Roll'n towards the starting line at the Monster 2007

Nostalgia Super Stock... Too cool!

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1978 NHRA Sportsnationals
The late, great, Modified eliminator. If you've never witnessed Modified Production and Gas-class cars in action, you really missed drag racing's most exciting era! Sure, drag cars are making more horsepower and torque than ever, with resulting quicker and faster ET's and MPH, but the sounds of these high rpm, manual shift race cars--sans any electronic rev limiters--is no longer around. Ditto for the mean sounding/cool looking dry hops, as the cars approach the start line (after the burnout) is unfortunately, a thing of the past.





NSS at Monster Mopar 2006 part2
Nostalgia Super Stock.





8.952 @ 147.8
Larry Quinn driving the Nostalgia Super Stock '62 Pontiac BLAST FROM THE PAST at the Monster 2007 (Gateway). Track conditions were good, air was crap and the car did a little dance in 2nd gear. P.S. Sorry I didn't get a better shot of your Mopower, John.





1964 Plymouth Super Stock Start Up
In the mid 60's the performance wars were being fought 1/4 of a mile at a time. Yes NASCAR was on the rise but it was at the local drag strips and the NHRA circus that most affected the win on Sunday and sell on Monday War. All the manufacturers were more than willing to provide any one that could buy it, a factory built race car all set up for the 1/4 mile or the stop light drags. Ford had Galaxies with 427's as did Chevrolet, Chrysler had a better line up with the Dodge and the Plymouth cars that were a little lighter and easier to order the super stock race ready cars. The Hemi made more horsepower but the Max Wedge 426 came on Harder at the low end, was much more affordable and could be punched out to 440 for the street wars. The light weight cars were reserved for the factory teams or special friends that would race them on their own nickel. Chrysler was also more successful in selling the light weight parts to those who wanted to convert their street cars. Those of you that follow my Google blog Americas Road Test Video blog know that I have written a few stories about drag racing on the streets for money, Pinks or just fun. The 1/4 mile influenced my best friend Doug's dad in 1963 2h3 he ordered a new family car. A 4 door Pontiac Catalina with beach seat, 421 tri power V8, 411 gears, a posi and a 4 speed manual transmission. Mama was not so happy with the new grocery getter when she she had to slide the seat all the way back to get the shift lever into reverse and could barely reach the clutch or push it down.




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