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Beauty is certainly beholden for two drag racers that have tasked themselves with campaigning classic Corvettes—both ’71 models and both in Stock Eliminator.
Ohio’s Rick Winchester runs a stunning candy apple red ’71 Corvette with T-top in H/SA, using a 350ci engine rated at 400 hp. The car was built by PK Race Cars (Columbus, Ohio) and features an engine program by reputed Parsons & Meyers Race Engines (Columbus, Ohio). After its meticulous construction period was complete, Rick debuted his car during the spring of 2016 and since then has coaxed his combination to a best run of 11.08 at 118 mph. The finished product, which certainly speaks for itself and is highlighted by expert paint by Ron’s Auto Body (West Chester, Ohio), is also a deserving award winner. Rick and his wife/crew chief Phyllis have Best Engineered and Best Appearing awards from NHRA to their credit. Support for the West Chesterbased race team comes from valued associates Ron’s Auto Body, PK Race Cars, Defiance Transmissions, and Q-Jet Performance.
The passion for the ’71 Corvette is clearly international too, as evidenced by the C/SA class effort campaigned by Scandinavian driver Mikael Lind. Lind, who resides in Borlange, Sweden—and also races a GT/EA ’90 Camaro in Super Stock in Europe—acquired his Corvette back in 2010. Lind keeps his Corvette based with friends in Jackson, Missouri, and comes over to North America three to four times a season to race. This Corvette features a 454ci engine that is rated at 365 hp (prepared by Line Performance), and the classic tips the scales at 3,535 pounds. He has a best run of 10.26 at 127.76 mph (2018 NHRA Gatornationals), and has also racked up a couple of class wins with it. When racing in North America, Lind receives valued support from Wade and Alex Owens, Lance and Jason Line, Jackie and Katie Sepanek, and Redhorse Performance.