The Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association will carry St. Louis-area fans back in time when the group makes exhibition passes in their nostalgia Pro Stock machines at Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals at WorldWide Technology Raceway Oct. 2-4.
Founded in 2010 to pay tribute to the Legends of Pro Stock, the group impressed fans earlier this season with exhibition passes at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals with cars honoring the Reher-Morrison team, Bob Glidden, Bill Jenkins, the Rod Shop team and more.
The group’s mission is to pay tribute to the legends of the class by fielding cars that are all manually shifted (Lenco transmission) and perform long burnouts, dry hops, and the occasional starting line “ burndown
Here’s a capsule look at some of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Additional cars making appearances will be “Fast Eddie Schartman Boss 429 Cougar and the Oldsmobile Firenza tribute cars of Warren Johnson and Larry Morgan.