Nostalgia racing has soared in popularity in recent years.
Old time Top Fuel dragsters and nitro Funny Cars are the main attractions at Nostalgia events.
Now, Bob Mayerle is trying to get the Outlaw Nostalgia Pro Stock Race Series up and running.
The two featured cars in the series are the Don Carlton 1972 Dodge Colt driven by Mayerle and the 1974 Warren Johnson Chevrolet Camaro piloted by Bill Neri.
“Right now those are the two fast cars,” said Mayerle, who is commonly known for his Pro Glass business based in Bristol, Ill.
The Outlaw Nostalgia Pro Stock Race Series is based in Chicago and has been running for two seasons. In 2011, the series had three official races and last year the series consisted of six races. Weather-permitting, Mayerle and Neri will race at Martin, Mich., Saturday, and that race wasn’t in the original six for 2012 because it is a Test N Tune situation.
“Bill and I are retired Pro Mod racers,” said Mayerle who also was a Top Sportsman racer. “We liked the Nostalgia idea, but we didn’t want to do the 8.50 to 9-second cars. So, I built a Rod Shop Colt and Bill built a Warren Johnson Camaro. We wanted to go faster and these cars are in the 7s. We are trying to promote this thing. Most of the guys who are ex-real racers think these cars are slow and our cars are not slow.”
Recently, the Warren Johnson Camaro and Dodge Colt had their speed on display at a race at Milan (Mich.) Dragway.
“That was really our final event of the season and it was the best two out of three between the two cars,” Mayerle said. “Bill has been pretty much ruling the roost with the Warren Johnson car, and at Milan we were on our game and took two out of three.”
Mayerle’s believes his victorious match-race win over Neri at Milan is a perfect lead in for the 2013 Outlaw Nostalgia Pro Stock Race Series.
“Next year, this is going to be a 10 race series in the Midwest,” Mayerle said. “We are trying to put together a deal where guys can come out and race Nostalgia Pro Stock cars. When we say Nostalgia Pro Stock, right now it ends at (19)81 because that keeps you in the old body styles. We are considering letting other guys in with later cars, but we are trying to promote 1972-81 (for the cars). We are trying to promote the series now and give it as much validity as possible.”
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