Sometimes simpler is faster
|Often we do featured cars that
show the shine and restored original nature of our Chevelles and El
Caminos. From time to time, though, it's good to take a step back
and look at the other aspects of our hobby. I happen to be an NHRA
Drag Racing junkie. Others, like Chevelle Club member Patrick
Franco are road racing fans.
Pat is a real hands on guy. I know this because I have crawled under a car or two with him. When someone says "I need some help with my car" Pat is the first to put his hand up to volunteer. He knows what he's doing and you can see it in his '64 Malibu as it comes screaming out of a turn on a "down hill" at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, Ca.
He takes the number off the side of the car for cruises and car shows.... you know, to "just be one of the guys", but don't be messing with him when you two are side by side at the next traffic light.
|Pat took the simple
approach. Make it simple, light and fast, but he didn't skimp on
the interior. Simple, yes. Plain, NO. The picture
doesn't show it well, but Pat has full racing gauges and built in illuminated
rocker switches to keep it simple, but tell him everything he needs to
know. The seats are good looking and comfortable and hold him in
tight during those tight, fast turns. Even the shifter is
understated, attaching to a Richmond 5 speed tranny.
This car bring new meaning to the old adage:
|Having worked side by side
with Pat on Steve Blum's new '69 Super Sport I'd have to say this
picture says it all. There is Pat, an unassuming "mild mannered
reported from a large metropolitan daily newspaper". He's the
picture of low key, but Clark Kent he's not. Pat loves to
race. He loves to build, and he loves to cruise with the Chevelle
Be sure to say hi to Pat when you see him at a Club event. It's really hard to miss him when he drives up and he can talk for hours about road racing. If you're lucky he might even know what that "clunk" in your car is, that you've been unable to find.