1968 Chevy Chevelle
Ryan Hamilton, West Chester, OH
Best E.T.: 11.03/123.9
Seventeen years ago, when it was time to purchase his first car, Ryan Hamilton had muscle on his mind, thanks to a childhood full of car shows and days at the dragstrip. He looked at Challengers, Roadrunners, Camaros, and Chevelles, but all of them either needed too much work, or were just out of his lawn mowing and dish washing budget. Persistence paid though, and a solid '68 Chevelle with a 396 big-block and a four-speed turned up for the right price of $2,500. For the next couple of years, it took Ryan to school, work, and everywhere in between.
Until 1995 that is. A day's worth of drag racing in the low 13-second range took out the 396, leaving Ryan the perfect excuse to build a better big-block. First, the Chevelle was stripped down and treated to a fresh coat of Quasar Blue Metallic, then BES Racing assembled a 427ci big-block using parts Ryan had been collecting at swap meets. Paired with a Turbo 350 with a 4,000-stall converter and M/T ET Streets, Ryan usually got one low 11-second pass per night before being canned for not having a rollcage. That setup provided trouble-free fun for the next 10 years.
Nowadays, with a good job as a machinist and programmer, Ryan decided to pull the 427 for a mild freshening of the bearing, rings, and gaskets at BES. This time, however, once the engine came home, the Muncie was retuned to its rightful place behind it. Why? Because it's more fun grabbing gears in an 11-second street car!