Once upon a time, entry level stock car divisions at local bullrings across the country were filled with the glorious growl of American V8 engines. They were called “Hobby Stocks,” “Pure Stocks” or “Street Stocks.” A few unimaginative promoters condemned them as “Bombers” or “Thundercars,” as if any fool would want to drive a car so named.
But regardless of the title, entry-level stock car fields at local racetracks were stuffed with mid-sized, V8-powered American automobiles throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Most of them were genuinely nice looking cars. They may have been beaten up at the racetrack, but at least they started life with an attractive shape. The car of choice for many was the Chevelle, but the Nova, Camaro, Mustang, Grand Torino, Cutlass and many others proliferated.
For three decades the Hobby Stock classes drew more entries than anything else at short tracks nationwide. Why? Because the cars were available.