The first time my friend Italiansupercarvideo and I saw and recorded this beast was during a rainy qualifying session at Imola Circuit back in 2018. After that, we managed to record it at two editions of the Dix Mille Tours at Circuit Paul Ricard but last weekend, our 4th time, we decided to try to ask to get some on board footage. The coincidence is that this time the Chevy Monza was in Monza, for the 2020 edition of the Monza Historic weekend by Peter Auto.
The car in this video, built and driven by Gilles Ceron of Vintage Garage, is a recreation of the Chevrolet Monza DeKon IMSA (chassis 1006) that took part at the 1976 Le Mans 24h driven by Michael Keyser and Eddie Wachs. Starting from the chassis of a rusty 1975 Chevrolet Monza, Gilles and the guys of his company modify it in order to be suitable to house all the necessary components and be approved to obtain the FIA and FFSA passport. For the engine they went for a Chevrolet 5.7-litre V8 engine linked to a 5-speed transmission. In the past this engine had Hendrick Motorsport valve covers so it could be a Nascar Chevrolet SB2 engine, able to produce almost 800hp, but I’m not 100% sure about this. What I’m definitely sure is that it really sounds like a Nascar race car!