A Black Sheep Wagon

Chevy High Performance - - Straight Line Spot­light -

Within the mostly cookie-cut­ter world of drag­ster chas­sis dom­i­nated Su­per Comp rac­ing it’s re­fresh­ing to see some­thing dif­fer­ent in the mix, and In­di­ana’s Bob Eaker cer­tainly de­liv­ers on that front. Since 2013, Eaker has been faith­fully rac­ing a 1967 Chevy Nova (af­fec­tion­ately known as Big Sexy). While Eaker of­ten com­petes head-to-head with the rear-engine drag­sters in 8.90 in­dex rac­ing, this car is also a very ver­sa­tile one—ca­pa­ble of Nos­tal­gia Drag Rac­ing and Su­per Gas class rac­ing. The car was orig­i­nally built by Jef­ferey Fer­gu­son from Mis­sis­sippi and then had a cou­ple of other own­ers be­fore Eaker ac­quired it. How rare is this car? That’s de­bat­able, but let’s just say there were not very many two-door Nova wag­ons made in 1967. Bob’s Nova is pow­ered by a 565ci big-block Chevy built by Al Rob­bins at Free­dom Rac­ing En­gines in Browns­burg, In­di­ana. Us­ing an

FTI torque con­verter and Pow­er­glide trans­mis­sion, unchecked, this Nova wagon has run 8.45 at 160 mph.

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