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New Canadian Nostalgia Funny Car Debut

New Canadian Funny Car Debut: The All-new, Alberta-based Troy Lee Designs Nostalgia Nitro Camaro Funny Car is Almost Ready for Action

Bruce Biegler Jul 7, 2015
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The dynamic new Nitro Funny Car project featuring the melding of minds and finance of longtime and influential drag racing proponents Ron Hodgson, Harold Parfett, and Bob Papirnick is about to hit the dragstrip.

The team has just taken delivery of and will debut soon a cutting-edge 1969 Camaro-bodied fuel burner built by Victory Race Cars in California. Racing fans will be able to witness the official competition debut of this car, which is co-sponsored by Castrol, Ron Hodgson Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, and Ace Manufacturing, during the upcoming IHRA Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada’s Castrol Raceway the weekend of July 17-19, 2015.

Ron Hodgson’s son Ryan, a recent graduate of 6.99 index Nostalgia Funny Car racing, will be at the helm. Expectations are that Ryan will upgrade his racing license prior to entering the car for the IHRA’s marquee annual event race for western Canada.

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The Camaro, which combines for the first time a Victory Race Cars Funny Car chassis with a prototype Victory Race Cars-designed carbon-fiber body, will also mark a welcome return to drag racing and to the Hodgson racing team for Troy Lee Designs. Thus, the car features yet another truly stunning and signature paint scheme from that creative company.

Using a 125-inch wheelbase and a powerful 457ci Alan Johnson Performance Engineering TFX engine, the car is built 100 percent to class standards for both the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and IHRA AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car circuits. Wily Bob Papirnick, who has been deeply involved in western Canadian Funny Car drag racing since 1971, will make all the tuning decisions for the car, which has 260-mph potential.

“What I really like about the car is how much it looks like a real 1969 Camaro,” Bob said. “We’re so pleased with this finished product from Victory Race Cars. And with Troy Lee Designs back with team, we are all looking to appeal to that very important younger generation demographic, as well as traditional Funny Car racing fans.”

The team has also received associate sponsorship from Milron Metal Fabricators, HB Construction, Champion Spark Plugs, Seal Power, Aeromotive Fuel Pumps, and DJ Safety.

After the IHRA race at Edmonton, some additional 2015 event appearances in Canada and the USA in both the IHRA and NHRA are on the radar.

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