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Big Blocks, Novas, and the Week to Wicked Gasser with Zach Raddatz and Jeff Karls | Episode 4

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Episode Summary:

Remember that Chevy II Nova build we did with MotorTrend’s Week to Wicked?

When we got home from an amazing week at the Week to Wicked garage, we didn’t get time to talk about that build like we wanted to. What made it cool and why we chose a Gasser-style build in the first place.

Time to change that!

For starters, it’s all about the hot rod philosophy...

That’s what we’re talking about in episode four of What Moves You, a Speedway Motors podcast.

There's nothing wrong with tricked out, pro touring muscle cars that exemplify the best of go-fast engineering, but this time we wanted to do something that would stand out from the crowd.

We love history, building in small shops with what you have, and most of all, nostalgia.

There’s not much better than building a car that takes you back to a little slice of time, way back when...well, when ANYTHING happened. In our case, we chose a tiny slice of drag racing history when drag racers found themselves at the mercy of tire technology.

And while we’re on the subject, why not talk about the Speedway Motors philosophy? Sure, we built that car with all the fancy tools at Week to Wicked’s amazing garage. BUT, we chose that straight axle/Gasser build to show what’s possible with the parts we make around here.

We also talk about the Novas we’ve owned and loved, big block Chevys, Jeff’s barn find Chevelle that probably should have stayed in the stable, and a few other car stories thrown in for good measure.

Show Notes:

Check out the whole Week to Wicked build here.

Here's where we started with our Nova project.
The mighty 496 for our Nova, built by Speedway Motors Racing Engines.
Here's where we ended up. We're in love with the old school drag race vibe of this car and the racket emanating from the open headers.
The Nova was the star in the Speedway Motors booth at SEMA last year.
Proud high school graduate Jeff Karls poses with his beloved disco Nova.
This is a pretty nice car for a high school kid to be driving around in...
The big block that replaced the nasty small block (that replaced the significantly less nasty straight six) in Jeff's Nova.
Zach Raddatz with his Nova. His first car is currently being rejuvenated with some help from his friends.

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