IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS GOD. And God created man. And He gave
to man His LAWS, and there were TEN. Through the millennium the
centuries past that gave rise to Kings, and Popes and other kind
of MEN who took Gods laws and interpreted, updated, transcribed
and otherwise changed His laws to suit political and business ends,
sometimes in the most unscrupulous manner. God' s law became fragmented
and diluted. His original, simple blueprint for life became forever
muddied and unclear, and man split into various factions losing
all meaning of Gods original concept of Love, Honesty and Reverence.
So it is unto this day.
In mans search and quest for Freedom and self-rule, eventually
he split from his European oppressors and fled to this land, a new
fledgling world. Armed with the desire to have and guarantee Justice
and simple liberties for all mankind, our fore fathers set forth
to write and establish a Bill of Rights and a Constitution of the
United States. It was a short simple document that covered all areas
of human existence. The centuries that followed have seen the amendments
and interpretation of these Blueprints on freedom and life, consume
hundreds of thousands of volumes, billions of man hours, contradictory
language, tens of Trillions of dollars, lost lives, ruined citizens.and
in the end, there is less justice than when it was conceived. There
are those who are more equal than others, and mans civil laws are
not applied the same to all men and women. The legal system is a
disaster in this country. We imprison more people per capita than
any other industrialized country. Our laws end up making criminals
of us all.
Early last century, it was deemed necessary to collect a TAX on
all income earned in the United States. The original laws that were
passed and adopted were simple and straightforward. The entire tax
code and laws governing it and its collection was a matter of a
couple of hundred pages. It was not necessary to cheat, and it was
most difficult. Everyone paid a fair share and the country flourished.
Soon, a segment of the population that had the most power began
to resist paying taxes and the tax code became a complex albatross
of sections, schedules, exemptions, forms, restrictions and loop
holes that favored some while imposing the burden of the tax on
those who would not cheat or were not empowered to avoid tax liability.
Today's tax code is a runaway locomotive. Billions of laws, regulations,
publications and interpretations, and almost nobody fully understand
the system. Fairness is a joke. A state of mind that is unattainable.
And all most Americans can do is throw up their hands and complain.
Those who insist on paying NOTHING will never embrace the simplicity
of a percentage of income tax, or a federal sales tax.
So was it then as it is now. Grand, important ideas like God's
law, equality for all men and financial support of our country FAIL
in their original intent, because of our incessant tampering and
"fixing" the message to suit today's political climate.
Tampering until now there exist NO WAY to repair the damage and
go back to the original intent of the Good Works. Absent a Great
Flood, a Civil War or a complete collapse of the monetary system,
these problems error, and compound until we CAUSE the collapse that
will be required to UNDO the damage.
It is for these three stories of our history, that I will dedicate
this portion of my life to the restructuring of our sport of Drag
Racing. Stock Eliminator, specifically. The parallels of our situation
in Stock to the above three segments of Man's history with complicated,
uncontrollable extrapolation of simple concepts into mass frenzy,
complex rule upon rule upon rule that ALWAYS result in polarization
away from the original intent of it's beginnings.
So has it gone in Drag Racing's STOCK ELIMINATOR. The original
intent was to keep this class STOCK. Stock is a relative term as
it applies to this class and as compared to all other classes of
racecars; it is the closest to STOCK (as produced by the factory
and available to the general public) it is not really "stock"
however. Even in it's earliest days in the 50's, racing tires (slicks),
headers (racing exhaust system), boring, decking and "blue-printing".
The proliferation of the rulebook continued into the 70's, where
by that time the rules allowed 065" overbore, electric fans,
deep pans and ANY piston.
Someone, somewhere decided at that time that Stock was going in
the wrong direction, and it was converted into SUPER STOCK, and
the numerous super stock classes were born. STOCK was RE-BORN, but
went BACKWARDS, now requiring the original pistons, smaller bore,
stock fan and STOCK oil pans.
It was a disaster. Racers who wanted to compete in STOCK ELIMINATOR
were now thrust, force fed into the gigantic machine known as Super
Stock, along with its' additional requirements and allowances, and
the cost of competing was staggering. But it was too late to go
back. Who had stock bore blocks and unmodified oil pans? Many racers
at that time QUIT! The rest changed, either backwards to conform
to the "new" STOCK rule-book, virtually starting all over
again and discarding thousands of dollars of fine equipment and
others to the wallet emptying clutches of SUPER STOCK racing. We
cannot go through that again.
But here we are. And it's far worse than it EVER was.
The Thirty years that followed the DISMANTLING of Stock Eliminator,
and its re-definition, have brought us to today, when the advances
of the sixties that precipitated the propulsion of Stock eliminator
into Super Stock PALE in comparison to the current situation. We
have now DEVOLVED into modifications such as Fuel cells, wheelie
bars, unlimited camshafts, aftermarket pistons, valves, ceramics,
aftermarket transmissions, manifolds and cylinder heads. In addition
and MUCH worse are the inability and/or refusal of the technical
department to render an OPINION regarding cylinder heads and manifolds,
as to whether or not they have undergone twenty-first century modifications
and cover-up. (A difficult proposition at best) The threat of legal
action serves to act as a restraint on accurate technical inspections,
but in any case, the proliferation of NON-FACTORY aftermarket cylinder
heads and manifolds in "stock" with off the wall castings,
"newly found" specs and the age old quest to profit, make
tech inspection on cylinder heads a moot point.
BUT THERE IS AN ANSWER!
A few of us have been advocating the formation of a NEW STOCK ELIMINATOR
for the twenty-first century. The direction will be forward and
not backward, and the eliminator can be saved and preserved forever.
The rules will be known and understood by all (even WITHOUT a rulebook)
and the certification will be objective instead of subjective. Tech
will be short, simple fair and consistent. There will be nothing
a racer can do that is contrary to the specifications that can't
be discovered easily, and all racers will have the same opportunities
to shine in the sun. Ultimately, the NEW WAY will be less expensive
and emphasis can be placed on racing and performance rather than
finding a back door to the rulebook. The basic PREMISE is easy to
understand and is not subject to interpretation from Kings, Popes
or Lawyers, and in the end, IT IS THE ONLY WAY!
STOCK ELIMINATOR will be comprised of certain year span of cars
that have "horsepower to weight" factors established by
the factory with an "assist" from NHRA. The rules that
govern these cars WILL BE LIMITED to certain "spec" items
that have established specifications as reported by the manufacturer
and NHRA. These "tech" items will be limited to:
Bore and Stroke
Carb make and Throttle bore size
Piston configuration and dome (dish) height (depth)
Head gasket thickness
Combustion chamber volume Cylinder head
Iintake manifold casting number
If it is difficult to check, requires an opinion or does not have
a specific FACTORY SUPPLIED specification, it is NOT checked. There
will NEVER be any need to remove the oil pan since things like rods
and crankshaft will not be "spec" items. Instruments (currently
in use by all sanctioning bodies) will be the FINAL determination
of legality. No appeal, no opinion and no lawsuits because as a
condition of entry is the agreement of the racer to abide by the
measurements taken on the "spec" items. Any quarrel with
the specifications and their accuracy will be done BEFORE racing
and all NHRA/FACTORY specifications are published and available
to any racer upon request as it is done today for correction as
What we will have in the end, is a modernized and streamlined eliminator
for the twenty-first century. Featuring easy and consistent technical
inspections and the elimination of cheating and suspicion that currently
pervades Stock Eliminator racing, bringing back the appreciation
of excellence. We will take the "opinions" out of the
loop and leaves us to squeeze what we can out of the specifications
provided without having to cover it up or worry about someone's
interpretation. It will de-criminalize current modified parts and
resurrect old parts. And whether or not it levels the playing field
will be immaterial; we will have created the POTENTIAL for a level
playing field and that's all anyone can ever hope for. It is a win-win
situation for both the sanctioning body and the racer, and most
of all, we will be able to get on with the business, performance
and enjoyment of STOCK ELIMINATOR drag racing.
I urge all those interested persons to lobby their division directors,
fellow racers and anyone else that would have some input or discretion
in these matters.
Dan Dvorak A/SA AA/SA SS/DA 2100
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