Pretty much every Moto enthusiast loves a fast car, especially if it looks as fast as it is, but there’s also the type of gearhead that likes to use a bit of deception with their fast cars. They like to give off the outward appearance that the car is slow and clunky, but underneath is a fire-breathing monster. They call them “Sleepers,” and I don’t know that I’ve come across a better example than what you see here. The owner calls it the “Geriatric Cruiser” because at first glance you’ll think it’s your grandpa’s old car that he refuses to get rid of. But as the old saying goes, you should never judge a book by its cover and that definitely applies here.
The Geriatric Cruiser is a 1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic which is a massive four door sedan. It belongs to Jeremy Stelford and he’s taken the term sleeper to a new level with this car. He’s done everything he could possibly think of to make it look like “grandpa’s bingo cruiser,” and that includes giant tow mirrors and a shirt rack filled with Hawaiian shirts as well as a few other subtle details. However don’t let his creativity fool you, there is a monster lurking within. So much of a monster that he actually plans on using the car for the upcoming 2017 Drag Week.
As a reminder, Drag Week is a week long drag racing event that takes place at different tracks each day. And what makes Drag Week so appealing is that each competitor must drive the car they are racing from one track to the next, which in some cases is a couple hundred miles. Some of the fastest cars in the country come out for this event, cars that many would wonder how they are even street legal rather than a full blown drag car. The Geriatric Cruiser is quite the opposite, many will wonder how, or why, it’s attempting to compete in such a prestigious event.
Which brings me to the best part about this old Caprice, and what makes it the definition of a sleeper. Under the hood sits a 502ci big block Chevy V8 that was built by Scoggin Dickey. It’s claimed to produce an estimated 610hp and similar torque figures, which is more than enough to get this old behemoth moving with a quickness. What’s so cool about it, other than the 610hp of course, is the fact that even when you pop the hood only the most knowledgeable moto enthusiasts would know there was something fishy going on here. That’s because Stelford went ahead and installed all the factory parts such as air conditioning, power steering, and cruise control back on the car. So just a quick glance would make you think it was still the stock motor. However, it’s kind of hard to mask the roar of a 502ci V8, so as soon as you heard it you would know everything isn’t what it seems.
Apparently, Stelford added all the factory parts for two reasons, one being the obvious one and that’s to make it look stock. The other was for more practical reasons, he wanted the car to remain comfortable when he was driving it from one track to the next.
Jeremy and his dad plan on using this killer combo of sleeper and old school trailer at the upcoming Drag Week which is scheduled to kick off September 10th at the Cordona International Raceway in Cordova Illinois. So be on the lookout for the Geriatric Cruiser, and whatever you do, don’t try and street race an old Caprice Classic. Especially one that has a bingo bumper sticker.