Barry was and is a manufacturer of high-end fabric from North Carolina
(Hickory). He contracted Ed Pink in ‘70 to build motors for a Pro-Stock
Camaro he owned. In his dealing with Ed he was exposed to Funny Cars and
loved them. He then had Pink put together a turnkey F/C operation. Pink did
the engines, Buttera the cars, etc. When completed, Kelly Brown was hired to
drive. This combo proved fast but not very quick.
I was in Don Cook's Damn Yankee at the time. With an over the counter
Pink engine, we consistently ran quicker than the Setzer car with little or
no budget. This caught Pink's attention. He asked me to help him with the
Setzer car at a test session at OCIR. He had also had The Shoe in the car
for a similar test weekend. Shoe did what he could, but had his own program
to run. My answer to Ed was -- no deal. Put me in the car on a permanent
basis and we'll talk. He did that and from then 'til Barry quit drag
racing in '73, we did well. He was never involved in any other form of
A quiet, soft-spoken, intelligent man. Also a man of his word and always
a gentleman. A better car owner would be hard to find.