Dave Nettles Ford Racing
The Story Behind The Song
'I'd Rather Eat Worms Than Drive A Chevrolet'
In the early '70's I was involved in a Ford racing operation
with '69 March Meet B/Altered winner, Al "Dutch Treat" Vanderslice.
We ran two different rear engine dragsters until I took over the
operation in '76 when Al was injured in a racing accident while at the wheel of our then new
Ron Attebury dragster. I had Ron repair the chassis and I built a new body, which I painted
candy blue with flames and named "Hot Diggity". I raced Hot Diggity until I quit racing in '85.
I also built a custom '57 Ford Crew-Cab Ranchero as a tow vehicle.
Then in the mid '90's I began planning a return to Drag Racing
with 'Hot Diggity' crew chief, Steve Hooks. We were planning a A/Fuel Dragster, with an FE
Ford engine, using billet cylinder heads & a Dove Mfg. aluminum block. From the time I met
Steve he'd been saying 'I'd Rather Eat Worms Than Drive A Chevrolet' in response to Chevy Racers
saying "Why Don't You Guys Just Put a Chevy in That Thing". So I wrote a song by that
name that made reference to fuel racing and various "Quips" about Fords & Chevies.
Our plan was to play that song in the pits, at the drags, just to grate on the competition a
little. But the A/Fuel car never happened, because I was hurt in a car wreck, which ended my
racing career, but the song, lived on, in the Hilltop Records Music Festival
"I'd Rather Eat Worms Than Drive A Chevrolet"
as well as a song about what happened to Steve Hooks, both of which can be heard from my website
"I'll Be Over for dinner At Eight"The Hilltop Records music contest has come & gone. I wish to
thank all of you who gave me votes. I didn't win, but they knew I was in town.
Al Vanderslice is still in the process of building his '64 Fairlane "Thunderbolt" in
his Speed Frame Eng. shop in Farmersville, CA, which I'll be "Crew-Chiefing". So if all
goes well, "I'd Rather Eat Worms Than Drive A Chevrolet" just might play in the pits at the