Car of the Month - April, 2009
1990 Chevy Beretta - owned by Barry Hohnarth
The April, 2009 Car of the Month belongs to forum member Barry Hohnarth (Beretta). The 1990 Chevy Beretta began life as a race car in the shops of Vanishing Point Race Cars, Inc. Construction of the chromoly chassis began in Oct., 2004 and rolled out of the shop in Aug., of 2005 as a "raw car" ready for Barry to finish.
Over the next two years Barry, along with friends Bill Vealey and Tony Monoco, completed the fitting of fiberglass parts, wiring, cutting and mounting the lexan windows, and paint working nights and weekends out of Barry's garage. After chassis certification the big day finally arrived and Barry's second pass down the track netted an 8.69 at 158 MPH
The engine is a 454 with an Eagle rotating assembly. It also has aluminum heads, Lunati cam, Crane rockers, and a 1050 Dominator sitting on top. The power is put to the ground through a powerglide tranny built with parts from TSR and Ron Owens Racing along with a converter from TCI. The rear end is a Ford 9 inch with a Strange iron case housing a 4.30 pro gear coupled to 35 spline axles.
The suspension consists of a 4 link setup with a VP x-link and anti roll bar with double adjustable coil overs in the rear and Strange struts in the front. Stopping power is provided by Strange disc brakes on all four corners. AlumaStar wheels are mounted with Hoosier tires front and rear.
Barry has installed a Computech data logging system and he credits a lot of help with that project to forum member Chuck Woloch. Using data provided by the logging system as well as help from forum member Tuner, Barry expects that 8.69 ET to soon be surpassed.
Barry thanks everyone on MSV for their help with extra credit going to Chuck, Ken, Ron, Donee, Sam, Duane, Mark Rapp, Tuner and Mike's Porting Service.
We wish Barry the best and hope he has many safe and fast passes with his Beretta. It's finally done!
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