Sportsman Spotlight: Ron De Hoop And His ’67 Chevelle

Photo Provided By Ron De Hoop

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Cars are often more than a hobby – they become a way of life for many men and women. Many racers become involved in the sport early, and it continues to be a lifelong passion that they often pass down to the next generation. Ron De Hoop has combined his passion for cars, racing, and family, to make his hobby a lifestyle. Ron created “CROSSmembers” Racing Products to share his love for drag racing and enthusiasm for cars. Thanks to his relationship with Lucas Oil, Ron takes his ’67 Chevrolet Chevelle to multiple events throughout the year.

On average, Ron takes his '67 Chevelle to several events per season. Thanks to his sponsorship with Lucas Oil, Ron is able to share his love for racing with friends and family.

Ron is a serious competitor while behind the wheel of his Chevelle. Over the years, he has participated in the Pacific Street Car Association as well as the NMCA West event series. Earning victories and championships has been the pay off for his hours of hard work and years of experience. The Chevelle has been in its current form for approximately five years. There are always plans for future modifications or something that may require attention, so things are never completely finished. “It’s a somewhat an ongoing process in someway or another,” added Ron.

Underneath the flashy red, white, and blue wrap, the '67 Chevelle features a beautiful black paint job. During his 20 years of ownership, this car has been transformed from a Pro Street-style car, to its current racecar form.

During the two decades Ron has owned the car, it has undergone various changes and upgrades. “I’ve had many racecars over the last 45 years, but I aways wanted a ’66 or ’67 Chevelle,” said Ron. When he first purchased the ’67 , it was set up as Pro Street car, but that soon changed. He performed most of the work himself during the car’s evolution from a Pro Streeter to its current form. Fortunately, he has not had to do much work to car in recent years.

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When asked Ron if there was anyting that he didn’t like about the ’67, he replied, “Changing the spark plugs.”

Currently the car is powered by a 434ci small-block engine, but that powerplant may soon be retired as he has a new engine in the works. All Ron would say about this new engine, is that it is an all-aluminum small-block Chevrolet. With that in mind, the Chevelle will continue to be a force to contend with for anyone who lines up next to it. His current combination transfers power through a Hughes Powerglide transmission to a 9-inch rear differential complete with Moser axles and Richmond gears. Mickey Thompson wheels and tires help this vibrant Chevrolet make it down the dragstrip. On average, he participates in six to eight racing events each season, as well as showing the car at an additional six to eight events.

Photo Provided By Ron De Hoop

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About the author

Lauren Camille

Lauren is a graduate of California State University Fullerton, and has experience working for several enthusiast publications. She enjoys drag racing, classic Fords, and vintage Lincolns. She currently races a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback, and has a soft spot for 1960’s Lincolns. Currently, her collection includes: ’04 Cobra Convertible, ’65 Mustang Fastback, ’04 F350 6.0 diesel, ’96 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a ’87 Jeep Wrangler. She provides insightful content as a freelance writer for Power Automedia.
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