DAY three of Hot Rod Drag Week 2015 saw us at the historic Great Lakes Dragway in Wisconsin, where we bumped into Chopper Bob and his AMC AMX – complete with an eight-track player with Steppenwolf’s Gold in it. He’s definitely an AMC enthusiast – he’s got three – and he left us with a souvenir fridge magnet showing his pink AMX smoking the tyres before a drag race, with the slogan: ‘You can’t stop the Chop!’
It’s been like this for 28 years, a real street-and-strip car. It’s my daily driver. I painted it pink Firemist years ago when my daughter was born, and added flames around eight years ago. The new [metalflake] colour is called Prismatic, but we just call it pink.
Yep, in between rainstorms in my carport at home.
I repainted it just before Drag Week this year, so there’s no flames now. Some guy in a restored AMX was doing a burnout and lost control and hit the driver’s side. It was a good thing [it hit me], because was there was a whole street full of kids, and if not for my car it wouldn’t have been good.
Yep, back in 2006, when the car still had flames.
Ran a best of 12.13@108mph and was the quickest AMC that year.
It runs a 390 with a 401 crank and Muscle Motors ported heads. Those guys have helped us out with a few parts, and with the bore the engine is now 409 cubic inches. It’s also got a 727 and five-inch Supertraps. Originally it was a Big Bad Orange 390 and four-speed car.
Sure is. I pulled it out of a modified years ago and welded some spring perches on it. It’s been in the car for 23 years and runs 3.79 gears at the moment.
I also have a red 1974 Javelin and a Seafoam Mist Rebel Machine. I bought the Rebel Machine back in 1970 during Vietnam.
Yes sir, I was in the air force and served two tours from 1968 to 1972, and my own father was a B-25 pilot in WWII. I was a mechanic working on F-100 Super Sabres. When I came back I opened my own chopper shop, building a lot of Nortons.
Both. I do about 60 car shows a year, letting little kids sit in it and fire it up. My children have cool cars too. My daughter has a 1966 ’Cuda, one son has a 1969 ’Cuda and the other has a 1965 altered-wheelbase Coronet, a 1967 GTX, 1968 Hemi ’Cuda and a 1970 AMC Rebel Machine. s