Larry Larson drives a street legal 1966 Chevy Nova on NHRA Dragstrips all over the country. The thing that separates Larson from other racers on the circuit is that he’ll actually DRIVE his street legal rod from race to race – no trailer.
During Hot Rod Drag Week in 2009, Larson’s winning 1966 Nova ran its first ever 6-second pass at the The Strip in Las Vegas, which is amazing for a 3,500-pound car. This beast kicked a 6.934 at 211.59 on Saturday during the PSCA Street Car Super Nationals.
Larry bought the car in 1988 as a clean back-half car that was a roller. It had ladder bars, leaf springs with sliders, and a cage. In typical project car fashion, the Nova underwent many engine and trans combos and chassis setups, until one day Larry went nuts and cut the floors out of it completely. It was time for a tube chassis. Every bit of the floor and firewall is now carbon fiber, but the only body panel that isn’t steel is the hood. Even the bumpers are real steel.
The engine has never been on a dyno, but according to the math, it takes 2,300-plus horsepower to get 3,500 pounds of Nova to go 211 mph in the quarter. Ready to see it in action? Click on the vid and hold on tight. Too bad there weren’t more fans on hand to witness history. Enjoy!