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NHRA Pro Stock Team David Reher, Buddy Morrison and Lee Shepherd - Rear View

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One of the Best
When the definitive history of NHRA Pro Stock is written, the team of David Reher, Buddy Morrison, and Lee Shepherd will be among the best of the best. The trio's real success began with a Modified Eliminator win at the '74 Winternationals powered by a Reher & Morrison small-block Chevy with heads by Lee Shepherd. Car Craft staffer Rick Voegelin began chronicling the three Texas hombres' exploits in this magazine before the Pro Stock days, but the juggernaut began in earnest in 1980 when they won six of ten races yet lost the NHRA title to Bob Glidden at the World Finals before the days of points racing. That loss was the motivation that pushed the team to four consecutive Pro Stock titles from 1981 through 1984.

This photo was taken at the '83 Winternationals during the peak of their racing successes. Reher and Morrison were always known for their expertise in making horsepower, opening their fledgling business in 1971 that continues to this day building racing and street engines for a variety of competitive venues beyond just drag racing. Lee Shepherd was the cylinder head specialist and driver for the team. The team continued even after Lee's unfortunate death in a testing accident in 1985, and Reher-Morrison continued to build racing engines even after Buddy lost his battle with cancer in 1998.

What will stand forever is the team's legacy as one of the giants of Pro Stock racing. Pro Stock's current 6.509 record seems light years quicker than the 7.80 times in the '80s, but every new record is laid upon the foundation built by past heroes like David Reher, Buddy Morrison, and Lee Shepherd.

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