What is it about vintage station wagons that always capture our attention? Is it the fact that they can haul enough lumber, paint and hardware to build a small house? Or that they can carry nine passengers in relative comfort over vast distances of Interstate? Perhaps they are the original SUV...
With a few modifications to a 400-cu.in. V-8 beneath the hood, they can haul far more than passengers and cargo. We love them for all the above reasons… add Rally wheels, redline tires and Flowmaster exhaust to a powered rear window option and we gear heads at Ol Skool Rodz and Car Kulture Deluxe Magazines would call such modifications tasteful.
Mike Boyles, a 59-year old veteran drag racer from King, North Carolina, owns a Super Stock race car: a big, brown 1957 ChevrOl't Bel Air wagon. That's right, a station wagon and it's one that Boyles has been racing every season for the past 34 years. That station wagon has taken Boyles to 22 IHRA national event wins, eight IHRA Super Stock World Champions and more than 50 IHRA Pro Am wins. Boyles was the IHRA Super Stock World Champion in 1978, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1990, 1991 and 1992 and was the IHRA Formula Stock World Champion in 1975. Known as “Good Ol Charlie Brown,” this wagon is a fixture at drag strips.
Meanwhile, here are some very cool custom/vintage wagons for your enjoyment. It’s the kind of stuff we love. Watch for them in the pages of our mags. Zoom!