Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our loyal customers and drag racing fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today we're featuring Rich Reed from Champaign Illinois, who owns and races a 1966 Chevelle Super Sport.
How did you get interested in drag racing?
Went to a drag strip with friends and family at a young age...I should have stayed home, lol!
When and where was your first drag race?
1986 Coles County dragway in Charleston Illinois
What model/year do you race now? Any special features?
1966 Chevelle Super Sport. There's a lot of "one of's" in the car that I know when the time comes for my son to take over the car, he'll be cussing me due to the fact that he won't be able to run to an auto store to buy a replacement.
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
496ci big block Chevy
Which BTE Racing products do you use in your vehicle?
We have a BTE converter, and will be buying another soon
Why do you use BTE? How has BTE helped you improve your racing?
I have friends and family who use BTE and highly recommended their products. I spoke with BTE in length on car/motor specs and what I was needing. The car needed to be calmed down off the brake and more consistency throughout the run. They made things work!
Describe BTE Racing in 3 words.
Knowledgeable helpful stout
Who is a drag racer you look up to?
John Force. There’s rarely a dull moment around him, and his passion for the sport is second to none
If money were no object, what would your dream car be?
What is your proudest drag racing moment?
Getting texts from kids all over the country on race weekends to wish me good luck or ask how our day is going! Through drag racing, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a member of Team Roxxie Racing who reaches out to kids all over the country in children's hospitals or at home to let them know we're cheering for them. I've had the pleasure of getting to know several families across the country!
Why do you race?
Friends, family, competition and to see how long something I've built can stay together..lol
What is your biggest challenge as a driver?
Judging the stripe!