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This Guy's Garage - Steve And Rose Novosel

Troy, MI

Photos: Steve Novosel

Steve Novosel has been drag racing more than 40 years with every generation of Camaro that has ever hit the tarmac. He says, “The one time I crossed the Mississippi to attend the Winternationals, I was there to see them building the snowman on the starting line, and the photo that was in Car Craft. By the way, Voegelin beat me with his blue Super Modified Camaro in class.”

So Steve’s been through a few NHRA rodeos, including his latest venture with one of Chevrolet’s new COPO drag-race Camaros. But Steve also likes to hit the highway with this pair of street rods, and the trio makes for a great garage shot. Steve has also been co-chairman of the prestigious Detroit Autorama, so you know he’s not only well connected but it also sounds like he’s a plenty busy guy even after retiring from GM recently—but not too busy to shoot a photo for This Guy’s Garage. If you’d like to see your shop in these pages, send us a photo and a description of your passions to CarCraft@carcraft.com. We know there are some cool shops out there. If your shop has character, send us a photo and we’ll do the rest.


A. The back wall of the shop is filled with plaques and awards, not only from drag racing but also from indoor ISCA shows and car cruises dating as far back as the ’70s.

B. The silver 1932 roadster features a Dearborn Deuce body motivated with a small-block Chevy crate engine, a TH350 auto, a 9-inch Ford rearend, and Wilwood disc brakes. The interior features leather, power windows, Vintage Air heat and A/C, a Pioneer stereo, and a Lokar shifter. The Novosels built this car two years ago.

C. The 2013 COPO Camaro is the new guy in the Novosel garage. Chevrolet did a second run of COPO cars and added two different engines. While retaining the 425hp 427 LS engine, Chevy added both an entry-level, 325hp, 396ci LS engine and a more robust 375hp 396 version. Steve’s car is No. 45 and sports the NHRA-factored, 390hp, 396ci LS motor that GM originally factored at 375 hp, along with a ’Glide to run in A/Stock Automatic.

D. Chevy is playing off the original 375hp, 396ci big-block engines that were the L78 option in ’67 Camaros, which came down the assembly line as an all-iron 11:1 compression Rat motor. While impressive in the day, the current version 396 is an LS3 aluminum block–based combo with 4.065-inch bore and 3.825-inch stroke with a steel crank, LS3 heads, 10.25:1 compression, and a hydraulic roller cam, using a Holley HP fuel-injection system feeding a Holley tunnel ram intake with a 90mm throttle body.

E. Steve says this cool mechanic’s stool is actually the top portion of a Kalitta Top Fuel dragster driver cage that was reconstructed by his friend Mike at MPR Race Cars.

F. The flamed 1932 with the polished Torq-Thrust wheels is Rose’s car. It’s a Kilbourne Rod Shop body with a TCI chassis and a Super Bell front axle. The power comes from a Dart-blocked 350 small-block Chevy with Dart heads and intake, as well. A 700-R4 overdrive backs up the motor and spins the power to a Ford rear. An ididit column keeps the Deuce pointed in the right direction, and Steve has put 7,500 miles on it since its completion in 2006.

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37 comments
Gerardo Isler
Gerardo Isler

English is not my native language, I mean house. Sorry

Gerardo Isler
Gerardo Isler

I was joking, work hard and built or buy your own cars.

Edward Weise
Edward Weise

To be honest, keep the cars. Though they are very nice, I want the garage!

Douglas Hurst
Douglas Hurst

She probably wants a guy that can spell. LOL

Tom Ringlein
Tom Ringlein

The one with the flames. The COPO costs big money, but will never be worth what the 1st gen COPO camaro might be worth. There is no comparison.

Steve Bolin
Steve Bolin

I usually choose the older stuff but in this case I say copo. What a car huh ? I'm bothering a few of those guys choose to drive their stuff and maybe even wreck it. Maybe sell down the line real cheap to a young spoiled kid that in turn has a helluva time fixing and gives up and trades for my nice 64 or whatever I have at that time. Maybe huh? Then, oh ya then..

James Potter
James Potter

I like the flamed deuce roadster, but I would have to pull the "treefitty treefitty" it probably has in it to make way for a Ford drivetrain.

Noel Eichten
Noel Eichten

well he must be filthy rich and Car Crap subscribers don't want to see it.

Gerardo Isler
Gerardo Isler

If he's divorcing I'll take the wife and the hole hause too.

Karl Loper
Karl Loper

Keep the COPO, if the 32's aren't 350/350, then I'll take either one, otherwise, keep them, too.

Christopher Hoop
Christopher Hoop

None. I want the garage. Not sayin I don't like em cause I do. But just not my style.

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