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Put a spare 580ci motor into the Vitamin C and a Dallas built transmission. Track had no prep and car did a lot of tire spinning down the track. clicked off a pair of 10.05 with horrible 60s on greasy track and bad air. This is the first pass. Second pass was giant wheel stand without the bounce but not video’d. Figures. Car is pretty heavy at 3800+ with me. Zero fiberglass, zero Lexan, Dana rear… and very small (29″ because MT didn’t have any 31″ when I needed slicks in Bradenton) slicks. Pretty happy with the car. Is easily a 9.7 car with a little tuning, converter change and 31″ slicks, and good track.
It will be the back up and raced locally while I race the Whale this year and finish the Thug (well under way). Next year I’ll run the Thug while the Whale is totally rebuilt, like the Thug is being. When Whale finished the Thug will be back up and the Vitamin C will be totally rebuilt and go on a severe diet to get drop about 500 pounds.
Hope graduates High School next year and we might see about getting her in a car, depending on college situation.
A small club a of a couple dozen members going by the name of Nostalgia Super Stock, Inc., put a registered trademark on the terms “NSS” and “Nostalgia Super Stock” – despite the fact that maybe better than 1000 racers have raced hundreds of Nostalgia Super Stock Races, at dozens of tracks in the last 25 years.
If you go to this club’s site at www.NostalgiaSuperStock.com, you will see that they have place their trademark there. You will also find a link to their member email addresses if you’d like to communicate your feelings to them, and lists of sponsors and events/tracks if you would like to communicate with them.
The below links show the trademarks.
We Will Rule The World All Of Nostalgia Super Stock
While all club members are guilty of allowing this to happen, it appears to be the brainchild of Club Secretary Bob Wilkiewicz, and Club President Rich Berlisk. They recently approached a Doug Duell, who administers Dave Duell Classic and and a member of the National Rules Committee (also trademarked by this club – so all members resigned to form a new rules committee), and informed him of the trademark and their intention of licensing (aka shaking Down) all organizations, promoters, websites, clubs… with both fees and other “requirements”.
More recently, the shakedown has begun with at least one promoter (NMCA) receiving a letter to contact them about licensing requirements.
Initial reaction to many was to drop or rename the class instead of wetting the beak of trademark trolls/squatters, but only the weak cave. A specialist trademark attorney has reviewed the applications the club made, and other documentation of the use of the terms – and while we don’t want to show his complete hand – it is obvious that those trademarks should never have been granted and it is a certainty that revocation will be granted.
The way of most common sense and least cost to all (including the club) would be for them to issue a public apology to all NSS Racers and to surrender the trademark back to the Patent and Trademark office as being they had recently realized (save face avoid fraud) that they are widely used over a long period descriptive terms, and should never be registered trademarks. However, like Pinky and the Brain, narcissistic domination of the class stands in the way of common sense and they’ve refused. Their strategy is to stand by the line that they’re just protecting the name from evil (kettle calling pot black) and they’re all about education – at least until the dust settles.
Well the dust shouldn’t settle until no one has the ability to misuse these terms for their ego and the extortion by licensing of the many outside their little club. So after legal consultation, the next step is to file a legal protest to the Patent and Trademark Office with the many examples of why the application wasn’t proper, and the many reasons the registration of the trademarks need to be immediately revoked. This will cost roughly $5,000 in filing and legal fees. Doug Duell and Dave Schultz have stepped up and pledged $500 each, and feel that another eight organizations and well healed NSS racers will also step forward to do the same. If you are willing to be one of the ten helping to right this wrong, contact Doug or Dave.
While the lawyer feels that this will be a slam-dunk once filed, there’s never 100% certainty when you have Federal Bureaucracy involved. If unsuccessful, then a suit filed in the Federal Court of Milwaukee, against the club and certain members will be required, costing the club member and the petitioner in the $100,000+ each range. We feel we also have that covered, but hopefully it will not go that far.
What NSS drivers can do in the meantime is contact the club’s members, as there certainly must be a few feeling this is wrong and don’t want any part of the shitstorm about to happen. Contact their sponsors who may not be happy of associating with a club using the tactics of the Black Hand. Contact the promoters and tracks to let them know who they’re associating with. Contact car and racing magazines, both print and Internet (even racing forums) to have them post the start of what could be a horrible trend to other classes like Nostalgia Muscle Car, Pro Mod, Nostalgia Funny Car, Nostalgia Pro Stock – or even “Bracket Racing”. No club should be allowed to try to own a widely promoted class of drag racing, and an example needs to be made of any club that does try. Regardless of any other differences, we need a united front of Clubs, Promoters, and drag racers to come together on this cause.
More information can be found at:
Sponsor Report of the MoparStyle Race Team
By Dave Schultz
May 19, 2015
This was the 10th Dave Duell Classic — arguably the biggest and best of the Nostalgia Super Stock events. The race honors Dave Duell, who was the coordinator of Nostalgia Super Stock at the Monster Mopar since the early 90s. He died in December of 2005 and the race was renamed the Dave Duell Classic for 2006. While the race moved from the Monster Mopar Weekend to NMCA about five years ago — it is still the big event of the year with Class Eliminations, Driver’s Dinner with Swag raffled out, and a $4000 purse for the Sunday Big Show. Dave’s son (and fellow Team Thug member) Doug Duell now administers this event with NMCA. Doug is my best racing bud and we pit together at the races. Dave Duell got me into NSS back at a race in 2003. I won Class (C/FX) for the first DDC in Big Red Ram, and a couple of other classes in the Vitamin C (C/NSS) and the black Coronet (A/NSS) since. I have yet to win the FX Class in my two attempts at the wheel of the Whale. Dallas has twice won the FX Shootout.
We left Wednesday morning and got as far as Jackson, TN before midnight. We got up at 6:30 Thursday and arrived at the track at noon. Despite the fact that I had a new untested motor in my car and Dallas had made numerous changes to his car — we elected to not pay $150 to make a couple of test hits — and simply established credentials and teched the cars in Thursday. I was very surprised that my Texas Whale was on the Event’s T-Shirt this year. The Chevy guys say it makes a great oil rag.
Friday morning I made 4 test hits on my car and Dallas made three on his. On the first Qualifying run we were both too fast for our 9.75 Index — both running an identical 9.669 (with Dallas having a faster MPH). On the 2nd Qualifying pass I was able to slow it down to 9.759 — giving me 6th of 54 in Qualifying. Dallas was still having issues with a consistent 60′ on his car (we now feel like it has to be the convertor he’d borrowed to see if it would make his car faster) and was in the 9.8s — putting him to 33rd.
I was looking forward to pushing it for the 3rd and 4th qualifying to make my 4th Top Qualifier in a row – but the rain came Saturday and the 3rd and 4th Qualifying were cancelled, and the FX Shootout was rescheduled for the Indy race. The Driver’s dinner on Saturday night was moved up a couple of hours to fit in between storms. I took a lot of photos at the dinner, which I’ll post on this site later in the week — after getting caught up from being away for a week.
The first two pits in the above photo were ours and Duell’s. We pit together parking in opposite directions to share a pit patio for dinners. The top of the Whale can be seen in the SE corner of the photo. 54 NSS cars creates a very long pair of lines. You would think with 54 racers that there would be no chance that Dallas and I have to race each other in the 1st round — but Nooooo, for the 4th time in ten races we had to race each other in the 1st round. On a Sportsman ladder with 54 cars — 6 races 33.
I won that first round — as Dallas’ car just wouldn’t 60′. Dallas would line me up (below) in round two against 00Joe. I’ve been 00’s bitch in our other two races — but I came out on top this time when he took too much stripe on a double breakout.
In the third round I was facing Russ Konkowski, who’d just came off a near perfect round. We both pressed the tree and his -.006 was worst than my -.003. He had to leave 3/4 second before me so I don’t know if his red bulb distracted me and made me go — or if I’d gone red anyway. I’d been fairly good on the tree for most of my passes this weekend.
Then the rain came down hard with 3 rounds left to go. A couple of hours later the remaining rounds were postponed until Indy. Indy is going to be busy with the postponed FX shootout, the finish of the Dave Duell Classic, and the normal Indy race. Sounds like a lot of passes — and a couple prayers that the car will stay together from the hot laps. On top of that – we’ll come a day early to wear the cars out even more. The below is the remainder of the ladder for the Dave Duell Classic.
We left the track at 2:30 and drove to a truck stop to watch (in a storm) the Houston Rockets win the series against the LA Clippers. We arrived at Walmart in Jackson, TN at about 10PM to park for the night. Up at 6:30 — and back to the shop in Richmond, TX at 7PM.
Again I’d like to thank the sponsors who have helped us (in order of how long they’ve helped us): Mancini Racing since 2003 (an account for parts); TTI since 2011 (headers on three cars – had to go custom on the Whale as no one makes); Fuelabs since 2013 (fuel systems on the Whale and Big Red Ram); Aerospace Components since 2015 (Brakes on the Texas Thug — but we have their vacuum pumps on all of our cars and their brakes on my Whale); and ATI since 2015 (convertor on my car – and we run their balancers on all motors). They say the quickest way to become a Millionaire in drag racing is to start out as a Billionaire. We appreciate our sponsors delaying how fast we go broke from our living the dream as father and son drag racing.
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