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The Snortin Nortin Nova is another classic that needs little introduction. Back in the ’80s, it battled the Rippin’ Rooster Chevy Bel Air tire-to-tire in dozens of U.S. and Baja venues. Owner Rick “Hurricane” Johnson saved it from the mud car circuit and rebuilt it for the ’11 Mexican 1000, which he won and followed up with a ’12 victory. The car runs a Matt Dowland 350 Chevy, lubricated with Maxima Racing oil, matched to a Turbo 350 automatic. Fox Racing shocks dampen a Dana 60 rearend, and General Grabbers wrapped around American Racing wheels put the power to the dirt. We’re told the car will only run on high-octane Azunia Anejo tequila. The back story is that Johnson and Rippin’ Rooster owner Jim Riley traded cars this year, and the Snortin Nortin yielded its title to the Bel Air, again, driven by Hurricane Johnson.