In my own humble opinion, the first generation Chevrolet Monte Carlo is about as visually appealing an automobile as any ever produced. Big men tend to prefer big cars (coupes only – for hot rodding) and that certainly holds true for me. The problem is that the larger cars weigh more and often have the power and torque of a hamster on a wheel. The 1970 Monte Carlo SS, after all, delivered only about 280hp to the rear wheels despite having a mammoth 7.4-liter engine with a four-barrel carburetor. Things only went down from there, horsepower wise, for 1971 and 1972.
To offset the gargantuan tonnage of these vehicles, many racers turned to superchargers and turbochargers. That’s exactly the strategy that Mike Roy implemented to make an impression at Drag Week 2016. Mike and his crew have done a beautiful job of putting together this behemoth (4,085-pounds). It has a 540 cubic-inch big block Dart Racing (aluminum) engine with RFD (aluminum) cylinder heads and twin 88-millimeter turbochargers. Mike has been campaigning this car, with the same engine and turbochargers, for more than fifteen-years (with a lot of refreshing along the way) and he has no plans to slow down.
This team tackled Drag Week and walked away with a average ET in the mid-seven-second range and an average trap speed of 185 mph – not too bad for a classic heavy-weight.