Steve Barcak's Nostalgia Top Fuel
ARHRA Winternationals also featured the long awaited debut of
Steve Barcak's Nostalgia Top Fuel dragster. Going where everyone
else fears to go, Steve's slick Sterling car has a Pontiac between
the frame rails. That's right, an iron block/heads Pontiac! Logic
would dictate that modern fuel parts for a 1959 Pontiac aren't
exactly shelf items so Barcak made his own. Nearly every part
from pan to blower manifold was either fabricated or modified
at Pontiac Heaven (Steve's business) in order for him to meet
his long term goal which is to have the worlds quickest and fastest
-- you guessed it, Pontiac.
several fire ups in the pits, Barcak finally got to suit up and
take his maiden voyage (well, not a voyage exactly). Although
the Poncho sounded plenty stout on the idle circuit, it was not
even close to being ready for some throttle. After a mild burnout
and an exercise in staging, when the fuel system went to the
"high side" it leaned out and blew out the burst panel
considering this is a new driver and crew with a way new combination
they finally got their feet wet and made steps in the right direction.
An uphill battle indeed, there are more than a few of us who
would like to see Steve's enthusiasm and hard work pay some dividends
down the road.
Pop goes the burst panel.
For more info on this
courageous effort check out: Pontiac Heaven