Menu

Shop

Garage

Cart

Account

Products to Compare (max of 3)
X
Compare These Parts

Built With Speedway Motors: Dan's '69 Chevelle

12/2/2021
Add Article To List

Sometimes, owning an old car can be hard. Life gets in the way of our dreams and often that project gets neglected or sold. But sometimes, through perseverance and the power of our dreams, these stories have a happy ending. This is one of those stories. Dan Loftus has had his '69 Chevelle for almost 30 years and they've been through a lot together. We love bringing you these stories in the owner's own words, and here's Dan telling the story of his Chevelle.

After reading his story, it seems safe to say that Dan's Chevelle is a member of his family.

My love of cars started at a young age. My mom helped my dad pull an engine while pregnant with me. My dad has owned many cars but has had his '66 Chevelle since the 80's. I used to sit in it and pretend to drive. There was even talk of me getting it one day, but after tearing up the hand me down Cutlass I had a feeling that wasn’t going to happen. But once I was able to prove myself more responsible, we began muscle car shopping.

Dan's completed the notoriously grueling Hot Rod Drag Week, and come home with a 12-secong timeslip.

I have owned my Chevelle since 1993 when I was 18 years old. It was a combination high school graduation and Christmas present. We had looked at faster cars but my dad thought this was much safer since it is a factory power steering and power disc brake car. Before long we installed a crate engine. Shortly thereafter the rust started appearing. Starting in the front fenders then the quarters. The car sat for years in various states of disrepair while I tried to save money for sheet metal and body work. Around 2007 I had met my now wife and we sold my 1st house and the profit made it possible to finally restore my Chevelle. I spent the next 18 months completing a frame off restoration, 9 months of which were body shop jail. In 2008 I took it to Cruisin’ Ocean City for the 1st time. I have spent the last 10+ years enjoying the car at cruises and car shows with my dad and his Chevelle and my wife and kids, but have gotten the racing bug again. Last year my dad and I got to race each other at Cecil County! I got smoked but loved every minute of it.

Here's Dan racing his dad in the Chevelle that started in all.

Then in December 2018 my daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor and car stuff seemed trivial. When she was over halfway through chemo treatments and the prognosis was looking good, I registered for Drag Week 2019 successfully completed it. This past winter I swapped in a 454 and finally hit that 12 second time slip. My daughter has healed, the tumor is gone, and I am ready to race more!!

Related Articles

Built With Speedway Motors: Ray's '70 Chevelle
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
10/7/2022
Here's another one of our customer's cars, and this Chevelle has got the look!
Built With Speedway Motors: Bill's '55 Chevy Bel Air
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
9/6/2022
In spite of a few setbacks, Bill fixed up his dad's '55 with a little help from his friends...
Cover Car Contest Winner: Zach's '72 Nova
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
8/25/2022
We picked Zach and his Nova for our Muscle Car Catalog cover because it's a great car...and a great story.
Built With Speedway Motors: Dan's 1935 Maple Leaf
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
7/20/2022
Dan's unique truck from north of the border is loaded with family history!
Built With Speedway Motors: Sam's '55 Chevy
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
4/25/2022
We love customer car stories! Check out Sam's LS-powered '55 Chevy...
Cover Car Contest Winner: Bryce's IMCA Northern Sport Modified
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
1/27/2022
Meet Bryce Campbell. He's the winner of our Cover Car Contest and this is his IMCA Sport Mod. He's taken his whole family racing with him, and we're thrilled to bring you his story.
Built With Speedway Motors: Chris's 1941 Willys Gasser
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
1/21/2022
Here's another in our ongoing series featuring our customers' cars and projects. Chris's Willys coupe is the gasser that he's always wanted, and it's a knockout.
Built With Speedway Motors: Christopher's Nova and C10
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
11/1/2021
Christopher Graviett and his brother have an impressive fleet of old cars, and the story of how they got there is a pretty great.
Spooky Customer Cars for Halloween
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
10/20/2021
It's Halloween! Here are a few rides from our last Cars and Coffee of the season that go above and beyond to capture the Halloween spirit.
Built With Speedway Motors: Ron's '37 Chevy Sedan Legend Car
by Joe McCollough - Posted in News
10/8/2021
Meet Ron, "The World's Oldest Rookie," and his Legend Car. It's never too late to chase your dreams.
Error
X
Note
X
Ok