In terms of combinations, the rules are fairly straightforward. The body must be one that was created between 1959 and 1969 by an American manufacturer. For Chrysler products, that includes Hemi and wedge motors in A-Bodies and B-Bodies, so long as the car was available from the factory with that particular engine. Hood scoops replicate original equipment, no high-tech monster scoops, while any fiberglass must exactly replace the stock steel panels. Engines are required to run gasoline (AFX machines can run methanol) and can displace as many cubic inches as you wish, so long as the engine is configured like the era-correct OE equipment (in other words, no Pro Stock motors). Weight has no minimum, while safety requirements identical to NHRA's make up the bulk of the remaining regulations. While single four-barrel combinations are allowed, multiple carbs are the norm.
The end result is a field of cars much closer to what would have raced each other in the heyday of the factory supercar. It is not all Mopars; Ford Thunderbolts, 409 Chevys, Super Duty Pontiacs and even AMXs create the picture, but, just as in the old days, the Mopars are by far the most abundant. A handful are factory-built Max Wedge and Hemi machines, while the remainder are well-done clones. This is beneficial for a number of reasons, but the most important is that the drivers can really drive these cars. This means wheelstands plus up-to-date rollcages and engine plates that don't harm a relic from the past.
The NMCA is an organization devoted to street-car performance. The evolution of the upper divisions has made some entries closer to IHRA Pro Modifieds than boulevard bruisers, but most of the nostalgia entries could be street driven if needed (just like the factory packages from the old days could).
At the season-ending NMCA World Finals in Atlanta, we had a chance to catch up with some of the players in the Nostalgia Super Stock ranks. Here are a few of them.