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, it’s all about Jim Coryat out of Boise, ID and his 1967 Chevy Nova SS.
How did you get into drag racing?
I've been a fan of drag racing since I was 10 when I collected racing cards with my brother. The first race I actually attended was the 1979 World Finals in Spokane, WA when I was 17. I raced a 1972 CJ5 with an AMC 360 ci motor a couple times in 1982. I built my first drag car, a 1996 S10 extended cab pickup with a mild 454 ci motor (which turned into a three year project), and started racing regularly in 2011.
When and where was your first race?
1982 at Spokane Raceway Park
What model/year do you race now?
1967 Chevy Nova SS (Still have the S10 too.)
Does your car have a nickname?
Brutus - There's just nothing delicate about this car.
What's under the hood?
582 ci BBC, Dart Big M std deck, 14:1, ported Brodix 345, ported Sniper II, blueprinted 1050 dominator
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
5600 stall converter, SFI Case, Tailshaft
Why do you use BTE?
I like the quality of workmanship, transmission builder recommendations, deadly consistency and durability.
Someone you look up to in racing?
Really anybody that has shown they are skilled at the sport and is still very approachable. I attended Frank Hawley's drag race school (classroom only), and the guy was amazing with the way he presented complex topics, then common sense troubleshooting approaches and solutions. It made a huge difference in my racing program's success.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Dragsters really don't do anything for me, so I would drive a 1963 'vette top sportsman car, all motor. The more cubes the better! I don't have any aspirations to race in the pro circuit.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Once I know who I'm racing, I formulate my racing strategy, then strap in and relax, roll my head on my neck loosening up, relax my breathing, visualize nailing the tree and taking the win light.