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We had a ball watching Craig Wallace's '29 A sedan, mostly because it looks like a streetable hot rod, except for the cage. Craig built this sedan himself, he found the steel body in a friend's backyard; the nose is the only 'glass portion. The 0.060-over 350 burns alcohol from the Ron's Racing port injection system.
Craig got started bracket racing, moving to NE3 when the index was created. He likes the class because it's relatively inexpensive and relatively low-maintenance. "I rebuild the motor every few years, and put bearings in every season if there are no problems in between. Between rounds, I just put fuel in it, and charge the battery after a few runs. After about 100 passes, I replace the tires. That's typically about it, unless I break parts. I don't want to have to tear the engine down every other weekend, and I don't want a crew to follow me around. Sometimes my wife comes with me or my high school friend, Bob Hendricks. Bob and I street raced in the '60's, so coming to these races is like a reunion for us."
Wallace, who has helped build numerous vintage drag cars, is the 2003 Nostalgia III champ, and with a win at the March Meet, Runner-Up to the Nitro Nats in Vegas, and another win in Pomona, he's on the way to a repeat in 2004. We prodded for the secret of success. "Know your abilities and limitations, and don't build a car beyond your mechanical ability or interest level."
Before we left, we asked him about the wheels. "Swap meet specials: slotted aluminum wheels. The Moon discs are a pain in the pits, but everybody loves them and they add to the look of the car, so they're staying on."
January 2005 ~ Rod & Custom