You guys have me scratching my head over that Navarro manifold [“More Navarro Speed Parts,” Roddin’ @ Random, May 2019]. Was the car run both at Bonneville and the Winternats with four carbs on a non-factory manifold and a Hydro-stick? I think Modified Production was introduced at the 1964 Winternationals, but you guys are inferring that Lovegrove ran with the four carbs in Stock Eliminator against Tom Grove. So what actually happened? Was the car converted back to SS/A status for the Winternationals, as I suspect?
Scotty Gosson, who wrote that piece and our Navarro profile in May, replies: Good catch! Your red-faced author apologizes for dropping the ball. The four-carb Navarro intake would have been laughed out of a notoriously persnickety NHRA Stock Eliminator tech inspection. Doug Lovegrove was surely relegated to employing a much more conventional manifold for his Winternationals effort. In fact, a recent discussion with Bob Mazzolini (who ran that eliminator with his own Plymouth) revealed that the Navarro intake would have required blatantly illegal firewall surgery to even fit onto the engine (much to Bob’s dismay). Mazzolini also mentioned seeing the mold for the bizarro Navarro intake at the H&H Flatheads shop, and reports more than one rumor of another Navarro four-quad manifold at large in hot rodding’s labyrinth used parts network. Happy hunting!