Junior Stock: Drag Racing the Family Sedan

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In the 1950s and 1960s, drag racing was an exciting new sport that anyone with a car could participate in. Based on their equipment, the participants' cars were assigned to specific classes. This structure made it possible to compete against others with similar equipment, and for the most talented tuners and drivers to become National Champions and/or World Record holders in their class.

This class format encouraged amateur participation on a level never before seen. Drag racing...

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Overview

In the 1950s and 1960s, drag racing was an exciting new sport that anyone with a car could participate in. Based on their equipment, the participants' cars were assigned to specific classes. This structure made it possible to compete against others with similar equipment, and for the most talented tuners and drivers to become National Champions and/or World Record holders in their class.

This class format encouraged amateur participation on a level never before seen. Drag racing was a popular hobby for many, and their competition vehicles were typically warmed-over street cars that had been strategically upgraded to the limits of their specific class. This made drag racing wildly popular and amazingly attainable. The end of the class structure meant a great loss in the sport's popularity, but these amazing times will never be forgotten.

Stock-class drag racing is celebrated in this new book, with hundreds of vintage color photographs showing the way it used to be. If you were a fan or participant back in the day, or are a lover of vintage drag cars, Junior Stock: Stock Class Drag Racing 1964-1971 is a book you'll thoroughly enjoy.

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Editorial Reviews

Hemmings Muscle Machines - Jim Donnelly
"Boyce chronicles the year by year changes in the Stock/Super Stock classes with break downs of NHRA event winners, keying on class pioneers and cars that dominated Stock and Super Stock classes and the innovations and changes that helped cars go faster. In total 173 pages chronicle the rise and fall of this great class and included are hundreds of never-before-published vintage photos of the era. See... you don't even have to read that much if you don't want to." -Canadian Hot Rod, December 2012
The Midwest Book Review - James Cox
"If you love Fifties and Sixties American Cars, even if drag racing doesn't float your boat, you will be hard pressed not to like this new book by Doug Boyce-- it's an absolute joy." -Classic American, May 2013
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934709917
  • Publisher: CarTech, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Series: CarTech
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 272,556
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Doug Boyce has had a life long addiction to drag racing. He turned his first wrench at age 8 and attended his first race at age 10. The essence of burning rubber and screaming open pipes filled his head and by his early teens, he was elbow deep in building classic Chevys. He continued to fuel the fire while working 9 to 5 in the automotive field. Doug has filled what little spare time he has had writing numerous club and magazine articles related to drag racings golden years. His has an on going love of drag racing and the way it used to be. He is the author of Grumpy’s Toys and Junior Stock, both best-selling CarTech titles.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
Foreword by Jim McFarland 7
Introduction 8
Chapter One: Setting the Stage 10
1955 and 1956 11
1960 12
1961 13
1962 16
1963 16
Chapter Two: 1964: Stockers to the Lanes 21
Phil Chisholm 26
Chevairs 28
Jere Stahl 29
Jenkins Competition 31
Chapter Three: 1965: It’s a Growing Thing 33
Spanakos’ Monster Mash 34
Winternationals 36
Ted Harbit’s Chicken Hawk 38
Springnationals 39
Dickie Ogles 40
The Nationals 41
Gary Ellard 43
World Finals 44
Chapter Four: 1966: Talking Purely Stock 46
Winternationals 47
Springnationals 48
Dave Kempton 49
Nationals 50
Musser Brothers 52
Alex Jarrell 54
World Finals 55
Jesel-Massari 55
Chapter Five: 1967: Out of the Shadows 58
John Archambault 59
Winternationals 62
Douglas & Forys 63
Springnationals 65
Wenzel Brothers 65
Nationals 67
Gunning Brothers 69
World Finals 71
George Cureton 72
The Turbo-Hydramatic Transmission: The Great Equalizer 74
Chapter Six: 1968: The Winds of Change 76
Winternationals 77
John Barkley 80
Springnationals 81
Joe Perzan 85
Nationals 87
Berejik, Smothers and Oldsmobile 91
World Finals 93
Bill Izykowski 96
Chapter Seven: 1969: Picking Up Speed 101
LAW Automotive 102
Winternationals 105
Tom Schumacher 108
Springnationals 110
Neja-Dissette-Neja 112
Nationals 114
Ronca Brothers 117
Truppi-Kling Competition 119
World Finals 121
Chapter Eight: 1970: Shake It Up 123
Richard Charbonneau 124
Winternationals 128
Callahan & Sulc 130
Gatornationals 132
Springnationals 133
Marv Ripes 135
Summernationals 137
Nationals 139
World Finals 142
Bobby Warren 142
Supernationals 144
Chapter Nine: 1971: Now That’s More Like It 146
Winternationals 147
Jim Waibel 149
Gatornationals 152
Springnationals 152
John Troxell 154
Summernationals 157
Grandnationals 159
Keith Berg 160
Nationals 162
Dave Boertman 163
World Finals 165
Supernationals 167
Chapter Ten: One Step Beyond 168
Appendix I: NHRA Stock Category National Event Winners 1964–1971 171
Appendix II: Manufacturers’ Cup Award Winners 1964–1971 172
Index 173

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    GOOD ERA SPECIFIC BOOK FOR THE BABY BOOMER FANS AND RACERS

    If you actually were a fan of the real "stockers" back on the 50's, 60's, 70's, then this is a good read. Large concentration on Chevy's because they, back in the day, provided the most body-style / engine combos, allowing for racing in a multitude of classes. I've gone through the book and am now sharing with fellow "motorheads" of those eras. All have a good reaction to this book. And incidentally, it's not a paperbook as in a novel. It's like 8 1/2 X 11 +. Could become a classic like " Factory Lightweights", or "Mopar Super Stock" which are out of publication and selling for $400-$700+, if you can find one.

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