Car of the Week: David Jordan's 1977 Corvette

Car of the Week: David Jordan's 1977 Corvette

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 David Jordan from Greensboro, NC and his 1977 Chevy Corvette.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
While growing up my family was into Circle Track Racing. My dad, brother and cousin all proved to be successful racers during that time.
After a 10 year absence from racing, I decided to make a trip to the local drag strip. After a few trips I thought, “This looks like fun and it sure beats fixing wrecked cars every week.” So, having never raced anything myself, I bought a car off of Craigslist and decided to go drag racing at the ripe old age of 52.
 
When and where was your first race?
Spring of 2014 at Piedmont Dragway, Julian NC. It’s really the only place I race.  I’d like to get out to some other tracks, but it’s just tough to get the time and logistics worked out.
 
What model/year do you race now?
’77 Corvette. The one and only drag car I’ve ever driven.
Does your car have a nickname?
Most people just refer to it as “The Blue Vette."
 
What's under the hood?
426 Small Block Chevrolet built by Brett Nesbitt at Nesbitt Performance Engines.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
BTE Bracket Glide transmission and converter which was purchased through Luke Bogacki.
 
Why do you use BTE?
I felt that BTE was the best product and best value. And if it’s good enough for Luke Bogacki, then it’s more than good enough for me.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
Wow that’s tough! For racing in general it would be my dad, brother and cousin. For all time drag racing it would be Big Daddy Don Garlits. For big time bracket racing it would be Luke Bogacki, Scotty Richardson and Peter Biondo. On a local level it would be Rick Whaley, Tommy Plott, Keith Floyd, Hank McGee and John Lassiter to name few.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If I were younger I’d say a Blown Hemi Pro Mod. At my age now, I would stay with the car I have, with a Blown Small Block Chevy to have the look of a small Pro Mod. Not so much for horsepower, but more for the sound and looks. I just like Blower Motors.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Don’t know that I really have one. If I do it’s the fact that I rarely ever get out of the car once in the staging lanes. My brother takes care of things outside the car so I usually just sit in the car, relax and focus on what I need to do. I should probably get out more, walk the lanes and be more sociable like everyone else, But I rarely do.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 8:22 AM