Andy Thomas #26 (c/n
R F Racing shop -
"Release the Kraken"
Hayward, CA - June 7,
by Andy Thomas)
Chevrolet Monza GT has a full tube-frame and was built
about 1980, by an unknown individual from the Oregon and
Washington state area, which lies within the Northern
Pacific Division SCCA. It is said that car was built for
SCCA Trans-Am pro racing. The car has a rear bulkhead
partition with a window port behind the driver's seat.
It is unclear whether the car was originally raced, as
it then sat in storage for 25-30 years.
Stice, of Rick's Hot Rods in Salem, Oregon, became the
second owner around 2005. Stice replaced the original
race engine with a "crate" 350 engine and drove it
around town to car shows. Stice moved to Mexico and left
the car with friend Gary Eichman, who builds drag cars
and sold the Monza in 2009.
Andy Thomas is an enthusiastic third owner of the car
and has had much work performed on his car. Improvements
include a new Chevrolet small-block 377 cu. in. V8 race
prepared engine and Crower mechanical fuel injection
with velocity stacks. A new Super T-10 with helical
gears replaced the existing four-speed transmission. The
body also received a new period correct front spoiler
and IMSA style rear wing. Rick Freeman of R F Racing in
California has performed much of the work. So far the
car has been raced in one SCCA vintage race at Laguna
Seca and a couple of open track days.