Quite possibly the ancient concept of yin and yang might be the best way to describe the efforts of two Chevrolet-brand drag racers: Todd Moyer and Greg Porter. While enthusiasm, passion, and format for racing within the sport has some parallels—their approaches are vastly different.
Texan Todd Moyer and Carolinian Greg Porter each have race cars that, for the most part, focus their activities within USA drag racing’s vastly popular eighth-mile independent circuits. But the similarities pretty much end there, emphasizing again the inherent fan attraction of drag racing that “anything goes,” much to the delight of the racing public.
The name Todd Moyer is well known within Chevrolet outlaw door-slammer drag racing. The owner of a very successful auto and truck repair facility (TRM Auto & Diesel Service in Pasadena, Texas), Todd has been active for a number of years within the fast street car community, campaigning six different Chevrolet vehicles over the course of his career, including a record-setting and fan-memorable XTF (Extreme 10.5 tire) Cavalier and a 1963 Corvette.
Moyer, however, graduated to Pro during 2015 when he had an amazing new Camaro constructed by Jerry Bickel Race Cars, specifically for eighth-mile Pro Boost class racing. Todd armed the machine with a 528ci engine from Carl Stevens’ Xtreme Race Cars that is equipped with twin Precision Gen2 94mm turbochargers.
“I did spend a number of seasons building my reputation as an XTF and Outlaw racer,” Moyer affirmed. “With this Camaro, it’s my first time in a Pro car. We focus only on eighth-mile racing—mostly the PDRA circuit and events at the track in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”
Moyer’s machine quickly proved to be an effective class car with runs in the 3.7 e.t. zone and terminal speeds over 210 mph.
Moyer and wife, Kathleen, cite valued key tuning support from both Steve Benoit and Joe Oplawski (Hyperactive Solutions in Chicago) as an intricate part to their racing efforts.
In stark contrast to Moyer’s space age-looking Camaro is Greg Porter’s truly period-correct 1955 Chevy gasser: The Night Stalker.
This car actually began life as a race car and has a rather deep U.S. Southeast regional history. Between 1955 and 1963 it ran as a “stocker” while owned by John Lollis and driven by Dude Moore. In 1963, Dude Moore purchased the car and proceeded to turn it into a gasser, and it was run as a B/Gas or C/Gas until about 1970.
During that time it was a very popular attraction at the local dragstrips like Greer, Spartanburg, Asheville/Hendersonville, Ware Shoals, and Fort Shoals.
After that the car was put out to pasture until 2005 when Porter purchased it. He, along with original driver Dude Moore, set out to refurbish it back (close as possible) to its original form. During that process they melded a lot of the car’s originality (straight-axle, tube trailing arms, sheetmetal, pedals, and fiberglass bucket seat) with enhancements to make it safer and once again race ready. Greg then installed a 434ci small-block Chevy engine built by Fulton Competition.
“The car was still painted green when we pulled it out of the woods behind Dude’s home,” said Porter. “We cleaned it up and painted the chassis, rewired it, replaced missing glass, and installed a brand-new headliner. The car is being fuelled by its original Moon tank.”
For Greg, it has been mission accomplished for carrying on the history of the car. His gasser typically runs along the East Coast and mostly at eighth-mile tracks where it has recorded its fastest pass at 5.60 seconds at almost 124 mph. But in late 2016, Greg Porter ventured out on his furthest trip yet with his machine, towing all the way to NHRA’s 25th California Hot Rod Reunion in Bakersfield. The decision paid off nice dividends as Greg emerged as the winner of the event’s added attraction, Geezer Gasser exhibition eliminator!