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 Greg Coats from Petal, MS and his 1969 Chevelle Malibu.
How did you get into drag racing?
I grew up around uncles, cousins, and friends that would race anything, so I guess it's in my blood.
When and where was your first race?
Hub City Dragway, sometime around 1991 in a bone stock '89 Camaro.
What model/year do you race now?
1969 Chevelle Malibu
Does your car have a nickname?
Every time we win a race, I pat it on the dash right before turning off the track onto the return road, and tell the "Ol' Girl" she did good. So, I guess "Ol' Girl" is the car's nickname.
What's under the hood?
10:1 496 with Dart Heads machined by Russ Miley Racing Engines, assembled in Greasy's Garage by me and Russ Ford. Engine has pushed this 3900 pound car to a 6.63 @ 102, 1.42 60' time.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Loads of BTE parts in my powerglide- pro transbrake, pan, clutches, input shaft, etc.
Why do you use BTE?
Fast shipping and the great parts- the results speak for themselves!
Someone you look up to in racing?
The late, great Curtis Moffett. Curtis never had the best (far from it) cars- probably never even owned a new set of slicks. But Curtis was one of the best racers I've ever met, very competitive, and a super nice guy whether he won or lost. He proved that you don't need the latest trick of week part to win races, and did everything on his cars himself. He was one of the last of a dying breed.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
The same car I'm driving! We've owned this car since the early '90s, and my Dad did a lot of work on this car. There's better cars out there, without a doubt, but this car has too much sentimental value for me to drive anything else.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Relax, prayer for safety of me and the racer in the other lane, check delay box, fire it up and do work!