STRAIGHT LINE SPOT­LIGHT

Chevy High Performance - - Contents - TEXT & PHO­TOS: Bruce Biegler

The bad­dest drag rac­ing Chevys

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.

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