Just thinking today, as the Jalopy Showdown approaches, about the end of the sixties, and the Gas classes... I remember my neighbors, in the 80's building Nova's and Chevelle's, and running on nearly deserted asphault at a decrepit Atco raceway. Before the upswing returned, and the crowds, too... It was one of my earliest encounters with true "race" cars...my father had built Hot Rods, and plenty of bikes, but racing, at the track anyway, was just a dead, pale, shadow of what it was supposed to be to his sensibilities, by this time. So when did "real" racing die? What year? When were the last Heads Up matches held around the country? And when was Bracket racing invented? I remember the 70's funny cars, and early pro stock, but were there still any "grass-roots" heads up classes still during this time? Seems like there is a 10 year span there that no one talks about, at least from a "back yard" racer standpoint... Thanks for any insight about the dark ages!