You're absolutely right. A 12.9 ET would have taken the "F" to a class win in A/S at the 1962 Nationals. Had it run S/S it could have also won, as Tin Indian won that class with a 13.44 at 108.4 (although the driver had been running in the 12s all day).
A couple of Studebaker Larks show up here every year for the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drags in September at Mid-Michigan Motorplex, including Plain Brown Wrapper. They are quick, very quick.
Advances in transmission design have reversed the fortunes for stick vs. auto over the years. The sticks were faster enough in the 50s and 60s that NHRA created separate classes for the automatics. These days, I don't think it likely a stick shift could win at the strip. I have a 1970 Chevelle 454 4-speed, but don't race it because the stick makes it uncompetitive. I run a Chevy 454 auto trans. instead (w/ 4.11s).
Mike Reed in Hastings, Michigan
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