Towards the mid and late 1970s, Pro Stock cars morphed. What had been filled with cars like Camaros and Mustangs were now filled with small cars. Pintos, Vegas, Mavericks, Monzas, Darts, Mustang IIs and the captive imports that Dodge was getting from Mitsubishi were becoming more and more numerous. Why? Weight breaks. The smaller the car, the smaller the engine, the less likely it was that NHRA was going to hammer down on you with weight. If you knew your way around a small block and jammed it into a car like a Pinto, you were lighter. Ergo, you stood a very decent chance of beating a Camaro, or a Hornet, or…well, what else? The next biggest car that comes to mind is the Gapp and Roush “Tijuana Taxi” Maverick four-door. Smaller was better back then.
Out of Victory Red Colorado’s YouTube catalog comes a great pairing to explain how this worked out well: Carol “Bunny Burkett’s 1972 Pinto and “Jungle” George Kubis’ 1978 Plymouth Arrow. Small, mean and tuned to kill, these Pro Stockers are the perfect epitomization of what the class was about: small cars, big tires, nose down and revving for the freaking moon!