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1970 – Pro/Stock is Born as the End Draws Near
Pro Stock Maverick
Mister Ed is an example of an early
independent Pro/Stock Maverick. By
this time, little help could be expected
from Ford. (“FE Bob” Fermier
collection)

Chick DeNinno drove a Cammer-
powered Pro/Stock Maverick for Sam
Auxier, Jr. and Woodfield Ford. (Alan
Wood)
Ford’s compact car, the Falcon, began 1970 as a sedan version of the Torino, before completely
disappearing by mid-year. The Falcon’s replacement in the economy market would be a new car
called Maverick. Although there would be no performance version of the new model available, it
would soon become the choice of racers competing in Pro/Stock. Over at Lincoln-Mercury, the
Comet name returned in 1970 sharing the Maverick platform. The racers seemed to be split down
the middle as to how to power the Maverick. Some stayed with the time-honored SOHC 427, while
others forged ahead using the relatively untried Boss 429.
429 Cobra Jet Mercury Cyclone
In 1970, the Fermier
brothers got some short-
lived support from
Lincoln-Mercury for this
429 Cobra Jet Cyclone.
The car ran in E/SA.
(“FE Bob” Fermier
collection)
Those relying on the Cammer included Don Nicholson, Darrell Droke, Ed Terry, Al Joniec, Sam
Auxier, Jr., and John Skistimas. In the case of Ed Schartman, two cars – a Maverick and a Comet –
used both the Cammer and the Boss for power, respectively. Among those with Boss power were
Dick Brannan, Barrie Poole, Hubert Platt, Rich LaMont, Dave Lyall (Mustang), and Mickey
Thompson (Mustang). Rich LaMont took a unique approach to the induction system on his
Philadelphia radio station WIBG-sponsored Maverick. A custom-made tunnel-ram intake manifold
mounted two of the newly introduced Autolite in-line 4-barrel carburetors. Feeling the sting of a
marked reduction in factory support, the racers were on their own as far as research and
development by this point, but still forged ahead, delivering victories to Ford on a regular basis.

Don Nicholson qualified in the number four spot at the NHRA Winternationals before bowing to
engine woes. At the AHRA Winternationals, Nicholson advanced to the finals against Bill Jenkins
only to redlight. Nicholson would go on to hold the distinction of the last Cammer-powered Ford to
win an NHRA national event by taking the Pro/Stock victory at the 1971 Summer Nationals with his
Maverick. Rich LaMont’s performance in NHRA North East Division 1 would lead to him being one of
just two Ford Pro/Stock drivers invited to compete at the NHRA World Championship in Dallas,
Texas. Sam Auxier, Jr. was awarded the title of Best Engineered at the NHRA Gator Nationals for
his beautiful Maverick.
This step back to cars the average fan could relate to was just what the doctor ordered. With the
exception of lettering, a hood scoop, and big rear tires, the Pro/Stock cars appeared just like the
everyday production offerings, and the popularity of the class grew by leaps and bounds. The
Pro/Stock cars were exciting to watch, with wheelstanding starts, side-by-side competition, and high
9- to low 10-second elapsed times. In the beginning, the cars were very close to production models
and used manually shifted 4-speed transmissions. Unfortunately, as the class progressed and grew
in popularity rules changes eventually allowed the cars to depart from their production roots,  much
like what had happened in the early Factory Experimental classes.
1970 Mustang Drag Racing
Gary Horton ran the
former Dave Lyall
Going Thing in S/S
Eliminator. (Gary
Horton)
1970 Maverick
Rich LaMont launches his patriotic
paint schemed Pro/Stock Maverick at
Cecil County Dragway. Using Boss 429
power, LaMont was a top contender in
NHRA Division 1 in 1970. He did so
well that he was one of only two Ford
drivers invited to compete at the 1971
NHRA World Finals in Dallas, Texas.
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Total Performers Ford Drag Racing in the 1960s Total Performers: Ford Drag Racing
in the 1960s
by Charles Morris
The 1960s was arguably the most important decade for
drag racing. It had exciting cars, thrilling races, and most
importantly, factory participation. Among the best high-
performance cars and engines were those coming from
Dearborn, Michigan. Ford Motor Company’s “Total
Performance Years” saw a breakthrough as drag racing
helped the younger, performance- and style- conscious
consumer to begin receiving some recognition.
Factory participation in drag racing pushed the
envelope for high performance developments. Ford's
FE-series engine, Police Interceptor, GT 390, Single
Overhead Cam, Cobra Jet, and Boss 429 are all
covered in detail. See the cars and the drivers that
made them famous – Dick Brannan’s Goldfinger, Bill
Lawton’s Mystery Mustang, “Dyno Don” Nicholson’s
Eliminator Comet, Gas Ronda’s stretched Mustang, Al
Joenic’s Batcar, and more.
Click here to view sample pages from
each chapter.
Chap. 1 - 1960 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 2 - 1961 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 3 -
1962 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 4 -
1963 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 5 -
1964 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 6 -
1965 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 7 -
1966 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 8 -
1967 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 9 -
1968 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 10 -
1969 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap. 11 -
1970 Fords in Drag Racing
Chap 12 - Ford of Canada Drag Racing
Accomplished journalist and life-long Ford aficionado
Charles Morris takes you back to the Total
Performance Years through first-hand accounts as well
as over 400 rare photographs. A drag racer since
1966, Morris has run cars in both Stock and Super
Stock classes. He is currently the owner of the original
Norristown Ford 1963 _ lightweight Galaxie and races
the car in Nostalgia Super Stock as part of the 422
Motorsports Drag Racing Team. This book is a must
read for all drag racing fans, not just Ford enthusiasts.
Hardbound
10 x 10"
192 pages
130 color & 290 b/w photos
Item # CT407
Price: $Discontinued
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