Back in 1995 I was fresh out of college and spending my summer cruising around from town to town checking out the local street scene. At the time I had a pretty nice 1966 Chevelle. From the surface she looked pretty stock and plain Jane, and that is how I liked it.
I tried to keep the car as low key as possible. Unlike most people I didn’t want to put flashy Super Sport badges on my car or advertise that there was anything other than a small block hiding under my hood. My Chevelle had no flashy rims or wide meats sticking out of the back wheel wells, just the stock looking rims and a set of Mickey Thompson cheater slicks that might just give a hint to what this car was up to.
If you were to look inside of my 66 Chevelle you really would not think much of it just a clean stock looking black interior with a Hurst four speed and three low key gauges mounted under the dash. Under the hood of my car is where this car really shined. Nothing fancy hiding under there just a clean stock looking big block Chevy with painted valve covers and a stock looking air filter sporting a 325 horsepower 396 cubic inch sticker. If you just happened to talk me into lifting the hood for you this is where I had you. Because tucked underneath that stock looking air filter with the 325 horsepower sticker was a very stout 427 cubic inch big block Chevy.
It was this low key look that hooked them, and then it was up to me to reel them in. I remember my buddies and I cruised up and down many a main street that summer. We would cruised my Chevelle up and down the local strips mostly just idling her through, never really revving her up or getting on it. Just a low key Chevelle trying not to draw attention to ourselves so that we could set our trap.
Many a guy stepped into the trap that we set that summer, always thinking that they were going up against a mostly stock car. Boy were they wrong. I did not win every race that summer, but by the time fall rolled around my little low key 66 Chevelle had quite a name for itself and gained the respect that it deserved.
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