as republished from CorvetteOnline Roll Racing In A Tube Chassis Nitrous Huffing ‘Vette!
From the “Never Seen That Before” files, 1320 Video brings us footage of a full-on drag car taking more traditional roll-racing rides behind the woodshed at Street Car Takeover in Oklahoma City. Check it out! “Roll Racing” is not something we here at Dragzine cover often, as it generally doesn’t qualify as drag racing to us or our audience. However, our friends over at 1320Video recently shared this clip that goes a long way to bridge the gap between highway racing and genuine drag racing. Continue reading “
Pro-Mod Vette ROLL RACING on the Drag Strip!?! VIDEO” →
Dateline: 7.16.11 “Astoria-Chas” Snyder – The Buddy Holly of Corvette Racing
Glen Spielberg photo.
As a lad growing up during the muscle car era in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, CARS Magazine was my favorite car mag. The publication had a definite East Coast flavor and the magazine slightly favored Chevys, which was perfectly fine with me at the time. One of my favorite cars of the day was the 1967 427 L88 drag racer, “In Memory of Astoria-Chas” 427 L-88 Corvette roadster. The story has all the elements of legend; brutally fast, quick car, great looking, owned and driven to national prominence by a young fellow, not much older than myself and my Chevy pals.
Fortunately, the car is still around and looks the way it did when it set the AHRA Nation Record of 11.04 @ 129 mph. Later, the car ran a best-ever 10.47 et. While the L88 still runs, the current owner, Glen Spielberg, does not “run” the car on the strip, as he has given his word to the Snyder family that he would not restore or race the car. Besides, the car still has its original, 40-year old tires! A stock ‘67 L71 427/435 Corvettes were solid high 13-second cars. A Mid-10-second version was MIND BLOWING back then!
Since the Astoria-Chas Corvette was a Motion performance prepared car, it got lots of ink in CARS Magazine. Below is one of many CARS articles on the car. Unfortunately, I do not have the end of the story on page 74. However, I did cover the car as Illustrated Corvette Series No. 129 back in early ‘08. The story copy is below the CARS article scans.