The IHRA created the Professional Modified drag racing class in 1990. Born from the High Sportsman bracket racing class, the ever plucky IHRA acknowledged the wild reputation of the varied fast eight and fast 16 shootouts that had been occurring all around the japanese (significantly the southeastern) US and determined to convey that taste of no-holds-barred door slammer drag racing to the nationwide occasion stage. Roughly 14 seconds later, rivals began pushing the foundations, going sooner, and driving the category to the extent it has achieved at present. 1992 would convey a specific shockwave to the category within the type of Scotty Cannon’s “Lumina.”
Cannon was a holy terror within the Professional Mod ranks in the course of the 1990s. The person gained six IHRA championships (when that title was the premier one to carry in all of door slammer racing). He nonetheless holds the category report for essentially the most wins, he was named to seven Automobile Craft All Star Groups, and maybe most significantly, his flamboyant type, unhealthy ass repute, and talent to drive the hell out of a race automobile helped launch Professional Mods from a gaggle of wanna be Professional Sportsman racers to the veritable rock stars of the drag racing world. Now again to that Lumina.
Lovers of nitrous-fed Professional Mods are sometimes heard to complain that the blown vehicles are, “nothing however alcohol humorous vehicles with doorways.” That’s not true in fact, because the chassis of every automobile are completely completely different, the motors have some variations, and most significantly, a Professional Mod has a full suspension the place a Humorous Automobile has none.
Cannon had at all times been a nitrous man from his days of working a legendary Willys coupe and barnstorming the Southern match race circuit and fast eight slate. He made the choice to modify over to a blower in 1992 which was a serious piece of stories in itself. There weren’t that many guys within the blower ranks at that time, and to arduous core followers of the category, this was akin to the ache Boston sports activities followers felt once they noticed Roger Clemens don a Yankees uniform. It was just like the Earth rotated backwards on its axis for die arduous followers. Cannon, as ordinary thrived on the controversy. Humorous factor was, the motor was to be the least controversial a part of the automobile it was destined for.
Within the early years of the category, it was form of just like the wild west. The principles had been free and racers, being who they’re, took full benefit. Cannon employed legendary chassis builder Tommy Mauney to assemble the automobile and sourced an Oldsmobile Humorous Automobile physique to hold on the chassis. They reduce doorways within the physique, painted it up, slapped some headlight stickers on the entrance and set to dominating the one and solely season the automobile could be authorized for competitors, 1992. The hilarious a part of the entire thing for us is the truth that the fellows didn’t even attempt to take away the massive flat spoiler/wing hanging off the rear of the automobile. That they had actually constructed a Humorous Automobile with doorways, and as you’d count on, the competiton was not happy.
Understanding that in the event that they did not react to the automobile the category would lose its cool identification, IHRA officers notified Cannon that the automobile could be allowed to run in 1992, however wouldn’t be authorized for competitors after that. He drove the Lumina to the 1992 IHRA Professional Mod Championship, a lot to the chagrin of his competitors.
We’ve seen nonetheless photographs of the automobile, and the picture beneath was truly snapped from a poster hanging in our AutoCarTechNews East Coast HQ. IHRA used the automobile in promotional posters for the 1993 season. Attention-grabbing certainly!
We scoured YouTube and situated the Zapruder movie of door slammer drag racing. This clip is from 1992 and reveals the automobile making a qualifying lap on the legendary and historic Darlington Dragway. The standard ain’t nice, however you’ll see this one 12 months marvel in motion.
Scotty Cannon is one in all our drag racing heroes, this automobile is likely one of the the reason why.
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