"Jungle" George Kubis
by Rodney Knock
Like many guys growing up in the ‘60’s, ”Jungle” George Kubis was bitten by the “hot rod” bug at an early age. At a mere 14 years of age he bought a 1964 Chevelle and immediately began souping it up! No worries that he was two years away from being able to legally drive it.
Throughout high school George had several hot cars and was just getting started with organized drag racing when he received an invite letter from his Uncle Sam. After proudly serving in the Army for several years he returned home and promptly picked up where he had left off.
George bought a brand new SS Chevelle, equipped with a big block, 4 speed and all the rest of the must-go-fast goodies. Before he made the first payment, he stripped the Chevelle down to bare bones and painted “Sparkling Burgundy” on the doors to go racing. This was the first in a series of race cars with the “Sparkling Burgundy” moniker on the doors.
George became intently interested and transitioned quickly into the new NHRA class of Pro Stock. He jumped in with both feet but soon realized the Chevelle was too big and too heavy. He removed the drivetrain from the Chevelle and stuffed it into a 1968 Camaro.
This Camaro was already sporting fiberglass fenders, doors, deck, bumpers and plexiglas windows. He then added “Sparkling Burgundy” once again to the doors and it was off to the races.
‘Jungle’ George Kubis at Oswego Dragway, circa 1972 with his Pro Stock Camaro
George and his Camaro became a regular at US 30, Oswego and Union Grove. He raced against all the local hot shoes of the day and occasionally mixed it up with guys like Ronnie Sox, Bill Jenkins, Dyno Don Nicholson and Arnie Beswick. It was during that time he formed a lifelong friendship with Ronnie Sox and Don Nicholson and continued match racing with these guys throughout the ‘80’s and ‘90’s.
More pics of George in his 'Sparkling Burgundy" at Oswego
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