Seriously Huffed

Posted: 16th March 2017 by ToadHollowPhoto in Motor Gathering, Photography
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The story of The Three Little Pigs saw the Big Bad Wolf huffing and puffing, trying desperately to blow the little piggies house down.  I am pretty sure if he had a huffer like the one we see sitting atop the fire-breathing V8 in this classic Chevrolet Supercharged Nova, he would have been able to verily render asunder the brick house that thwarted that wolf so.  Poor wolf.

Blown Chevrolet Nova - Supercharged Nova - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Blown Chevrolet Nova – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

At first glance from a distance, you may not be fully aware of what lurks under the sheet-metal of this rolling piece of art.  Closer scrutiny reveals several key things that make it rather apparent that this car’s business is speed, and business is good.

Starting from the front and moving backwards we see the Roots-type supercharger which is a dead giveaway for those who love this generation of muscle car.  But that’s hardly where it ends.  You can also see the thick roll-cage in the interior, huge pipes coming out the side, ultra-wide drag slicks to futilely try to get that power to the ground, and a set of wheelie-bars rounding out the back for those times when power and traction overcomes gravity, and all that weight in the front-end comes off the ground in an attempt to leave our atmosphere like a Space Shuttle.  Kinda hard to steer like that, but it is a whole boatload of fun.

Blown Chevrolet Nova - Supercharged Nova - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Blown Chevrolet Nova – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Can you possibly imagine the screams and howls this beast would make under full throttle?  For those who aren’t expecting it, it might sound like an earthquake unraveling right under your feet.  This is one earthquake I would welcome, to say the least.

Here are a couple of YouTube videos that show what a supercharged Nova sounds and feels like…  the one commonality with these blown beasts is that things happen in short bursts.  It has to be that way, otherwise all the gorgeous sheet-metal might find itself twisted and broken.  And no one wants to see that.

Blown Chevrolet Nova - Supercharged Nova - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Blown Chevrolet Nova – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Blown Chevrolet Nova - Supercharged Nova - Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Blown Chevrolet Nova – Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

As we poke our head inside, we find that everything in a car like this is utilitarian.  There are no “creature comforts” here, and who needs them?  A stereo system would be a waste of money as you would never hear it.  Air conditioning is created by rolling the windows down and applying a steady supply of throttle.  No point in GPS, things happen too quickly for that computer to have a chance to read out distances to next turns.  Basically you want to strap yourself in, pray a little, double check that your life insurance policy is up to date, and then point the front-end towards the stars as liftoff is anticipated.  How glorious.

This is just one of the amazing cars we saw at the 2016 Vancouver Island Motor Gathering that was hosted at the new Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit here in the Cowichan Valley.  As winter gives way to spring in Canada, we are now beginning to plan for and look forward to visiting the local car shows once again.  We find that there is something at these events for everyone; no one leaves disappointed, that’s for sure.  At this year’s show we will definitely be keeping a keen eye out for this supercharged Nova to make an appearance once again.  I can feel the excitement building as we speak.

Thanks very kindly for taking the time to visit us here at The Hollow today, we sure do appreciate it.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.




  1. avatar Michael W Criswell says:

    Funny, I was in my small town yesterday and seen a Nova this exact same year, in a little worse shape and allot less motor, it was freezing here and the Nova was apparently his daily driver, started right up and the dual exhausts were humming, fun seeing these old beasts! this year I finally put historic plates on my mustang I bought new in 1992, kinda excited about that, under 40,000 miles

    • Cool on all counts here Michael, thanks for sharing your thoughts here! I used to have a ’71 NOVA 2 door with posts with a really built 350 in it, it was one of my all-time favorite cars, I still miss it. Sounds like you are going to be enjoying the roads of your area in your ‘Stang this year, how cool is that! I’ve had a couple of Mustangs over my life, loved them too. Awesome comments here, Michael, thanks for your visit and for taking the time to leave these!