We’re just 44 days out from the start of HOT ROD Drag Week 2016, and we’re starting to see a bevy of builds come together. However, there’s one build that especially caught our eye: Larry Dixon is bringing his 1966 Nova SS to hell week! Will the 1995 NHRA Rookie of the Year bring the same heat to his first year of Drag Week? You bet, and it’s with a little help from Chevrolet Performance Parts.
Dixon has owned this Nova since 1988, when he bought it off a buddy for $700 after it was back-burnered for nearly a year. Dixon tossed in a venerable small-block 350 and TH350 combo with 3.73s, and went out to run 11s with a little bit of bottled help (even when it meant running a last-pass Hail Mary to avoid getting an earful about the lack of cage) . When Don Prudhomme pulled Dixon into the pits of the NHRA as a crew member, he carried the Nova with him. Despite the new paychecks, the car was never painted as Dixon took the reins from Prudhomme in 1994 to drive his Top Fueler.
Now that life has settled down for Dixon, he’s pulling the Nova back out for Drag Week. With the help of Chevrolet, he’s also tossing a 650 hp, 650 lb-ft LT4 crate motor under the hood — the same LT4 that resides under The General’s Corvette Z06, Cadillac CTS-V, and Camaro ZR1. Co-driver Eric Reyes, who is also a Drag Week rookie, will be joining him.
You can follow the build with our friends at DragZine, and keep an eye out for his white Nova in the Street Race Small Block Power Adder class at HOT ROD Drag Week 2016.