Back in late February we showed you part one of Les Mayhew’s two part series on nostalgia nitro funny cars called, “Woah! VS Go!” which was made for CompetitionPlus.com. If you did not see that first installment CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT. In his typically cool way, Les presents both sides of the argument surrounding the evolution, changes, and morphing of nostalgia funny cars and specifically the bodies that hand over their tube chassis. We can call the guys in the first episode the traditionalists because they were the ones who were against the newest Camaro body that has entered the class and wanted to kind of lock down the bodies to how they have looked to this point.
The body debate is not a new one and has been present in one form or another since the category really got popular 15 or more years ago. The Powers Steel car of some years ago was one of the most controversial during its time for many of the same reasons that people are concerned about the Camaro body that the Ryan Hodgson driven car wears. While the guys in the first video present the case that changes and more aero bodies will be the ruination of everything right and good with nostalgia funny cars, the guys in this video present their case in a pretty logical and interesting way. Bob Papirnick brings it up in an interesting way when he mentions the fact that guys are using billet heads, billet blocks, and all kinds of modern whiz bang stuff under the body so why would the body be any different.
Dan Horan’s point about needing to keep an audience is good although we would argue that there are roughly two nostalgia funny car events that really pack a house and that they are both held in Bakersfield, California. Are more young kids buying a ticket to see nostalgia funny cars because the bodies look more aerodynamic? That’s a question that we don’t have the data to answer. We do agree with his second point that continuing to cater to a rapidly aging crowd is not going to result in a long term future of success.
Ryan Hodgson has some very well measured words about his experience, his goals, and what he wants to do with his car and the criticism that it has gotten. All around, this is a great video. Make sure to watch part one if you have not done that yet.