Have you ever come across a car that you could not turn your eyes away from? That typically happens once you've caught sight of Jimmy Teague's 1967 Chevy Nova. Competing under the Top Sportsman/Gas classes of the NHRA, Teague is an incredibly experienced drag racer from Sanger, California. He runs his own paint/body work business "JimmyT Paint" and is partners with Double Z Hot Rods. His talent is reflected through the beautiful cars and custom projects that roll through the shop.
"At the shop, we build street rods and also do restorations. Anything from simple paint jobs to engine swaps. Basically we do everything except auto glass and upholstery," he explains.
Double Z Hot Rods has also built cars in the 2-3 hundred thousand dollar range and is currently working on a car to compete for the famous Detroit Autorama Ridler Award.
Teague's Nova is definitely a race car that any enthusiast could appreciate and its incredibly well executed combination of form and function is something to admire. The paint color called "Kandy Brandy Wine" is the most distinctive aspect of the the car. As well, the not so subtle SSI top fuel blower protruding above the hood certainly leaves an impression.
The body of the Nova is actually a fiberglass kit made by Tim McAmis Performance Parts. The car is powered by an all-billet 458 cubic inch Alan Johnson 481-X engine (based on the big block Chevy), with Stage II heads. Alan Johnson is recognized for producing NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car engines capable of handling extreme boost power. The 481-X platform is no exception and also serves as an alternative to the traditional Hemi engine.
The motor has been topped with a 14-71 blower by Supercharger Systems Inc. Teague selected a Spec Rite Powerglide transmission for the drag car and had the 6.0 certified chromoly chassis built by Sarmento's Fabrication in Yuba City, California.
The Nova makes about 1500-2500 horsepower depending on the overdrive and tune. His best elapsed time to date on "a soft tune up" is 6.90 @204mph with a lot left in it. Teague currently races the Nova multiple times each year at his favorite track, Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, California.