Nostalgia Super Stock Inc.
by Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. Staff
Starting at the top, this month’s feature is a double-header, profiling the presidents of Nostalgia Super Stock Inc.
Up first is Joe Zajac, who will be retiring at the annual spring meeting; and further along, Rich Berlisk, who is moving up from the vice president’s chair.
Certainly more than an ‘average Joe’, Zajac has managed the club since 1994. A major event Included during that tenure was the 1997 ‘rebellion’ and subsequent reorganization.
At the time, of course, no one knew how the decisions would eventually play out. But history has now proven that Zajac’s leadership has guided the club to longevity and continued success.
An overview on Zajac from the club’s media guide entry:
Car No. 3
The ‘Rompin’ Redskin’’ Super Duty 1963 Catalina is an outstanding reproduction of the very rare factory-built Pontiac Super Stock drag race only cars. These vehicles were built from September 1962 to January 1963 and came with aluminum front fenders, hood, and bumpers, radiator and core support. Some also had plexiglas windows and holes drilled into the frame to reduce weight. They were often called ‘Swiss Cheese’ Catalinas.
They were the last factory race cars built by General Motors before its infamous self-imposed racing ban in January 1963.
Owners(s) and Sponsor(s)
The ‘Rompin’ Redskin’ is owned by Joe and Cheryl Zajac of Burns Harbor, Indiana / Sponsored by Strange Engineering and The Car Store of Evanston, Illinois.
Joe Zajac, married to Cheryl, is retired from Master Lock after a many year career. A former machinist and industrial maintenance supervisor, Zajac takes great pride in performing all the work and modifications on the car. After many years, Cheryl Zajac continues to serve as treasurer to the club.
Purchased in 1985 for $150, the ‘Rompin’ Redskin’ was a two-barrel automatic transmission grocery-getter sitting in Trinity, Alabama. Finding the elusive Super Duty parts took five years of following leads that turned out to be both fact and fiction but finally Zajac acquired enough material to start the restoration. The car was completely disassembled and then purpose-rebuilt for NSS.
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