NOS­TAL­GIA PRO STOCK— MID­WEST STYLE

Recre­at­ing the Golden Age of Pro Stock

Drag Racer - - Contents - Text by Drag Racer Staff Pho­tos by Dan Ricks

NOS­TAL­GIA DRAG RAC­ING IS CUR­RENTLY ONE OF THE HOTTEST THINGS GO­ING IN THE SPORT. The stands at ev­ery one of the hot rod-style re­unions held through­out the coun­try have been filled to ca­pac­ity. It’s no sur­prise one of the most pop­u­lar types of ve­hi­cles par­tic­i­pat­ing in these events are the Nos­tal­gia Pro Stocks.

To give you an up-close and hands-on per­spec­tive of this phe­nom­e­non, Drag Racer Mag­a­zine de­cided to at­tend a few events to fol­low the ex­ploits of the Mid­west Nos­tal­gia

Pro Stock As­so­ci­a­tion Pay­ing Trib­ute to the Leg­ends group

(MWNPSA).

We spoke with Mark Pap­pas and Mike Ruth, two of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s main play­ers, whose group is widely rec­og­nized as the largest and most ac­tive in the nos­tal­gia rac­ing scene. We asked them why are they were so pop­u­lar.

“We give the spec­ta­tors a great show with long smoky burnouts, dry hops, stag­ing du­els and all the stuff the mod­ern Pro Stocks don’t do. We have all the top cars from the golden age of Pro Stock: Re­her-Mor­ri­son, Sox & Martin, Bob Glid­den, Bill ‘Grumpy’ Jenk­ins, Billy ‘The Kid’ Stepp, Jim Ruth and more,” Mark said. “We’ve man­aged to keep the cars nearly pe­riod-cor­rect and main­tain­ing sim­i­lar ETs and mphs from that time pe­riod,” Mike echoed.

These cars fea­ture tun­nel rams with two four­bar­rels, clutch-ac­ti­vated and man­u­ally shifted

Lenco trans­mis­sions, snorkel-style hood scoops and pe­riod-cor­rect wheels. No power-adders are al­lowed, and the en­gine and body must be from the same man­u­fac­turer. There

The MWNPSA is a highly pro­fes­sional group of sea­soned rac­ers who are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job of recre­at­ing the past with one goal in mind: to en­ter­tain the fans who choose to at­tend a nos­tal­gia drag rac­ing event.

are no Chevy mo­tors in Mopars or Fords and vice versa.

The MWNPSA group has sev­eral large au­to­mo­tive aftermarket com­pa­nies that help con­sid­er­ably, in­clud­ing Pow­er­mas­ter Per­for­mance, Strange En­gi­neer­ing, McLeod In­dus­tries, Flat-out Gas­kets, ARP and Hei­dts Au­to­mo­tive. Mark and

Mike point out that with­out tremen­dous sup­port from these spon­sors it would be very dif­fi­cult to main­tain their busy rac­ing sched­ule.

The MWNPSA is a highly pro­fes­sional group of sea­soned rac­ers who are do­ing an ex­cel­lent job of recre­at­ing the past with one goal in mind: to en­ter­tain the fans who choose to at­tend a nos­tal­gia drag rac­ing event. The fu­ture of this type of rac­ing is in good hands.

Mike Ruth pi­lots the Bob Glid­den trib­ute Ford Fair­mont. This big-block-Ford-pow­ered ma­chine is ul­tra-pop­u­lar with the Blue Oval fans.

“Jun­gle” Ge­orge Ku­bis pi­lots his Billy the Kid Stepp Hemi Ar­row. Years ago, Pro Stock le­gend Ron­nie Sox would have been yank­ing the gears.

MWNPSA founder and Pres­i­dent Mark Pap­pas roasts the hides in his Re­her-Mor­ri­son (the late Lee Sheppard-driven) Ca­maro.

Michael Roppo on an­other seven-sec­ond 180-mph pass in his Na­tion­wide Rod Shop Fire­bird. Crew Chief/wife Sherri watches closely.

This orig­i­nal Pro Stock Vega is owned by Steve and Teresa Stan­ick (Steve drives). It was cam­paigned in NHRA’s Division 3 in the early ’70s.

John Den­brock’s rare Grumpy’s Toy IX Vega small-block-pow­ered, Len­coshifted car is a crowd fa­vorite, even with Ford and Mopar fans.

Air Force veteran Ted Peters hikes the wheels up in his Pa­triot Mis­sile Hemi Duster.

Scott Hoff­man sits in his beautiful metal flake blue and sil­ver Show-Off Ca­maro af­fec­tion­ately known as the world’s fastest bass boat.

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