i don't think it was an attempted guilt trip . More someone that wants to race ,and has raced before, simply asking a qusetion about the rules. This atitude is what ruin's the chance for everyone to be a part of drag racing! Rules and $$$ thats what it equals out to. Sound like someones been watching way too much nascar. I rather see a hydro than a t5 any day.but thats just me .i like to see period correct racecars not someone's interpertation of one with a 1968 slant six one barrel and t56 ,radial tires ,gay ass red rims ,and a racoon tail . Oh, and you can miss a shift with a manualy shifted hydromatic . You don't wan't dirt racing any way he might build a car thats faster than yours and that would make you look bad.i will never build a "hampster" for the simple reason of that i can build a real race car ,not just a stock motor'd go cart for big kids .and the rules that govern them.