Congratulations to Roy Pigford for taking home the 2005 Goodguys Street Machine of the Year award with his 1966 Chevy Nova. What makes Roy's car so special is that he did a claimed 99% of the work himself, after buying the car as a very mild custom from Boyd Coddington's shop. Roy chopped the top by 2 inches, flush-mounted the windshield, and, most striking of all, moved the front axle forward by 2" and the rear by 3". Ponder the size of that task for a moment. About the only fault I find with the car is that Roy chose an LT1 stroked to 383 cubes; 396 CID is possible from that mill with just a bit more stroke and is a much more appropriate displacement for an old Bowtie. It's a forgivable oversight, though, especially since it's so cool to see a guy doing his own work and winning one of the most prestigious custom-car awards in the nation.

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