Drag Racing:

The Sox and Martin Pro Stock Gallery

These collectible drag racing images are 8 inch by 10 inch RC silver prints picturing various Sox and Martin, factory backed Pro Stock race cars in action.

These low resolution images don't do the prints justice. Each 8" by 10" RC Silver Print, hand crafted and signed by the artist, is very reasonably priced at $29.95 plus $5.00 I/S/H. Ordering more than one print equals discounts.

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#120: 1970 P/S: Sox & Martin at Speed - Indy Nationals

This image was captured at the September, 1970 NHRA Summer Nationals at Indianapolis. Here we see Ronnie approaching half track, streaking by a few of the hundreds of photogs at that year's Nationals. Notice how high the car sets. The "Lil Boss" was very different from the slammed, high tech Pro Stockers of today. This was before Pro Stocks builders were allowed to narrow the rear ends and it was hard to get the big slicks in those little wheel wells. These cars had conventional 4 speeds and Sox was one of the best of the quick-shifters.... running in the 9.90s at the time.



#306: 1970 P/S: Herb McCandless driving the S&M Duster

This very rare image was also captured at the September, 1970 NHRA Summer Nationals at Indianapolis. Here we see Herb McCandless driving the Sox & Martin Lil Boss Duster and half a car out on an unidentified competitor. This was one of the first team efforts in a National Pro Stock History.

The Sox & Martin Team was extremely popular and Herb McCandless represented Sox & Martin in many match races driving this car. This Pro Stocker carried P/S Number 211, and was detailed exactly like Ronnie's famous Cuda (P/S Number 200 - see above). This vehicle also acted as a test bed for the latest Sox & Martin ideas.



#217: 1971 P/S Race: Sox & Martin vs Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins

This image pictures a classic drag race between two racing team legends, Ronnie Sox and Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on Sunday, May 23, 1971. The match race of the day featured a Sox and Martin, Hemi powered Plymouth (driven by Herb McCandless) against Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins' Rat powered Chevrolet. Notice the powdered rosin on the starting line and the traction paths. Here we see both cars approaching the sixty foot mark, Grumpy's wheels still high in the air. The factory backed teams raced three times and posted six almost identical 9 second ETs. Each race was decided in the lights and the Thompson crowd went nuts.


Here's another image from the same race, captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on Sunday, May 23, 1971. This negative has been overlooked for over 35 years. We have no idea why, it's a great shot, extremely sharp with fantastic highlight and shadow detail. Here it is at last.

(Note from the artist)

At that time (1970's) the majority of my professional Drag Racing images were being reproduced in the weekly drag racing papers. I remember this day, very well. The light was a problem, Sunday, noonish, almost straight down . . . not my favorite. I also remember seeing this negative but didn't think it would reproduce very well on news print. It makes a beautiful and very collectable silver gelatin print and I'm glad I finally printed it, but it still doesn't have the clear separation of tones it needed for those soft, news paper reproductions. Its just too subtle for that.

Sox and Martin was one of the first teams to use a multi a car approach, creating numerous clones. They used this concept in testing, match racing, and national race strategies. Here we see team driver Herb McCandless launching his Sox and Martin Cuda, an exact duplicate of Ronnie's Cuda. Herb's driving style was very much like Ronnie's, very smooth and preciese. And, on any given day, Herb could beat anyone.



#215. 1971 P/S: Sox & Martin at Thompson

This image was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on August 25, 1971. Here we see the beautiful Cuda poised in the staging lights about to make another 9 second pass. This telephoto time exposure (about half a second) captures he natural light as it plays across the car and this low resolution net image can't do the print justice (extremely sharp). Notice the powdered rosin on the starting line and the traction paths. Also, check out the ultra narrow front tires complete with raised white letters spelling Ronnie Sox. Yes, that's Dyno Don Nicholson in the other lane.



#121: 1971 P/S Race: Sox & Martin vs Dyno Don Nicholson

This image pictures a typical P/S launch between two Drag Racing legends, Ronnie Sox and Dyno Don Nicholson. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on August 25, 1971. The match race of the evening featured a bunch of big name pro stockers. Notice the powdered rosin on the starting line and the traction paths. Both cars have the front wheels in the air and are dead even. Notice the extreme rear tire distortion on the Sox and Martin Plymouth. The rear wheel is totally buried in the lower back of the ballooning slick. Speaking of tires, how big do you have to be to have a tire manufacture emboss your name in raised white letters? Ronnie Sox was that big (see the front tire on the "The Boss" Barracuda).


This excellent image was captured in early 1972 at Thompson Drag Raceway. Here we see Anthony Christopher launching his new and very immaculate Sox and Martin prepared Cuda, the "Peace Maker". It looked, sounded, and ran exactly like Ronnie's Barracuda. Even the red, white, and blue color scheme was identical.

In The early 1970's, Sox and Martin built numerous back up Pro Stockers and if you had enough money you could buy one. As the story goes, Sox and Martin guaranteed these cars would run as quick and fast as their number one car. Ronnie would prove this by running quick E.Ts just before turning the race car over to the new owner. In effect, Sox And Martin was daring the new owner to beat them with an equal car.



#291: 1972 P/S: "The Boss" Sox & Martin

This is an image picturing Ronnie Sox launching "The Boss" Pro Stock Duster. It was taken on July 28, 1972 at Thompson Drag Raceway, Thompson, Ohio. It's extremely sharp, signed and dated by the artist.

The Sox and Martin team was one of the most successful drag racing teams of all time. Ronnie can be seen through the window as he burns through his traction path. This is the second launch through the rosin (the first traction path can be seen under the car).

This is one of those Gilchrist images using a relatively long shutter-speed combined with a very quick flash (1/800 sec.); a night-time technique which creates both a sharp and blurred image superimposed. Gilchrist has this balance combination down. It is one of the qualities which sets his work apart.



#292: 1972 P/S Race: Sox & Martin vs Dyno Don Nicholson

The featured match race of the evening paired Billy The Kid, Barry Setzer, Sox and Martin, and Dyno Don (Thompson Drag Raceway, July 28, 1972). This image pictures a classic manufactures duel (The Dyno Don Ford Maverick verses The Sox and Martin Plymouth Duster) Here we see the Maverick with a few feet up on the Duster and wheels in the air. Ronnie, still very much in this race, can be clearly seen through the window as he launches through his traction path. Once more, Gilchrist's timing is incredible, the race action perfectly illustrated with a great sense of sharpness, speed and composition.



#204. 1973 Pro Stock: Sox & Martin at Dragway 42

Here is a beautiful image captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) on June 24, 1973 when Dragway 42 hosted a special race featuring a large field of top name Pro Stockers. Here we see "The Boss," on another quick pass, wheels hanging in the air. Notice how fresh the car looks, not even a chip on the bumper.... show car condition.



#216. 1976 Pro Stock: Sox & Martin at Thompson

This image was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on July 3, 1976. On a warm Saturday night, a huge crowd gathered at Thompson to celebrate our Country's 200th birthday and at the same time, witness a large field of famous Pro Stockers in action. Here we see Sox, Launching the little Dodge Colt on his second pass through the powered rosin, his burnout smoke still lingering in the air. Ronnie (sporting a moustache) can be see through the drivers window, totally focused on business. The Pro Stock team of "Sox and Martin," was awesome. The cars were always fast and beautiful, and he crowds loved them.


List Of Prints in The Sox and Martin Pro Stock Gallery

#120: 1970 P/S: Sox & Martin at Speed - Indy Nationals
#306: 1970 P/S: Herb McCandless driving the S&M Duster
#217: 1971 P/S Race: Sox & Martin vs Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins
#336: 1971 PS: Sox & Martin - a Herb McCandless wheelstand
#215: 1971 PS: Sox & Martin at Thompson
#121: 1971 P/S Race: Sox & Martin vs Dyno Don Nicholson
#337: 1972 PS: S&M Built: Anthony Christopher's Peace Maker
#291: 1972 P/S: "The Boss" Sox and Martin
#292: 1972: P/S Race: Sox & Martin vs Dyno Don Nicholson
#204: 1973 P/S: Sox & Martin at Dragway 42
#216: 1976 P/S: Sox & Martin at Thompson


Each 8 inch by 10 inch RC silver print, hand crafted by the artist, is very reasonably priced at $29.95 plus $5.00 I/S/H. Ordering more than one print equals discounts (see About Silver Prints).

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