Maritime Mopars Shine at Northeast Reunion
NHRA’s inaugural New England Hot Rod Heritage Reunion at Epping NH last weekend featured a victory by Canadian Mopar brand drag racing proponent Mark Howes (from Rothesay NB)…..
Driving his very cool and high flying 1971 Duster, Howes who is the President of Global Convention Services Ltd., took home the Top Stock eliminator title during the event.
Top Stock racing featured an 8-car field of basically Super Stock or Stock style class cars that are period correct; all steel, full interiors and no hood scoops. Once your class is selected each driver runs according to the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage index for that class. Mark’s car which normally runs as a SS/JA ran as a B/Stocker within the weekend group.
“I qualified 5th in what was a fairly small field,” Mark indicated. “But I still think the event was a good start with some education needed because it was the inaugural. It was interesting — more of a festival feel then a race and much different then I am used to. But I’m very enthused by the win — I’ve been on a good run within our Atlantic Canada Stock/Super Stock circuit and I hope this win helps keep my momentum going into our last points race of the season (this weekend in Greenfield, NS.)”
While Mark was the only Canadian winner he was not the only Canadian event finalist.
Bruce Howatt, who is from Chartlottetown PEI, really turned heads with his simply spectacular and amazing Sox & Martin tribute Plymouth. Bruce took the fully capable 10.20 secs car to the Hot Rod eliminator final round before losing out.
Posting by: Bruce Biegler
Photos by: Dave DeAngelis