In the mid ‘80s my wife and I were at Indy and hanging with our
friend Galen Rogie. It was his last race, as he had gotten married and his
new wife hated him racing. Anyway, he told me that the previous year,
while finishing second in Division 1 in Top Alcohol Dragster and sixth in
the whole country, he and partner John Campany had a combined income of
only $21,000. And Campany had been married long enough to have a kid
already. It blew me away! Galen made $12,000 as a truck mechanic and John
made $9,000 as a meat cutter.
The car had early Veney heads on it and lots of good parts, but the
only major spare parts were one rod and one piston. The trailer was home
made and the tow vehicle was an early ‘70s Suburban. By the way, the
Veney heads on Rogie and Campany's car were bought used from Art Gallant,
who won the Gator Nationals this year.
What you can't do with a very little money, a lot of skill, and a ton