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Old 04-17-2003, 03:35 PM
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What do you guys think is the best car to run in the pure stock class. My family has always ran eigther a 79 or 80 model Malibu, but i was pushing for a Monte Carlo? (am I way off)

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I like the Malibu's or even the Monte Carlo's but the one car that is a great handling car , and it was built to be that way is a Camaro , use one from the late 70's .
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Most of the tracks I have travelled to have outlawed the use of F-bodies. The reason is fairly obvious because they have such a advantage over the rest of the field. There have been a couple of tracks however that have F body classes for the guys who just won't run anything else. At the track I race at in particular the sanctioning body has grand-fathered in the F-bodies that ran before the new rule. And wouldn't you know it 3 of the last four season championships a Camaro, or TA has finished #1. My 1981 Malibu right behind them.

If your track allows it run a F-body, its almost like cheating they corner soo good right out of the factory, way less work to make a competetive car.

Otherwise the Malibus, Montes, Grand prix's and the Olds one, can't remember the name. are all the same cars. Just what ever is cheaper.

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Sorry I didn't read the Pure stock class part, disregard the part about set-up. Are you allowed any modifications at all? We have a class like that here and they're fun to watch.


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Run one of those front wheel drive caddy's from the late 70's with a big block stripped to the bone and wipe the field, I seen one guy do this and he was immediately disqualified on some trumped up ruling. I thought it was interesting how much faster his front wheel drive was on the track. With all that weight on the front tires he was unbeatable out of the corners. There is a good reason why there are two different classes in ice racing...front wheel drive and rear wheel drive...Take advantage of a loophole in the rules unless they have already disqualified these cars.

It was funny to hear all the catcalls from the fans in the stands until he walked away from the field on the first corner, there were a lot of necks that got redder in the stands that day! Nice to see a little ingenuity and creative rule bending from a newbie.
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A guyy tried that here with a old Eldorado, in theory it would work, but this car really was for lack of a better word ****. Maybe the guy just couldn't drive.


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One local dirt tracker ran a V-6 front wheel drive Pontiac against the V-8 powered Montes etc and laughed his way to the winners circle consistently. I think he fell into the best combination of power/handling for the particular track.

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YEA... If you can get away with it, go front wheel drive on dirt. You can throw the rear out like the rest and just pull it through the turns. When they are spinning the tires in the turns, you will be pulling away from them, but still have the fun of hanging it out in the turns.
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I should have said earlier that there is no way I would try a front wheel drive car myself. Don't you think if it actually worked, lots of other people would do it by now? Seems simple to me, there's no way I'd try it. There would be a severe push through the corners under power, unless you like gliding slowly through the corners, and don't like to win. As for kicking out the rear like the others, and pulling away it sounds like a good idea but it would not work that way. Especially on a dirt track. Stick to rear wheel drive.


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Most guys at our track use the mid 70s Malibus, Monte Carlos and Grand Prix. We never had much luck with the 78 and up metric cars becuase the suspention and rearend wasn't tough enough.
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fbodies seem to dominate this area, if you can't use one of those, one of the guys is doing well with a late 70's caprice, former cop car, they have heavy duty suspension and handle failry well.
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