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Remembering Kosty Ivanof

By James Morgan

Kosty Ivanof's Corvette undergoes between rounds maintenance at NED, requisite souvenir Ts and halter tops in the background. Photo by James Morgan
Kosty Ivanof's Corvette undergoes between rounds maintenance at NED, requisite souvenir Ts and halter tops in the background. Photo by James Morgan

Kosty Ivanof had a great racing career up here in New England. For awhile he was the dominant car at New England, Connecticut, and Lebanon Valley. As early as 74 he was pounding out 6.30s and by 75 was a consistent low 6.20 car. Kosty wasn't afraid to lean on it and many a pass was punctuated by piston smoke in the eyes. He and usually one other crew member would bust their humps and change pistons in 90 minutes, come right back and rip off another great run. I guess his career NHRA highlight was being low qualifier at the Winters (78?) one year with a 6.06, I think. His biggest match race triumph came at the 75 New England Funny Car Nats, defeating a 32-car field including a pretty good tussle with "Jungle" in the final.

James Morgan
jdmmfr@gsinet.net
http://www.Motorsportunderground.com

 

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