The big-body Impala have been one of the go-to canvases for hot rodders for decades — they’ve been everything from family haulers to race day money-makers. Homewrecker Motorsports’1963 Chevrolet Impala, the Gudfar (Norwegian for Godfather), is not only a full-steel-and-glass heavyweight, but also one of the most belligerent no-prep machines we’ve ever seen. It’s a fresh build, so owner Jamond Haug, and his brother Todd, have more work to do to dial in the Impala’s stability, but the resultis spectacular to watch.
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This Whipple R980screw-blown, BAE 540 ci billetHemi-powered Impala is an all-steel, all-glass, full-interior back-half carthat weighs in at 3,750 pounds. Hell, this monster is still street-legal, according to the state of Nebraska.The Haug brothers built the car in their garage with the helpful brains ofShannon Beeler at BDRC race cars and Blake at 417motorsports, and are using it as something of aweekend toy for no-prep racing and other shenanigans.
With about 2,700 hp, Gudfar hustles down the eighth with ridiculous speed when it hooks. And, that “when it hooks” is the important part. This race was something of a shakedown for the Haug brothers, which brings the usual quirks. Despite the lack of traction, the Gudfar is still able to take more than a few wins during its initial showing at the Ozark Raceway Park and I29 Dragway no-prep events, where 1320 Video caught the spectacle. And while you could say that the Impala’s aircraft-carrier wheelbase helps keep it off the wall, you really have to credit Jamond’s driving for keeping it mostly straight while fighting the rear slicks.