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 David Winklepeck of Arboles, CO and his 1973 Chevy Vega hatchback.
How did you get into drag racing?
I was hooked on drag racing in 1968 at the age of 18.
When and where was your first race?
My first race was in 1969.
What model/year do you race now?
I drive a 1973 Chevrolet Vega hatchback. I bought this car new April 15,1973 from Burt Chevrolet in Englewood Colorado.
Does your car have a nickname?
We call the Vega our “Little Hot Rod.”
What's under the hood?
The engine is a 1968 327 from a rolled corvette. I put in the engine in 1975. In the winter of 2015 I took this same engine to the max and turned it into a 360 ci.
Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
There’s a BTE torque converter in the trans. I bought it used in 2015.
Why do you use BTE?
I have had good service from the BTE part I bought.
Someone you look up to in racing?
I have always followed Bill Jenkins, The Grump.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
Camaro pro stock if I had unlimited cash. (LOL)
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Before I race, I always use a practice tree.