Facts & History

 

In the late seventies, I owned an automotive speed shop in Springfield, Virginia. To help advertise the shop, I had some T-shirts printed that proclaimed that we specialized in Turbocharging, Supercharging and Nitrous Oxide Injection. It was these shirts that gave me the idea to build all of this performance equipment into one Pro-Street car. My philosophy has always been, "Just because something hasn’t been done in the past doesn’t mean it can’t be done."

The Nova was a success and very functional. It made its debut at The 1982 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals (a 5,000-car event) where it won Best Car, Best Pro-Street Car, Best Engine, Best Engineered and Grand Champion. It then went on to become Hot Rod Magazine’s 1982 Street Machine of the Year.

The Nova was constructed over a two-and-a-half-year period, from October 1979 until March 1982, logging in over 3000 man-hours.

Some of the Nova’s unique features include:

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An all-steel body with 21,000 original miles.

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A Chevrolet 454 LS-7 engine.

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Twin turbos, a BDS 6-71 blower and nitrous oxide injection.

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A full-competition B & M Turbo 400 transmission.

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17 Autometer gauges.

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Rear wheel wells lengthened 7 inches to fit the tires.

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Dual radiators – one up front and one in the rear.

 

The Nova debuted on the cover of the September 1982 Hot Rod Magazine and went on to be featured in over 85 magazines worldwide, including 14 covers.

In 1982, the Nova received the prestigious "Street Machine of the Year" award from Hot Rod Magazine.

The Nova became the first car in history to win back to back titles for Best Engine, Best Engineered, Best Car and Best Pro-Street Car at:

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The 1982 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals

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The 1983 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals

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The 1983 Car Craft Street Machine Nationals  – East

 

 

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