Kimmy’s Garage would like to feature Donnie Edmonds in today’s blog!
Donnie Edmonds’ car, which has been cleverly named “Big Bertha”, is a 1969 Chevelle SS 396. Donnie’s been racing for most of his life, and this 6th generation Chevelle has been a work in progress since fall of 2013. Bertha is a solid, all original panel car and has had only one repaint in Dark Red Mica. She has a Extreme Automatics turbo 400 trans prepared by Lonnie Diers with a Griner Billet Pro Tree trans brake, and Coan and EXA billet aluminum goodies inside.
Donnie updated Bertha in December 2016 with an Aerospace Components Vacuum Pump kit. “It looks awesome!”, Donnie shared after the new kit was installed. The following spring, Donnie was able to test out the upgrades and the difference was immediate and very noticeable. Right from the start, the car picked up in ET and MPH!
The very first time Donnie ran the car with the Aerospace Components vacuum pump on it was at the NMCA race in Bradenton 2017. “I flipped out because the car matched its best ET to date in the warm Florida air, which was around 2700 feet DA. When I ran the car at my local track the previous fall, the DA was 6 or 800 feet — so I knew we were on to something!”. Then when Donnie and his team got back from the race and were able to test at their home base; Bertha made her quickest and fastest pass ever with the 9.36 at 142 MPH.
Donnie also recently decided to upgrade Big Bertha with Aerospace Component’s hybrid Ceramic Bearings, after seeing the below Kimmy’s Garage video featuring the new product. Donnie is always on the hunt to find ways to make Bertha quicker and faster, as well as safer in any way he can. This upgrade was no exception and ultimately provided that added force as well as keeping safety at the forefront. The ceramic bearing upgrade provides faster ET’s with lighter weight overall; they’re also longer lasting and corrosion resistant!
“Personally I couldn’t be happier with the product and the people I purchased it from. The Aerospace Components team has been there any time I’ve needed any assistance. If you’ve been looking at my Facebook page for any length of time, you’ll know I don’t candy coat anything — I call ‘em as I see ‘em!”