Car of the Week: Kevin Grider's 1971 Chevy Nova

Car of the Week: Kevin Grider's 1971 Chevy Nova

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 Kevin Grider from Iowa Park, Texas, who owns and races a 1971 Chevy Nova.
 
How did you get into drag racing?
My father go me into racing.
 
When and where was your first race?
Tri State Dragway, Hamilton Ohio, 1984
 
What model/year do you race now?
Chevy Nova, '71
 
Does your car have a nickname?
The Purple Nova, or Born to Raise Hell Nova is on the decklid.
 
What's under the hood?
All Iron oval port 440 ci big block chevy with 11 to 1 compression, making a little over 600 hp.  Herbert solid roller with 685 lift and a 750 cfm carb I converted to run on methanol.
 
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
 
Why do you use BTE?
Honestly, I asked the best footbrake racers in my area what converter they were running and upgraded my program with what they recommended: BTE!
 
Do you have any stories about how BTE helped you improve your racing?
From day one with the new spragless converter, my car was deadly consistent and predictable.  My new BTE converter was the missing piece to make my program competitive.  After a year of racing I also upgraded my son's car with a 5000 stall BTE spragless and the results were immediate.  His car picked up two tenths and is also deadly consistent and a winner.
 
Someone you look up to in racing?
My father Charles Grider.  He is without a doubt one of the best racers I've ever seen and could bumper bolt and sand bag with the best of them.
 
If money were no object, what would you drive?
A full tube chassis, steel roof and quarter 69 Camaro with a 500 ci big block Chevy in it.
 
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
I guess it's really getting to the track and warming up the car, checking the tires and temps and trying to do everything exactly the same before every run.
Posted by Amber Ambrose at 1:48 PM