If I was a serious Drag Racer, I may just feel the same way. But of about 50 of us friends back in the old days who had all kind of Chevy cars, only 2 or 3 did any organized racing at official strips. We were just out to have fun and we sure did. A lot of us just had hopped up 283's. A 327 or a 348 was pretty cool. A 396 was a dream, lol.
The more I think about it, a 396 reminds me a lot of my '72 Harley-Davidson Sportster. A lot of people would walk up to it and say "it ain't really that fast" especially with all the rice rockets around back then, but with the 61 Horse-per-Cube V-Twin it had along with the long chrome straight pipes, my answer was "it's fast enough for me", lol.
My next project is only going to sport a 327. I'll be more than happy with it.
-Parting Out over 75 '58 to '73 Full Size Chevy Cars-
-National Impala Association
-Vintage Chevrolet Club of America