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Nostalgia Pro Stocker exhibition will add to 60th Winternationals celebration

28 Jan 2020
Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor

Eight vintage Pro Stock machines will add to the magic of the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, making wheelstanding, gear-jamming passes down the famed quarter-mile at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

The restored or replica cars, all members of the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association, will make exhibition passes and be on display in the Hot Rod Junction at the track. The majority of the cars have four-speed Lenco transmissions, hood scoops, wheelie bars, and steel back halves and tops (no carbon fiber). The cars are largely period-correct ad all are required to have the correct engine make under the hood. Elapsed times vary from seven to nine seconds.

Here’s a capsule look at the cars taking part:

Mike Ruth will wheel a 1979 Bob Glidden Ford Fairmont tribute machine. The car, an original Pro Stocker built in 1979, is powered by a 500-cid Ford wedge engine mated to a 4-speed Lenco transmission. Crew Chief: Dave “the Freak” Meyer; crew: Eileen Orlowski, Kathy Aukland John Alder.

Mark Pappas drives a 1984 Reher-Morrison Lee Shepherd tribute Camaro custom powered by big-block Chevy built by David Reher 4 speed Lenco This car was built in-house at Reher-Morrison with the help of Don Ness.

Dom Blasco wheels the 1979 “Grumpy’s Toy” XVI Jenkins Competition tribute Camaro. A 500-cid Reher-Morrison engine is fitted with an original match race hood scoop from Jenkins’ car and mated to a 3-speed Lenco. Crew Chief: Teri Blasco.

Ted Peters will drive the 1990 Wayne County Speed Shop Dodge Daytona originally wheeled by Darrell Alderman. The Jerry Haas chassis in this car is original in every way. A 500-cid Mopar wedge is mated to a 4-speed Lenco. Crew: James Lewis and David Sparks.

Michael Roppo will saddle up in the Nationwise Rod Shop Pontiac Trans Am made famous by Butch Leal. Power from a 500-cid Sam Gianino engine is linked to a 4-speed Lenco in the Willie Rells chassis. Crew Chief: Sheri Roppo; crew: Nick Roppo and Yolanda Roppo.

Bill White drives the Joe Satmary/“We Haul” tribute 1974 Camaro tribute. A 500-cid big-block Chevy by Ryne Competition is fitted to a 3-speed Lenco Crew: Brandon Necco, Tom Smedley, and Ed “Bone” Hamilton.

Jim Ruth drives the Party Time 1985 Firebird powered by a 500-cid Reher-Morrison engine and a 4-speed Lenco. This car was originally built by Don Ness chassis for Butch Leal. Crew Chief: Clint Bush; crew: TJ Ruth and Sandy Ruth.

Steve Stanik will be at the wheel of the Machek and Offerman 1974 Vega, a car originally car built by Tubby Gallup that retains its original paint. Power comes from a 500-cid Chevy and a 4-speed Lenco transmission. Crew Chief: Teresa Stenik.

To purchase general-admission or reserved seats for the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, call 800-884-NHRA(6472). Tickets also are available online at www.NHRA.com/tickets. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas with a paid adult. To honor the Salute to First Responders, military and first responders can save 20 percent on general admission tickets at the gate.