(1966 Chevy Nova)
Owned by: John Wargo
Photos by: Chris Gosda
When it comes to the world of custom car building, few projects are as ambitious and rewarding as taking a drag car and turning it into a showstopper. That’s exactly what the talented team at The Custom Shop set out to do with their latest creation. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the inspiration behind this remarkable project, the journey it took to complete it, and the future plans of the builders.
The inspiration for this project was simple yet profound – to build a car that seamlessly blended the best of both worlds: the high-performance features of a drag car and the meticulous details of a show car. The idea was to create a vehicle that not only turned heads on the strip but also took home awards on the show circuit. This vision set the stage for a project that would push the boundaries of automotive customization.
The journey to transform this drag car into a showstopper was no small feat. It took approximately 7 to 8 months of dedicated work to completely renovate the vehicle. The project was helmed by an experienced builder who has been building cars since 1985, bringing decades of expertise to the table.
The car itself has a fascinating history. Originally built for John Shrewsbury back in the mid-’90s, it had already won numerous awards, including the prestigious Super Chevy Best of Show title multiple times. However, John had bigger plans for the car. He envisioned smoothing and painting the bottom of the vehicle, taking it to a whole new level. Unfortunately, life got in the way, and the project was put on hold. This is where The Custom Shop stepped in, acquiring the car and giving it a fresh start. The team began working on it in March of 2023 with the goal of showcasing it at the SEMA show in October of the same year. Remarkably, they accomplished their mission, finishing the car just in time to display it at SEMA 2023 in the SONY booth.
This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of several key partners and sponsors. A big thanks goes out to APEX LEATHER, AUTO CITY GLASS, Car-Rep, CERAKOTA, Cover Craft, C-TEX, EDDIE MOTORSPORTS, Fairchild, FLAMING RIVER, GarageDog Creations, Gold Eagle, GOODMARK IND, HAWKEYE IND, Holley, HUSHMATS, Imagine Injections, MBM BRAKES, ODYSSEY BATTERY, PAINLESS PERFORMANCE, PROSPRAY, PSTD Driveshaft, PYPES, Race Ramps, RamLift, ROADRUNNER, SATA, SCOSCHE, Sherwin–Williams, SONY, TANKS, TMI, TOYO TIRES, Tuff Stuff, Truler, U.S CHEMICALS, VINTAGE AIR, and XK GLOW for their invaluable contributions to this incredible project.
As for the future, the team at The Custom Shop has no plans to rest. Their ambition is to continue building more cool show cars and SEMA-worthy vehicles. With their track record of success and dedication to excellence, it’s safe to say that we can expect more jaw-dropping creations from them in the years to come.
In the world of custom car building, turning a drag car into a showstopper is a challenge that requires skill, dedication, and a vision. The team at The Custom Shop has proven that with the right inspiration and a committed team, anything is possible. Their latest creation is a testament to their expertise and passion for automotive craftsmanship, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next.