Philadelphia is a historic city. It is the home of Independance and the Liberty Bell. Its street echo the footfalls of such greats as Ben Franklin, Washington and Derek Brown. Who?

Not far away is Hanover, Pennsylvania... which is not quite as famous as Philadelphia: in fact, it is not famous at all but it is home to Mr Brown and its streets echo nonetheless.

They echo Pro Street Thunder.

Derek is a perfectionist, and it shows in his fully optioned '84 Monte Carlo SS which he named "Blown Silly." The car has 6400 miles on the odometer and is driven regularly on those sultry east coast summer days.

The engine is a balanced 1978 Chevrolet 350-CID with four-bolt mains. It has been bored to 355 inches and runs 7-to-l Arias blower pistons and a Bames Stage II cam. Derek built the engine himself and added the Blower Drive Service intake and blower. A pair of chromed Holley 650-CFM double pumper carbs fuel the potent small-block, with an N.O.S. nitrous system for the final booster shot. A set of 3-inch Eagle headers eliminate the bad air.

A stock 350 Turbo transmission equipped with a B&M shift kit transfers power to the narrowed rear end. For that extra touch of flash, Derek had the rear end chromed. Weld Wheels Super Lite Us are used with Mickey Thompson tires. The front wheels are 15x33/4-inches and the rears are 15xl4-inches with 26x7.5- inch and 33x19.5-inch tires respectively.

John Little's Race Cars handbuilt and installed a 12-point rollcage and made the chassis modifications. Push-button door releases cleaned up the side profile while the blue tinting was added to the windows to match the blue hood stripes. The fuel cells, batteries and nitrous systems were located in the totally carpeted trunk. This is definitely a finely detailed vehicle.

The interior was modified to accept the rollcage with the rear seat being narrowed and cut down. The inside of this racer is still as comfortable as the day it left the factory. A full bank of Auto Meter gauges mind the engine fluids while a 5-inch Monster Gauge tach measures the heartbeat. A complete Alpine stereo system delivers sounds through Sony 880 speakers. The car is sponsored by the "Vette Barn" which specializes in hi-performance car sales. What makes this dynamite street machine even more amazing is that its creator is only 21 years old.

If you happen to be cruising Pennsylvania on a sultry summer day, remember that Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, not Hanover. There you may only hear thunder.

Note by By Jim McGowen,

Much of the interior was retained, however additions are a fill roll cage, Hurst Lighting Rods shifter and a full harness syetm. Chrome glints from under the Chevrolet are due to spectacular undercarriage on Monte Carlo SS and race ready suspention.

The trunk is all business containing dual fuel cells, dual nitros oxide system and triple batteries. Sorry only one fire extingusher. Small-block Chevy engine may not be 350CID but it offers lots of punch thanks to Blower Drive Service supercharger and nitros oxide system. Pair of Holly 650-cfm carbs inhale for the engine, while Eagle headers let the bad air out.

Car also featured on AutoGage / Auto Meter retail advertising and guage boxes

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