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Read with quite some interest (Jeff Burk’s) comments regarding the body styles of Pro Modified cars in your latest column, and how, from a spectator standpoint, to be able to tell the difference between an early Camaro or Firebird, and to institute some rules that will prevent the class from getting out of hand.
How about this? Body templates that will dictate a completely stock body line, period. No ifs, ands, or buts; end of story, no negotiation. Your car either looks like a stocker, or it doesn't, no in between, no fudge factor, and it fits a stock body template or it doesn't race.
Stock appearing grilles, bumpers, headlights, taillights, trim, side moldings, and whatever else should be there. No chopped tops, no body modifications, no exceptions. Add, while you're at it, no spoilers, flat hoods, and a GM body has to have a GM engine, Fords in Fords, Mopars in Mopars. No blowers, nothing sticking out of the hood, whatever engine and engine modifications that will fit under a flat, stock hood, 800" cubic inch maximum, any size tire that will fit under the car without modification of the outer rear wheel wells, any chassis, any driveline, any type transmission, whoever gets to the finish line first, wins, no breakouts, no electronics, no whining, just racing.
I doubt that NHRA will ever go along with anything like this, as it might affect the precious Funny Car good ol' boy network, but this is pretty much where Funny Cars came from in the first place, and look how popular they were at their inception when they went faster on a weekly basis, and innovation wasn't a dirty word.
Has Been Over The Hill NHRA Super Stock Racer
Re: Al-Anabi leaving U.S. drag racing
Does this make sheik whasizname the Arab Evan Knoll?
As a former Sheik basher I have to say his donations and jobs to teams was a good thing. Nobody really could think this would last forever like the camera guy in Brewster’s Millions always said. I’m guessing AJ will be fine; Pro Mod may take a hit...