Tag Archives: Nostalgia Super Stock

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!

1974 Dodge Challenger Project

This is the latest Billadeau restoration project, a genuine seventies factory backed Super Stock Dodge Challenger.  The car was built and driven by Joe Allread during 1974 to ’75 before being sold to Dave Hendricks, who raced it through to 1979.

Powered by a 360ci motor with a Nash-Chrysler 4 speed and Dana 60 rear end, the Challenger ran an 11.56 @ 126mph during it’s final season in the SS/L class. The car was then parked and remained in storage right up until 2017 when it was imported to the UK by Duncan Watts.  We took ownership in 2018 and set about bringing the car back to it’s best.

Thanks to Dave McCallan at McCallan Automotive a new rollcage was fitted, and we took the body back to bare metal.

The restoration continued throughout 2020 and we now have a finished article ready to hit the track! Hopefully it will go as well as it looks.

Adrian’s ’66 Dodge Charger

Adrian’s early Charger was fitted with a 493ci motor, a new transmission, a Sure Grip and a Turbo Action shifter was installed in the original centre console.  The hood scoop was also fitted.

The Charger returned, now complete with a period NASCAR paint scheme, to be fitted with an MSD, torsion bars, Super Stock springs and new Flowmasters exhausts.

Adrian continued to develop the Charger over the years and in 2018 we fitted a Dana 60 and Caltracs.

The Charger was back over the 2022-2023 off season for a transmission freshen up and a general health check.