August 2011 Newsletter
14th Goodguys Nationals: Columbus, OH:
We were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Columbus show again this year. This was our second trip to the Ohio event which showcases the “Street Car of the Year” award. We were again helping out @ the Church Boys Racing booth. The show was well attended with a great variety of cars & a multitude of spectators. This year we didn’t have the thunderstorms that also attended last year’s event. That was great news for car enthusiasts & the autocross event which went off without a hitch. A new requirement this year was that all of the cars that were up for the street car of the year award also had to complete three runs on the autocross course. The award went to Alex Covington's 1967 Nova built by Roadster Shop. The autocross competition was very close coming down to the finals between Kyle Tucker in his 70 Camaro & Mike Maier in his 66 Mustang. Mike had been consistently near the top throughout the competition and edged out Kyle for the overall win. Congrats Mike!! One of the highlights of the event for me was getting a ride in DSE’s 63 Nova with Ryan Matthews behind the wheel. I would like to thank Ryan and everyone @ DSE for giving me my first taste of autocross. I would also like to thank Gary from DSE for getting us some great footage with our GoPro HD video camera. We will be posting links for the videos on our website soon. The Columbus event not only gives us an opportunity to meet a lot of new people, but also talk/meet with many of the manufacturers that Classic Nova & Performance is associated with. We are able to get information first hand on new products in the works and get any questions/issues we may have regarding their products.
Classic Nova & Performance LLC is proud to again be sponsoring the California Mini-Nats in Pleasanton, CA. This is a great show for the Nova enthusiast as well as a great family event. We have been attending the show since our kids were little, and it continues to grow each year. The past several years we have be lucky enough to sponsor the show in conjunction with National Nostalgic Nova & Nor Cal Novas.
We will be installing the new power steering conversion for 1962-67 Novas on our 65 shop car. This kit will work on 62-66 (excluding column shift) Novas using the factory column. Kit includes a re-designed power steering box & replacement steering column shaft. You can also purchase the power steering pump, brackets & hoses to complete the installation. We are running a little behind on this install, but still plan on having it done prior to the Nova Mini-Nats on Labor Day weekend. The car will be driven almost 400 miles to the Nova show in Pleasanton, CA. Watch for the install as well as an overall performance review.
Classic Nova & Performance was able to obtain a large quantity of 4-rib seat belt webbing. We have close to 70 different colors for as long as they last. Restoration buffs will recognize this webbing as the correct type for all of the muscle cars and earlier classics. Supply is limited, so get what you need while it lasts. Price is $2.50 per foot. You can contact us regarding color availability.
Chevy High Performance Magazine: Suspension Challenge 2011:
Immediately following the GG’s event CHP magazine had invited several suspension manufacturers to participate in their first “Suspension Challenge” that will be feature in upcoming magazines. We all pulled out of Columbus Ohio Sunday afternoon headed to Nationals Trails Raceway near Hebron, OH. A couple of hours later we pulled into the hotel which would be the meeting place the next morning before heading to the racing facility. Monday morning after meeting with the people from CHP everyone left for the race track. I drove CBR’s Nova wagon from the hotel to the track in a caravan with DSE’s 63 Nova & 69 Camaro. The competition consisted of a quarter mile, 60-0 braking & autocross comparisons. Represented was Church Boys Racing, Detroit Speed Inc., Fatman, Hotchkis & Ridetech. The event was interrupted by a huge thunderstorm that left most of us soaked, EZ-ups destroyed & all of us hanging out in the trailers until the storm passed. The delay caused the competition to extend into Tuesday. I would personally like to thank the staff of Chevy High Performance & National Trails Raceway. Watch for the results of the “Suspension Challenge” in an upcoming issue.
Ridetech had their new Tru Turn steering system upgrade for 68-74 Novas & 67-69 Camaros on display @ Columbus. This kit comes with tall 2” drop spindles, re-designed steering arms, draglink bracket & tie rod ends. The end result is greatly reduced bumpsteer (under .050” through 5” of suspension travel), improved camber gain & clearance to run a 10” wide wheel with a 275mm tire. We will be running a special on this kit along with offering a discount on installation for our local customers during the month of September.
Be safe, keep the shiny side up & the rubber side down!
Classic Nova & Performance LLC