Car of the Week: Garett Beaver's 1973 Jeep

Car of the Week: Garett Beaver's 1973 Jeep

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, we're featuring Garett Beaver from Dalton, GA, and his 1973 Jeep.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My dad got me into racing. He raced throughout his youth—everything from a '57 fuelie Chevy to a fuel-injected Anglia.
 
When and where was your first race?
My dad built the '73 Jeep in '76, and we started 300' dirt drags and traveled the eastern US. My first car was a big block El Camino.
 
What model/year do you race now?
We put the Jeep back on the street, AMC 304 and all.
 
What's under the hood?
After hearing it, I had to do something different to the Jeep. I went with SBC power. Scat bottom, decent aluminum heads with a carburetor on a single plate.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I currently have a BTE flexplate and a second hand converter in a TH350.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I have dozens of friends that are avid BTE users in their dragsters and bracket cars and are all wanting me to go to one of the Glides.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Every time I snap the harness, I look up to my Dad in Heaven and say, "Let's go for a ride."
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I was chosen in 2012 to buy a Central Office Production Order (COPO) Camaro #39. With 3 kids starting college, I was blessed with the opportunity to sell it and nearly cover their educations. If I could drive any car, no matter the money, I'd drive the 2012 COPO #39 I sold for the family.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Before each day at the track, do a full visual, all fluids, check steering and brakes on the return road and check every safety strap from bolt to buckle.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 10:59 AM