“Nasty Northern Nash”

Towards the tail end of the just past drag racing season innovative Canadian racer Wes Goddard unveiled what truly is a one-of-a-kind creation….

The Goddard family, including his brother Frank and father Jim, are rather well known within the drag racing scene in Southern Ontario as outside the box thinkers.  Wes’s newest creation certainly carries forward that signature. 

Ontario's Wes Goddard debuted his latest outrageous creation late this season.

Ontario's Wes Goddard debuted his latest outrageous creation late this season.

Goddard’s 1958 Nash mini-super car, which is powered by a 509 CID twin turbo Chevrolet is simply “over the top cool”.  The project is the end result of many hundreds of hours of dedication over about a two year period.

“I built the whole car myself,” Wes affirmed.  “It weighs in at 2630 lbs and has a wheelbase of 101 inches.  The body is 100% hand fabricated and Tim (Hodgins) at Cynergy Composites produced the finished piece.   Because of the wheelbase we paid a lot of attention to the rear end aerodynamics.  Tim was also a terrific help with that.  We took an existing design which we narrowed and compressed down to fit this new Nash.”

This Nash has twin-turbos and 2000+ HP -- I bet your Nash doesn't!

This Nash has twin-turbos and 2000+ HP -- I bet your Nash doesn't!

“On our initial runs (at Cayuga in September) the car felt smooth as glass on the big end – but it was a little unstable after I pulled the chutes out,” Wes admitted.  “But I’m glad we got it out once late in the season because now we can address those things over the winter in preparation for next season.”

Despite the maiden nature of its first runs ever, Wes did coax the Nash to some very low seven seconds time slips and a best speed just short of 202 mph – both of which show it’s enormous potential.

The car features a motor program by highly reputed Fred DeJonge (Guelph ON) who already campaigns a fan favorite and super fast turbocharged Chevy Cobalt with Wes’s brother Frank at the wheel. 

Wes revealed that his Nash has twin 76 mm Big Stuff turbochargers.

“We took baby steps using very little boost,” he continued.  “We don’t run a big spool because our intention is to go bracket racing (Quick 32) next season.  We will be working with 20-30 lbs of boost and 2000 hp so our target is for the car to run in the six nineties at over 200 mph.”

In fact this new Nash is just the latest in a line up of radical mini-super cars that have come from within the Goddard Racing camp over the years.  Previously, they campaigned a mono-winged Nash version (the Hell Billy) which was raced between 2003 and 2009.  That car hit 7.9 secs at 175 mph using a 632 CID injected alcohol motor and small tires.  Wes also possesses and races a truly outrageous Austin Mini Cooper.  That car which has only a 74” wheelbase ran 9.8 secs at nearly 140 mph with a 377 CID small block engine.    

Wes, Jim & Frank Goddard

Wes, Jim & Frank Goddard

Most Southern Ontario drag racing fans will also remember the infamous “Batmobile” car which was raced by Jim and Frank Goddard that was a mainstay in Super Pro racing at Sparta and Grand Bend in years gone by.

Wes Goddard’s new Nash will however not be the only car to watch from the Goddard/DeJonge Racing ensemble next season.   DragRaceCanada has also received confirmation that Fred DeJonge is working towards fielding a new turbocharged Pro Mod class car.  The likelihood is that machine,  which will be driven by Frank Goddard, will make an appearance on the Canadian scene more towards the end of next summer.

Wes Goddard drove this outrageous alcohol-injected Nash up until 2009 (Photo by: Mark Ackert)
Wes Goddard drove this outrageous alcohol-injected Nash up until 2009 (Photo by: Mark Ackert)

 Posted by:  Bruce Biegler – Photos by:  Bruce Biegler