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Chevelle History

Shaker Chevelle

Shaker Automotive

Shaker Automotive started when the new Chevelle entered the Rosebush Racing Family. The first year Terry and Randy ran the Chevelle as an N/Stocker the next year  Super Stock was the New class and the first Chevelle became an SS/P Super Stocker.

First Chevelle

When the first Chevelle was built in our garage the car was completely disassembled and inspected. Sandblasting, welding the frame, and painting all the suspension parts epoxy black was the first step. Secondly, the body panels were stripped and painted white to fit the chassis. After the rolling Super Stocker was finished it would be shipped to Stan Gravis in Midland Mi for the psychedelic paint job. Returning to our shop we didn’t know what to think, but after the car was outfitted with trim we fell in love with the finished look. To our amazement the first time down the drag strip the car ran on the NHRA national record, the rest is history.

We Need a Roll Cage

After the devastating crash to move forward with Rosebush Racing there had to be more safety in our team. We decided a 4130 Chrome Molly cage would give the driver better protection, so the first-ever Super Stocker was fully outfitted & received the 6 point roll cage. Thanks to Victor Sharon & Mike (Doc) Watson the cage was fit and welded into place. Now it’s off to the races.

After the Crash

The 2nd Chevelle hardtop was purchased out of Saginaw Mi and built with the same standards as the first. The underside of this Super Stocker was painted black for a little better maintenance between races. The tires and wheels were also updated along with a few paint modifications. This car was raced for one season before NHRA changed the weight break & building the convertible became necessary to remain in SS/P. There are 39 lbs. of difference in weight between a coupe and convertible, the convertible having a full-frame proved to be faster than the hardtop.

First Convertible

The 3 build for Rosebush Racing was a 1965 convertible 300 series found in Essexville Mi. Again built with the same structure and design the project ended up with a full cage, upgrades with New Cragar Super Trick wheels, Sommers Brothers axles & the Pro Series  617 Ring & Pinion. This combination played out to be the fastest of the first three Chevelles built by Rosebush Racing.

Blue Convertible

In 1979 looking for a new look Rosebush Racing connected with B&B custom in Saginaw, Mi and blue was the choice. Blended stripes & a blue top finished the new look. The first time out the car was picked as Best Appearing Car at the Northern Nationals in Milan Michigan. Yet another upgrade to a Nash gear gave us a better gear solution and much more durability. Again a little faster with the standard trans before the car would be converted to a Power Glide and new driver.

Yellow Chevelle

The Yellow Chevelle with another new look became interesting when our Company needed to develop a Hard Core Drag Race cooling module. Rule updates allow ported cylinder heads, needed safety improvements and again new tire & wheel combos. This version wins the 50th Anniversary at the US Nationals and is our first Chevelle in the 10 seconds setting a National Record in Montgomery Alabama.

Be Cool Chevelle

The last version of the Chevelle with the 292 CID engine was to feather Be Cool as the New look with David being the new driver. This updated combination featured the Corporate look, Jerico Transmission, JDE Cylinder Heads & new Tires & Wheels. Winning class at Columbus Ohio and the Us Nationals was this year’s accomplishments.

The Last Be Cool Modifications

 

COPO TurnKey Chevelle

Experience Counts!

This 50-year Racing Career allows us to show some history, share some of the evolution, that we contributed to the sport of racing. It’s also important for us to capture this information and share it w/the racing community, continue our involvement on future projects and have some fun in the process.