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    So do I. That guy so needs a wheelie bar on the back of that Firebird.

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    There are a number of things that I like about NHRA Stock Eliminator race cars.

    First of all, I appreciate the challenge of attempting to go fast with only limited modifications (a 9" tire and open exhaust, mostly). Anyone who's ever been serious about drag racing knows that the painstaking development of a race car is simply not found in street cars. That's why street cars are generally looked upon as easy pickings when money is on the line.

    Which also means that the cars aren't all cut up. So I find it interesting from the historical perspective- a very dynamic automotive museum if you will. And not just the muscle cars either. I always enjoy Stockers like a nice white Olds Vista Cruiser Wagon with a 4-barrel 455 and wood paneling. I even enjoy the slow cars, like a V/SA Chevy with a two-speed automatic transmission, an inline 6 engine, and a one-barrel carburetor.

    I also like the fact that it keeps us honest, from a number of perspectives. A lot of guys my age have a memory problem, and tend to remember the old cars as being faster than they really were. I grew up in the car industry (my Dad had a W-30 Olds Cutlass as a demo), and whether folks want to admit it or not, those old cars were not as fast as we like to remember them. A showroom stock 375 horse 396 Chevelle SS (solid lifters, Holley double-pumper carb, aluminum high-rise intake manifold, 4-speed floor-shift manual transmission, limited-slip rear axle, etc) struggled to get into the 15s. Contributing to this is the fact that a number of manufacturers used to supply "ringers" for magazine testing. They were supplied with larger engines, thinner head gaskets, higher compression, and other things that you couldn't really get. The magazines also tended to test these old cars after installing open exhaust headers and drag slicks. And the fastest of those old cars were simply not available to the average consumer. But NHRA Stock Eliminator allows us to draw accurate and direct comparisons. We now know that a 2008 Mustang Cobra Jet is significantly faster than a 1969 Camaro with a 425-horse COPO 427 engine.

    I also like the David vs. Goliath match-ups that NHRA's Stock Eliminator creates. You might have an AA/SA Cobra Jet dialed at a 9.42 in one lane, and an EF/S 1.6L 4-door '81 Ford Escort running off a 17.25 index in the other.

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