“Street Outlaws” star Chuck Parker, aka ‘Chuck 55″, is internationally known for his stunning, bright red 1955 Chevy with big-block nitrous power, but he’s gone in a all-new direction in choosing a sibling for the ’55.
Parker has acquired a 1966 Nova built by Kelly Harvey and was spotted at Thunder Valley Raceway Park this weekend testing this blown beast. This nasty Nova isn’t a replacement for the ’55, but is another amazing vehicle for Parkers’ collection that will possibly see some small-tire action.
The ’55 and Parker’s new Nova are polar opposites across the board, so Parker brought the car out to test after the big-tire class was canceled at Thunder Valley’s 405 Call Out event. The Nova is powered by a rowdy HEMI with a roots blower and is backed by a Lenco transmission…whereas the ’55 uses a large cubic-inch nitrous engine and a three-speed Rossler transmission. The Nova has required Parker to step out of his comfort zone, but the car’s potential will make the adjustment worth it.
Parker scored the Nova after it had exchanged hands between a few different people. The Nova was campaigned by Shawn Fink during the “Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days” series where it showed some promise on the street. Parker is still trying to figure out when and where he will race the Nova, and it still has some bugs that need to be worked out….including getting accustomed to driving something with a Lenco transmission in it.
National No Prep Racing Association recorded Parker shaking down the Nova and talked with him about how he found the car. The cool part of this video is you get to see what it’s like to drive a roots-supercharged small-tire car, from inside the cockpit, when it’s not on its best behavior.