Welcome to our new series, Car of the Week, where we feature BTE customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to drive and race. Today’s spotlight is on Anthony "Tony Boy" Andrade of Pahala, Hawaii and his '68 Chevy Nova.
How did you get into drag racing?
My father was a hot rodder and street racer and he used to take me to the drag races from a young age. I loved the sounds, the feel and the excitement.
When and where was your first race?
The first place I raced was at the Hilo Drag Strip. In 2012, my first pass was a 13.1 at 101.
What model/year do you race now?
68 Chevy Nova
Does your car have a nickname?
The name of the car is “It's about time!" because it took me 10 years to build, and when you’re racing, it’s ‘about time.’
What's under the hood?
The block is the only Chevy part on there everything else is aftermarket: 4.030 bore, 3.75 stroke.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
No BTE parts in the car…yet.
Why do you use BTE?
The reason I checked out BTE is because some of my fellow racers have BTE transmissions and they take a lickin and keep on tickin!
Someone you look up to in racing?
Santos Renovales from Santos Turbo. His motto is the same as me: “Don't let off.”
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I'd probably get a Charles Carpenter original 55 Chevy Bel Air.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Sorry, no pre-race ritual. I'm a happy go lucky guy.