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 Chad Parry and his 1987 Buick Regal out of Rockford, IL.
How did you get into drag racing?
My father was racer and a automotive business owner, so I grew up around it. He ran a rear engine dragster when I was very young and some door cars throughout the years and I was just hooked. I was always working on anything he let me and learned a lot. I enjoyed being at the track all the time and knew then that when I grew up I would one day have my own operation and race with my family.
When and where was your first race?
My first race was when I was 16 at Byron Dragway in 1994 with a blue 1985 Chevy 1500 and I ran street eliminator.
What model/year do you race now?
This is my first season with my own car. A 1987 Buick Regal.
Does your car have a nickname?
Porky’s Revenge, but my kids call it Lightning McQueen.
What's under the hood?
Layne Automotive oval port steel headed 468 solid roller motor.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Tranny internals and a BTE 8” converter
Why do you use BTE?
I ran another brand converter at the start of the season and the car was slow and inconsistent. My engine builder Anthony Layne recommend calling Neil at BTE. I picked up .4 and car became deadly. I am extremely happy.
Someone you look up to in racing?
My all-time favorite driver is Warren Johnson. I think his do-it-yourself work ethic is something I try to follow. I also look up to Kelly Spears, a local bracket racer that has won many races. He really took me under his wing and gave me a real shot at racing behind their 7-second dragster. l really learned a lot from him and we race together now. Also my engine builder Anthony Layne, another great driver. And myself for being able to make big changes in my life and become sober. It will be 3 years on 9/18/12.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I'd run the same car now with some updates and have a second car: a dragster. I would race big money bracket races and probably a few NHRA national events.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I do, but it's a secret. It keeps me calm and focused on the starting line and I do it in time runs and eliminations.
Thanks goes out to my wife Martha Parry, engine builder Anthony Layne along with Ed & Kelly Spears, BTE, JEGS and Quickfuel.