Larry Bell isn't your run-of-the-mill True Street competitor for a variety of reasons. First, he didn't even know about the class until we told him about it. We first discovered Larry's Corvair a few months before Joliet, and asked him-scratch that, begged him-to participate. If ever there was a car perfect for this class, this is it. Larry built the entire car himself, right down to the body and paint. Starting with a totaled '67 Corvair that belonged to his dad, Larry fixed it up, and dropped the body onto an '85 Monte Carlo chassis. This gave him instant access to plentiful G-body suspension components, and provided plenty of room for the 455 Buick he had waiting in the wings. The Buick-powered beast runs on a steady diet of ordinary pump gas, and knocks down high 10s on motor for a total outlay of $13,000. And beyond Larry's mechanical aptitude, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that Larry is just about the kindest soul we've ever met at a racetrack. With kind words, a fun attitude, and a helpful hand to all who seek it, Larry's presence is always felt in a good way. He quickly earned the name "Smilin' Larry" at our photo shoot, which ran well into the wee hours of the morning. Look for a full feature on Larry's Corvair soon.
1967 Chevy Corvair Larry Bell Occupation: Operator Hometown: Moro, IL Best Prior e.t.: 10.96/123 True Street e.t. Average: 11.041