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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.


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