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Well, first off I have to apologize for being tardy with this month’s article. I have acquired someone’s very aggressive cold virus and therefore have been less than mobile for nearly a week.
On top of that there have been some other business requirements that could not be postponed so while I was slogging through those I got home and basically went to bed. I know I can see all five of my readers playing “My heart bleeds for you” on the world’s smallest violins.
I know, I know, Cowboy Up and get to work.
From sources I have throughout the Nostalgia Drag Racing world, the talk is about the UNFCA and the Ron Hodgson body that is starting to populate the funny car ranks.
As was written in my column last month, the interview with Bill Doner where he filibustered the origins and premise behind the UNFCA. In Mr. Doner’s rhetoric he wanted transparency on what was going on with the UNFCA, he promised to me personally that I would get copied on all emails and correspondence that pertained to the UNFCA. He said the most important aspect for him was that he wanted complete and total transparency in this entire process. I wish I could say that I have received those emails, but alas, I have not.
Thus, I guess I will have to get aggressive, circle back to Mr. Doner, and ask some more questions.
Now as far as the new Camaro funny car body produced and sold by Victory Race Cars: The car was originally given a green light from the NHRA stating that it meets the minimum criteria as stated in their own rules.
Then the car went to the California Hot Rod Reunion, which is promoted by the NHRA Museum and the NHRA. Once again the car was given a “Good to Go” from the NHRA tech inspectors. To the credit of the Hodgson team, they dominated the field at the Reunion and took the win.
Then feculence hit the thermantidote, as the message boards and blogs lit up like Christmas trees with both sides of the argument stating their respective cases. Many competitors did not find the work that Victory had done to be in the “spirit of the rules or the class.”
In the past few weeks, according to an article written by Tracy Renck at CompetitionPlus.com, the NHRA issued a memorandum stating that they “made” Victory race cars address areas of the car which the NHRA “thought” should be changed. Most notably this was the sloped front end and the way the front fenders were pulled in.
Now this leads me to this. The language used by the NHRA’s Danny Gracia in Ms. Renck’s article stating in an authoritative nature “We made them move the front end right where the grill opening is at”.
This begs the question, why would the NHRA make Victory move the opening when the NHRA and the collective six people on the Heritage Series oversight committee approved the car in the first place? What pressure was put on, and who put that pressure on to make those changes?