Nostalgia drag racing is still on a major upswing, and it’s crazy to think that cars built in the ’80s and ’90s qualify as nostalgic. But, in the case of this wildly modified Chevy Monte Carlo, it takes people back to a simpler time, and it certainly takes its owner back in time. Garrett Barker is the proud owner of the car, and when you consider the car’s history, it’s easy to see why he’s grown so attached to it.
Garrett is the nephew of Wayne Barker, a very talented fabricator, bodyman, painter, and other assorted skills (the list goes on and on). At first glance, some might say that Wayne was disabled, as he spent most of his life in a wheelchair, but if you ask anyone that knew Wayne, they’ll tell you that he could outwork anyone. With undeniable skills and help from his brother Stanley, a man who was paralyzed from the waist down, proved to be one of the premier fabricators in the Southeast.
Based out of the small town of Dunlap, Tennessee, the Barker brothers drag raced for many years. They campaigned a Chevy Nova and Camaro drag car and built many street cars and custom motorcycles in the midst of their drag racing hobby. In 1983, the brothers built a Monte Carlo that would become the flagship for Wayne’s shop, which was called “Super Toys.” The new, lowslung “Super Toy” Monte Carlo was later updated to 1986