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, lives 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,
"I'll Be Over for dinner At Eight"
The Hilltop Records music contest is now over, so I'd like to thank
everyone who gave my songs votes.
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