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By Tom Carnegie
Interviewer: This newsletter we are excited to announce a conversation between two ardent supporters of the Montana 500.
The first one is called "Aged Car", the second, "Super Cam".
That is not their real names, but is what they'll go by in this article. I'll start the conversation by asking a question of Aged
Car. Mr. Car, where do you "come down" on modifications to
cars participating in the Montana 500?
Aged Car: There are two classes in the Montana 500, the touring class and the trophy class. Any cars may participate in the
touring class, but only stock Model T Fords are allowed in the trophy class.
I: Mr. Cam, do you think the cars in the trophy class should be stock?
Super Cam: Of course.
I: With all due respect Mr. Cam, I've seen your car, and it isn't
what I'd call stock.
SC: Sure it is. I don't think that your definition of stock is the
same as mine. I'm sure that "stock" means different things to
different people. For instance, if you were to ask Jeff Gordon
what a stock car was, you'd get a far different answer than one
from our friend Aged Car.
I: Mr. Car, what is your definition of "stock".
AC: Stock means just as Henry made them.
SC: You mean if a T is painted red it wouldn't be stock?
AC: No, it wouldn't.
SC: I think that what you are is a "stock fundamentalist".
You're trying for an unreachable idealistic goal. The Montana
500 was never conceived as this sort of thing.
AC: I believe it was. Even the earliest fliers for the event said
that the T's must be strictly stock.
SC: I've seen those fliers. They say the cars must be strictly stock
then they go on to say that outside oil lines, water pumps and so
on are allowed. Original T's didn't have these you know.
AC: You call me a "stock fundamentalist". I say that you are a
"stock infidel". Would you say a T is stock with a water pump on it?
SC: Yes I would.
AC: How about a distributor?
SC: Yes I would.
AC: How can you say a T with a distributor is stock? T's didn't
come with distributors.
SC: My Granddad bought a T new from the dealer in Salt Lake
City in 1925, and it had a distributor on it.
AC: Ford didn't make the distributor.
SC: True, and Firestone made the tires. I mentioned earlier that
Jeff Gordon's definition of "stock" might be different from yours,
let's see what Webster's definition of "stock" is.
AC: I'll look it up. Webster's says a stock car is: "a racing car
having the basic chassis of a commercially produced assembly
SC: That definition would fit a T with a distributor or even a Rajo
AC: Well, yeah that definition would, but that isn't my definition.
Stock to me is the way they came off the assembly line.
SC: I think that you are mixing up the term "stock" with" original".
AC: Maybe so, but I don't want Rajo heads in the Montana 500.
SC: Me neither. I am content to call a Model T built according to
the rules of the Montana 500 "stock".
AC: Since it isn't practical to race original cars, I'll concede to
this too. I guess "stock" is a broader term than I thought it was.
I: Thank you gentlemen!
AC: You're welcome.