"Jungle" George Kubis cont...
by Rodney Knock
Early in the new millennium “Jungle” George decided to give it one more go around! Two things were certain 1) it had to be Chrysler and 2) it had to have a HEMI!!! Since this was probably going to be the last race car he would build he wanted to pull out all the stops and proceeded to construct a World-of-Wheels quality race car. He then contacted Ken Black, son of legendary engine builder Keith Black, and the two collaborated on a 498 cid Pro Stock HEMI. It was now time to get started on the car.
George found a 1979 Plymouth Arrow that had been raced as a pro stocker back in the day but it needed so many updates he decided to pull off the body and build an entirely new chassis. “I put a call into my buddy Mike Ruth at Alston Race Cars” he told me. Of course Mike thought it was a fantastic idea and encouraged him all along the project build with great enthusiasm!
George is very well known in the Chrysler circles as evidenced by this picture with Mopar royalty
Mike discussed his heavy involvement with the Nostalgia Pro Stock Series and was currently working with Mark Pappas on his RMS Tribute Camaro. Needless to say, George was hooked and started to build. This car was completed in less than a year. He put together one of the nicest race cars ever seen. The fit and finish work is incredible and the attention to detail is so precise that pictures do not do it justice. He’s quick to point out that he had lots of help along the way. Credits go out to Doug Christiansen for help with the chassis, Bill Bokoon for body work, Glen Gilmore on the interior and Gary Gabhart for the paint.
The car was wired by longtime friend Dan Blankschein, who also serves as crew on race days! He also wanted to thank Marv and the guys at Quick Fuel and his brother Dale, who now runs the family business, Kubis Auto Body. Originally this car was so very nice that it was more of a “show car” than a racer, but George just had to take it down the track! He ran the car for a couple of years with the all black paint and “Jungle” on the doors.
Advance to current day and George was able to strike a deal with Nina Stepp to recreate the car her famous father Billy, “the kid”, Stepp campaigned. This Arrow is now in the exact livery as when it was piloted by Ronnie Sox.
George runs his Arrow with the Midwest Nostalgia Pro Stock Association “Paying Tribute to the Legends” group and takes the car all over the Midwest and South where it always draws a crowd, especially with the Mopar faithful.
“Jungle” George Kubis is a very likeable guy who is always willing to sign an autograph or bench race with you. If you run into him at a race track tell him we all say “Hi” !!!
Left to right Dean Sox Veronica Jensen “Miss Painless Wiring” and “Jungle” at the Race and Performance Expo
(L) George and the late Joe Lepone Jr. - (R) George with Linda Vaughn they met in the seventies and remain good friends
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