Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Car of the Week: Chris Livingood's 1977 Chevy Vega

Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about Chris Livingood (yes, that's his real name) from Ottawa, Kansas and his 1977 Chevy Vega.

How did you get into drag racing?
I’m a third generation racer. I spent a majority of my weekends as a child at the race track watching my dad.

When and where was your first race?
My first time in competition was at Kansas City International Raceway around the age of 16.

What model/year do you race now?
1977 Chevy Vega

What's under the hood?
A 421 SBC built by Driskell Race Engines in Wellsville, KS

Which BTE products do you use in your vehicle?
I’m running a BTE torque converter and a Williams Powerglide filled with all BTE internals.

Why do you use BTE?
The reliability of the product and the great customer support. Prior to switching to BTE, I battled with other companies trying to find the right converter for my application. After several unsuccessful attempts I was referred to BTE by a transmission builder. I provided my engine specifications and desired converter stall and the BTE team got it right the first time. It was great customer experience!

Someone you look up to in racing?
My dad got me interested in cars and introduced me to bracket racing. He showed me that it doesn’t take a big budget to be competitive.

If money were no object, what would you drive?
I would add a dragster or roadster to my garage. I would also like to travel across the country and compete in more big money races.

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