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. Let us introduce you to Justin Purcell of Mineral Wells, TX and his 1980 Chevy Malibu.
How did you get into drag racing?
Drag racing is the family business. My great grandfather, my grandfather, and my father all drag raced in their younger days. It was only fitting for me to one day follow in their footsteps.
When and where was your first race?
My first race was when I was about 20 years old. It was in my first Malibu at the Ellis White Raceway here in Mineral Wells.
What model/year do you race now?
Today I race a 1980 Chevy Malibu.
Does your car have a nickname?
What's under the hood?
The car is powered by a Morgan and Son 421 cu. in. small block Chevy race engine with a heavy dose of nitrous provided by Nitrous Outlet and a powerglide with a badass torque converter built by you guys.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
Why do you use BTE?
If you'll look at the photo of my car looking at the moon you will see why I use your converters. This pass was after I had just switch to one of your spragless converters. Needless to say we made more power than we ever had that night.
Someone you look up to in racing?
The person that I look up to the most is "Stevie Fast" Jackson. He's a true hard working racer who isn't scared to take risks or tell it like it is. Love him or hate you gotta respect him.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
If money were no object I would continue to drive Great White. Of course the car would be a 100 times better and faster, but I can honestly say I am driving my dream car.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Kiss my wife, say a quick prayer, purge the nitrous through the motor 4 times, and then let it eat!!!