WHOLE LOTTA LUV
SHOULDERING up to angry openwheel hot rods and floppy-bodied Camaros, Scott Bisel’s Chevy LUV truck stood out from the pack. We caught up with Arizona-based Scott to learn more about it. Awesome truck! What’s the story behind it? It’s a 1972 Chevy LUV truck that I’ve owned for seven or eight years now. It came from up north and had a set-up that ran 10.30s, but I’ve made it a lot quicker. I’ve done all the work myself, which I love doing. I’ve been at it since I was a kid and I’ve built a bunch of cars, including a ’64 Chevelle that runs 8.6s, a Camaro, and a full-drag Anglia. What’s it running? It’s got a 400-cube small-block Chevy in it with a 6/71 blower, and runs alcohol, injected. It’s got a two-speed Powerglide, nine-inch Ford diff and 3:89 gears in the back. It weighs 2550lb, and I don’t know the numbers but I’d say somewhere in the 1200-1300hp range, considering the engine and the times I’m running. It looked quick out on the track! Yeah, this year I’m running in A/gas (7.60 index) after going in B/gas last year (8.60 index). I did a 7.71@174mph today, so I’m still in for the eliminations tomorrow. Is that Arizona licence plate real? Yep, it’s definitely street-registered. I love driving it around Lake Havasu, where I live, and people love it. When I moved there I didn’t realise it was like hot rod paradise; there are car guys everywhere! I’ve stopped doing that as much lately though, because the mileage is insane. It can burn about a gallon of alcohol a minute, just idling! Thankfully, alcohol is cheap. It’s not every day you see an LUV run sevens. I know. I think it’s funny because I don’t look like I belong in A/gas [laughs], but I’m still in it. It’s just a great car and a lot of fun to race. I like building cars just as much as I love racing them. If I lose on the day? No big deal – it’s all about the fun.
A FULL FIELD IN A/GAS WAS ONE OF THE MORE ENTERTAINING