Up To Bat
"Mr. Pammy" Utterback
is a message board troublemaker
who's also lead welder-fabricator
at So. Cal. Chassis-builders
Hansen Chassis. Jeff first
got hooked on drag racing
when his father worked and
raced at Lions in the swinging
'60s and got bit by the Nostalgia
bug in the late '80s. Jeff
actually possesses a current
competition license with personal
bests of 6.52 @ 208 mph. In
his past, he's been an aerospace
welder of 16 years and former
BMX pro. He is currently the
sub drummer for the '60s surf
band The Surfaris and lives
in Santa Monica, CA with his
wife Pammy (the queen of all
media) and their two sons
Morgan and Miles.
So, I'm the new guy around here and, like most
new guys who come in, you probably want to ask
- just what exactly can you, the discriminating
Internet drag race journo junkie, expect from
Well, my mission will be to try to give the
people what they want to know about the current
happenings in Nostalgia land. Not only just
what's happening in the public eye, but also
what's happening below the radar - the gossip
from the pits, the rumblings from the tower,
and, of course, everything I hear from under
the chassis jig.
I haven't burned all of my bridges yet, so I will delve into the rules - the
rules I think should be changed and maybe even
the rules you think should be changed.
I will talk to car owners and drivers from
the various classes to bring you good folks
the thoughts and opinions of the people making
the Nostalgia scene happen. Maybe I'll even
do an expose or two on some of the peripheral
characters that make life during the oil downs
interesting. But, for my first masterpiece,
I will delve into the world of Nostalgia Funny
For those of you who have been to a Goodguys Nostalgia event, you might have felt there was something missing...and you'd be right! Where were the fuel Funnies? Well, 2004 is going to be the year that floppers make their official debut on the Nostalgia circuit. A dedicated group of racers are bringing Funnies into Nostalgia drag racing. And when I say Funny Cars, I mean FUNNY CARS - the Funny Cars that you and I were brought up on - Funny Cars with colorful names and colorful people behind the scenes.
The cards stack up to make this class potentially the biggest thing the Goodguys have going at the drags today (at least for us old farts who think a Honda is a motorcycle).
After allowing two exhibition appearances last year, GG/VRA have given the green light for an eight car open show starting in 2004.
Rules for the fuel Funny class have not yet been firmly finalized, but what seems to be blowin' in the wind is that VRA will allow a '72 or earlier body, any motor, a 6-71 blower, points mag, Enderle 1200 Fuel Pump, two-speed tranny and all current NHRA safety specs.
As for a brief rundown on who's got what in the works for the VRA/Goodguys 2004 race season, this welder has been clued-in to the following (and if it's not accurate, tell me fer Chrysler's sake!)
Jeff Gaynor's Barracuda (426) - Their best E.T. 6.82. "Two-Forty Gordy" Bonin pushing pedals and Mike Demarest calling the shots. A triple threat of veterans who, along with their seasoned crew, are this hack's favorite, if not to win, then to inspire by their sheer grit and love for the class. These guys have been in on this deal since before the exhibition races and are the prototype for the class.
Dan Horan Jr.'s Mustang (426) - Jr. swapping feet and Dale "Mr. Happy" Pulde