Category Archives: Signwriting / Graphics

Russo’s Rat ’69 Chevrolet Chevelle

Russo’s Rat was originally built and raced in the US by Frank Russo in 1969 and the early 70s, before being sold and exported to the UK where it raced at Santa Pod in 1974. Since then it has been switched between road use and strip use numerous times. Chris Goodale first bought the car in 1999 used for both the strip then the street but he eventually sold it on. It was soon reacquired by Chris with the intention of taking it back to it’s 1970s glory days, which got underway in 2021.

Billadeau Speed oversaw the full body off restoration project from start to finish, working alongside a whole bunch of talented people – Ash Rawson at APR Bodyworks, Tim Holmes, Bri Whitfield at Roberts Motor Bodies, Craig Ainge, Dave McCallan, Ben Rushforth at EDA, Roger Luty, and more.

As you can see, the end result is absolutely stunning! The EDA built 548 big block Chevy under hood produced 750hp at the dyno.

The restored car made it’s debut in Nostalgia Super Stock at Santa Pod’s Festival of Power 2023. Check out these great wheels up pics from Eurodragster’s Julian Hunt.

Chris’s ’69 Chevrolet Camaro

Chris’s stunning Camaro has had various jobs completed at Billadeau Speed, and features classic super stock style sign writing by Craig Ainge.

Chris also has brought in the original Russo’s Rat ’69 Chevelle and it’s with us for a full restoration to take it back to it’s glory days of 1974. Look out for a full post with more details later in the year!

Bri’s ’69 Dodge Coronet

Having sold his ’68 Charger, Bri acquired this Coronet from Duncan Watts, who imported it into the country.  The car came straight to us for MOT work, wiring and to fit ally heads.  With iron heads, the car had previously run into the 10.9s in the States.

Several years later, Bri brought his Coronet in for an engine bay repaint, transmission rebuild and a 540ci engine was fitted.

Bri freshened up the Coronet in 2015 with some sign writing completed by Craig Ainge, while we added a little airbrush work to finish off the Super Stock styling.

John’s ’68 Dodge Dart

A regular American Super Stock competitor, John’s Dart came in for engine work and graphics.  The 440 engine features forged pistons, ported heads and a mechanical cam.  The vinyl graphics bring the car to life with a true Super Stock style.

Back again at Billadeau Speed several years later, John’s Dart came in to be fitted with the HEMI which used to power Dave’s Fury.  The valve gear was refitted and it was up and running.  ‘Reckless’ went on to run 11.2s at the 2013 Mopar Nats.