Car of the Week: Big Ray Salyers' 1971 El Camino

Car of the Week: Big Ray Salyers' 1971 El Camino

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 come to you from Xenia, Ohio where Big Ray Salyers races his 1971 El Camino.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
I grew up in the suburbs of Dayton Ohio in the 60s and 70s where fast cars were everywhere and I lived only a few miles from Kil-Kare Dragway. I had to have a fast car when I turned 16 so in 1976 I bought a 1964 Chevy II that had a high compression 327 engine and a 4 speed. The mold was set.
 
Where do you live?
Xenia, Ohio
 
When and where was your first race?
My first race was against my buddy Andy Wado’s 442 on State Route 42 outside of Xenia, Ohio.
 
What model/year do you race now?
I race a ‘71 El Camino.
 
What's under the hood?
468 Big Block Chevy
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE TH400 Full Manual Transmission body, sprag and clutch kit.
 
Why do you use BTE?  
I Run BTE products because I only want the best.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
I was really impressed by Bo Butner last season. I was thrilled he won the Pro Stock Championship flying the Bo Bandit colors and he really hooked me up for Christmas!
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money wasn't an object I’d have a COPO Camaro or Yenko as a daily driver.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Pre-race is all about having a plan, being calm and execution. I seem to struggle more with the execution part more than anything else!
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