafers of 69thStreet pays homage to the group of guys Nick hung out with while grow­ing up in the Chicago sub­urbs. The red Lexan win­dows are a nice vin­tage touch. The Iron Man moniker was sug­gested by Nick’s grand­son, Kellen.

BE­LOW. Nose in the air and high stance are stan­dard char­ac­ter­is­tics of ’60s gassers. Shervino and as­so­ciates nailed the pe­riod-cor­rect bu­lid. Note the wind-up key on the trunk. It’s a big hit with young fans.

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