Gunners Garage

NOVA ON SUNDAY

An original-owner Chevy drag car called “Nova on Sunday” may be the only fully-documented “crate” racing car from the ‘60s to exist.
This car was ordered through the parts department at Witte Chevrolet in August of 1969. It was purchased as a “car in white” body shell only. The body came from Fisher Body Div. in a crate.
The car was campaigned from 1970-1973 with major sponsorship provided by Performance Auto Parts of Chicago. The “Performance Posse”was a group of Chevrolet drivers that contracted with Al Poyer, the general manager of U.S. 30 Dragstrip in Merriville, Ind., to run as a funny car exhibition group.
Richard and Cindy Vitiritti owned Nova on Sunday, which Cindy named after the popular film “Never on Sunday.” Richard raced his Nova from 1969-1973 in AHRA Super Stock competition.
After the Nova finished racing, the Vitirittis sold it. They started searching for it in the late ‘80s. It took them 15 years to find the car and 14 months to restore it.
The Nova on Sunday was recently displayed on at the Nickey Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in St. Charles, Ill. It’s hard to believe that a car driven that hard so long ago is still in the hands of its original owners.

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