Jenkins Vega (Lombardo)

Bill Jenkins’ interpretation of the rules led him to develop this small-block, 331 CID Vega, turning Pro Stock upside down in 1972. That led to the mass-switch to sub-compacts in all makes. Team member Larry Lombardo (ECDT Hall of Fame) is checking air pressure.


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Landy

“Dandy Dick” Landy was west coast torch bearer for all things Mopar. His Pro Stock cars also toured across the nation, running and winning at major events as well as match races.  


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Missile Cuda Carlton

Don Carlton (ECDT Hall of Fame) was one of several drivers of the Motown Missile, later re-named Mopar Missile. This was Chrysler race group’s R&D project, built and maintained by Ted Spehar. The ‘Missile tested all parts destined for other Dodge and Plymouth teams in early 70’s.  


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S&M 70 Cuda

The formidable Sox & Martin (ECDT Hall of Fame members) team dominated Pro Stock before rules changes left the 426 Hemi engine uncompetitive. This 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda was named “The Boss” for obvious reasons.


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Pro Stock 1970

No 1 Jenkins rosin OCIR Bill Jenkins swept the early 1970 debut of Pro Stock with this converted SS/C ’68 Camaro. Here, Grumpy burns through rosin dust, part of the match race “show” that endeared fans and sponsors to the new category.


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Jenkins rosin OCIR

Jenkins rosin OCIR Bill Jenkins swept the early 1970 debut of Pro Stock with this converted SS/C ’68 Camaro. Here, Grumpy burns through rosin dust, part of the match race “show” that endeared fans and sponsors to the new category.


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Photo Captions: “Manifold Wars”

Legendary Chevy racer Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins led the charge in developing the new Pro/Stock category in 1970. Jenkins was also on the leading edge of technology in developing 2×4 intake manifolds and carburetors. Here the Malvern, PA wizard puts his magical tuning touch on the 427 big-block Chev in his ’67 Camaro. This car was […]


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Manifold Wars

Story and Photo Captions by Jim Hill The recent passing of Vic Edelbrock, Jr., brought to mind the huge contribution Vic’s Edelbrock Equipment Company and others in the intake manifold game made to the science of all-out race engine power and the industry. The name Edelbrock cast into an aluminum intake manifold, or other products, […]


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Gassers Midwest: Fast and Fabulous

The Hill Brothers, Bill and Pete, were charter members of the famed 1960’s informal group known as “The Ohio Gassers”. They built and ran a series of very successful, traditional Gassers. Each Hill Bros. race car was known for its beautiful paint, chrome and workmanship as well as blistering performance that made all fan favorites. […]


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Hank Hankins’ Non-Stop Journey As A Larger-Than-Life Drag Racing Legend

Story by Jim Hill James Hankins always thought of himself as a local, little guy racer, one of the tens of thousands of weekend warriors that fill the staging lanes at drag strips across the nation. His modesty notwithstanding, Hankins’ lifetime and career achievements touched tens of thousands of individuals. This restless stamina reached far […]


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