Gas 2’s Recycled Hawtness series is all about people who looked at a junky old clunker and saw something awesome. For a while, it looked like the Singer Porsches would be the all-time resto-mod champions, and their recent turn on TopGear and the addition of my old friend, Max “Ponyboy” Archer, to their staff didn’t hurt that assessment. Then I found DScott’s DIY NASCAR Chevelle, and my world changed.
Mr. Scott started this build a few years ago, when he found himself in possession of both a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle and a 1999 NASCAR Chevy Monte Carlo stock car. Faced with an infinite universe of infinite possibilities, Scott did what any red-blooded gearhead would assure you was the only thing he could do: he mashed them together to create a street-legal, Chevelle-bodied, Winston Cup racecaARRRR-RR-R!! Sorry. That was involuntary.
Here’s what Mr. Scott started with …
… and here are the steps our man took …
… to end up with this.
Not bad, I think, for what had amounted to a few thousand pounds of scrap and pig iron just a few months before – and, while the engine itself might not be especially green, at least Scott didn’t burn up all the resources needed to mine ore, transport it, refine it, ship it again, shape it, mold it, and form it into … what do people buy these days? Right. F-series Ford pickups and Nissan Leafs. Fine vehicles, I’m sure, but I’d rather have me a NASCAR Chevelle.
What about you, dear readers? Does this street-legal NASCAR Chevelle do it for you? Would you, like me, rather have a proper Days of Thunder Lumina, or are you a Ford guy, like Demorro? Let us know in the comments, below.