Ray Evernham’s 1936 Chevy Sedan, the “Ghost”
Ray Evernham’s 1936 Chevy race car is named the “Ghost.” It’s a very impressive piece of machinery from the garage of the Championship NASCAR Crew Chief and host of TV’s “Americarna.”
Early on Evernham was heavily influenced by early modifieds, which were the primary vehicles that initially drove his racing affliction. Now that he is retired from racing but not too old to do so, he felt it was time to build something along those lines. He didn’t want some vintage race car that could only be run at couple events a year, he wanted something they could run on multiple venues such as road courses or land speed racing, or even something like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This car was to be a mix of Hot Rod/Engineering marvel/Racer, with that 50s Modified appearance but with modern race car geometry, safety and electronics.
Aero was probably the largest issue they had to contend with as it’s still based on mid 30s car design. How much down force does something shaped like a potato provide near 200mph? Hence the wide front splitter and roof mounted wing. Initially the rear wing was not in the design. Ray’s team was hoping the full belly pan and rear diffuser was going to be enough but after crunching the numbers they decided it was going to be reaching speeds way over what those alone could provide.
You’re probably wondering where the nickname “Ghost” came from. Ray said the day after its pearl white paint was applied it was sitting all on its own in the middle of the shop with only the soft glow of light behind it. It just looked like a ghost sitting there – the “Ghost” of a ‘36 Chevy. It’s hard to believe the Valvoline Blue that was laid down is actually a wrap. Ray reminded us “it’s a race car and it’s bound to get beat and banged up…..but not by me I hope! The wrap will make it easier to touch up between events.”
When it was all said and done, this race car has a show car appearance with its chrome push bars and control arms, and polish work on those deep wide-five wheels. This was a good thing since its debut was at SEMA this year. In person this Chevy is pretty intimidating with its 14” wide slicks and the low front splitter, although I think the rear wing and diffuser is probably the only thing most people will see as it flies by them on the track.
Look for it at SVRA events in Group 10 or HSR at Daytona soon. You can catch videos of the project build on Evernham’s shop page, Big Iron Garage.