NHRA Northwest Division Summit ET Finals

What you will see are cars like, Kevin Youngs’ home built Angelia that he affectionately calls a “Blivet”. For those who did not serve in the military, blivet is the term for “Ten pounds of (crap) in a five-pound bag.”


Youngs, who reside, in Tumwater, Wash., and represented Pacific Raceways stated that “Years ago I decided I wanted to build a car, so I taught myself to weld and took about two years of nights and weekends to build the chassis and hang the body.” Youngs painted the car himself and purchased a big block crate motor for it. “It was another two years of figuring out how to make it go straight, but it does now and the car is a lot of fun to drive.”

Youngs’ car commands a great deal of attention, from not only fans but also from racers.

Another car that draws a great deal of attention is the ride of Richard Dietrich from Portland, Oregon, who represented Portland International Raceway at the ET Finals.


Dietrich is another racer who decided to go in a much different direction. Dietrich had an all steel bodied ’41 Chevrolet, and wanted to make a safe, secure racecar. Dietrich decided to put a Pro Stock style chassis under it.


“I was looking for someone to build the car and so one of my friends recommended this guy who is local and I called and asked if he builds racecars, and he said, ‘Yeah, I have done a couple.’ So I asked him if he would be interested in doing the ‘41, and he said ‘Yeah, I have never done a door car before, it would be fun.’”


That car builder is Brad Hadman, Top Fuel and alcohol dragster builder of the stars.


Conventional thinking is big car equals big motor. Well, in this case it didn’t work. “We had a big engine in the car and it didn’t like it; but we put the 598 in it and it works perfectly,” Dietrich explained.