Joe Rogan’s 1969 Nova debuts at the SEMA Show

Podcast king's Pure Vision-built Nova to breaks cover at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas


Whether you love, hate or are gloriously indifferent to podcast giant Joe Rogan, there is no doubt the bloke loves his cars and is prepared to spend big to achieve his automotive dreams.

His latest commission is a 1969 Chevrolet Nova, built by Steve Strope and his team at Pure Vision Design in California.

The build blew minds in bare metal at the 2019 Grand National Roadster Show and also appeared on the April 2019 cover of Hot Rod.

Dubbed the RNova, the build was inspired by Chris Banning’s infamous chopped 911 Turbo Porsche that ruled LA’s Mulholland Drive street racing scene in the late 1970 and early 1980s – and inspired the 1982 film, King of the Mountain. In short, the Nova has been built to drive hard on the street.

To provide strong foundations, the Pure Vision team sourced front and rear subframes from Art Morrison, complete with a multi-link IRS and C6 ZR1 Corvette hubs on each corner. The underpinnings are tucked up tight, giving over seven-inches of ground clearance.

For a driveline, GM donated an factory-blown 6.2-litre LT4 engine, backed by a T56 Tremec ‘box.

The real magic sauce is the body work, which includes blending in ’69 Camaro-style wheel openings and fender ‘spears’. This gives the Nova a real Coke-bottle shape and added 3-inches to the car’s width without flaring or stretching.

Other Camaro-inspired elements include the door handles and deck spoiler.

That is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the bodywork magic performed by frequent Strope collaborator, Joey Angelo.

“What I wanted from it was to look like GM stamped it,” Strope told Hot Rod back in 2019.

The interior is equally impressive, the highlight being a 1966 Corvair Corsa dashboard, that has been split, widened and beautifully integrated as if it was always meant to be there.

We’ve covered many of Strope’s builds in the past, including the Black Ops Fairlane and the incredible T5-R Mustang.

Rogan’s impressive car collection is best saved for another article, but Aussies will be most familiar with his Sick Fish ‘Cuda that was built by Chip Foose and inspired Graeme Cowin to built his SMOTY-winning King Kong ‘Cuda.