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Ace photographer Tim Marshall covered the March Meet for sister publication and sent us this from the excited crew after the final. It speaks to the enthusiasm still being created by young racers who are just getting a start in the sport. Certainly programs like the NHRA Nostalgia series; and the ultra-popular Jr, Dragster category are the future of our beloved sport. (Tim Marshall photo)

And you cannot wipe the smile from Justin’s face as he holds his beautiful trophy



Until Next Time…

(Brad Baker photo)


Judy’s MOPAR power plant, while running wedge heads, is Chrysler (distributor location), the single carb concept is unique to this writer. For a car this big to run times in the mid tens is remarkable with only one carb. Justin wanted a package that would be consistent and by winning the Hot Rod Eliminator title at the March Meet, he has proven the concept works!


Originally built as a street machine, Justin realized how well his car ran (Mid 10 seconds at 135 MPH in the quarter mile) and decided he should try going to organized drag races instead. He debuted JUDY as a Nostalgia racer at the March Meet in 2015. Last year, 2016, he went to all the NHRA Nostalgia races and finished 5th in the final Hot Rod standings.


His great start for 2017 finds the Purple and Teal Nostalgia car in the points lead after two events.  “I am certainly going to give the Championship my best shot”, Justin told us.

This is a great frontal view of the pristine ’46 Plymouth starting his quest for the Nostalgia Hot Rod season title in the staging lanes at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix in January.  (Brad Baker photo)

Back in 2016 at Wild Horse Park, when we did yet know Justin or Judy, we shot this photo of the colorful Plymouth in the pit area prior to eliminations. Now, a year and a half later, they are March Meet Champs!  (Brad Baker photo)


Justin Crosby’s 1946 Plymouth

Big Booty Judy

Photos by Brad Baker, Tim Marshall and Paul Schmitz

(Brad Baker photo)


The beautiful Nostalgic Hot Rod racer pictured above burst onto the scene about three years ago and has not missed many western area Nostalgia races since. Justin Crosby, a young man from Lancaster, California, is the creator and ‘Godfather’ of the 1946 Plymouth he named “JUDY”.


After attracting a lot of attention and photos by ‘just being out there’, Justin found the stars lined up in his favor at the 2017 March Meet in Bakersfield, CA. There the talented young driver kept clicking off wins from the largest class at the event. When only two remained, Justin sort of gulped and thought, “boy what a deal”!

Hot Rod: Justin Crosby, Lancaster CA, ’46 Plymouth coupe, .090 R, 10.742, 124.35 def. Josh Wagner, Wasco Ca, ’72 Maverick, .090RT, 11.534, 102.52 (Paul Schmitz photo)


The newest March Meet Hot Rod Eliminator Champ reflected on the first time he attended the ‘Patch’, with his grandfather, Garry, who took him to Bakersfield during the early ‘90s. He told his Grandpa that he would someday build a car and compete there.


After trying the Rodeo Circuit, Justin decided he wanted to restore a car that was located in a shop where Bonneville Speed Legend Ed Houtz plies his trade. After helping with the land speed effort for a couple of years, Ed called Justin into the office and gave him the ’46 Plymouth Coupe. The car had been built for racing, but it still took Justin three years to update to the consistent 10-second machine it is today,


During the reconstruction, he had the help of two friends, David Jones and Chris Buckner; along with his family.

This story lends itself to the ‘everyman’ dream of yesteryear. The young racers from the Lancaster – Palmdale area north of Los Angeles pretty much finished their car in a home garage setting. After spending three years to accumulate all the necessary parts and pieces, Justin and his crew started final assembly in 2014.


Judy is powered by a 440 Mopar wedge big block built by a longtime friend Eric Jones in the early 2000s.  The power train consists of a 727 transmission professionally built by Protrans of Lancaster, CA. Power is directed to the rear wheels through a Mark Williams 9” Ford rear axle and spool.



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