About Us



Scott Venning

Scott began drag racing in the late 1960’s and by 1970 was racing NHRA B/MP Modified Eliminator. Scott and Tony Christian built cars together and raced together from the beginning.

Scott stopped driving in 1973 and concentrated on engine building and building race cars. He also enjoyed custom car painting and painted most of the race cars he was involved with.

By the late 70’s and early 80’s Scott became involved in rebuilding Ferraris and specialized in Ferrari engines.  

During the mid 1980’s Scott started a telecommunications company and for the next 25 years worked in the corporate world.

In 1997 Scott teamed up with Tony Christian to go racing again. They raced NMCA Pro Street.

Scott wanted to do something different and in 2005 he became involved in Motorcross racing and Supercross racing and was building Honda engines for people around the world. Heath Voss and Scott raced AMA Supercross and X Games.

In 2015 Scott wanted to get into drag racing again, but missed the days of the early Pro Stock cars. He formed Pro Stock Rescue with Tony Christian and Woody Mays.

Scott and Tony have been friends since the late 1960's and Woody Mays and Scott worked together in the mid 1970’s at Ronnie Kaplan Engineering.

Go the www.venningmotorsports.com to see more about Scott 



1971 Pro Stock - Racing Wally Booth  


1972 NHRA B/MP Modified Eliminator


1998 Christian & Venning NMCA Pro Street


Building Race Bikes and Racing with Heath Voss
AMA Supercross and X Games



Woody Mays

Woody started his career in race car building with Greg Kaplan at Ronnie Kaplan Engineering in 1972 building Pro Stock cars when the NHRA class was beginning. Woody and Greg built many Pro Stock cars including cars for the Rod Shop and Joe Satmary. Woody and Scott Venning became friends in the mid 1970’s while both worked at Ronnie Kaplan Engineering.

In 1975 Woody was working with Greg Kaplan at Greg’s new shop, Chassis Craft, building Pro Stock cars. Woody built the 1978 Pro Stock Mercury Zepher for Animal Jim Feurer.

By 1979 Chassis Craft was sold to VFN Fiberglass and Woody was running the shop and building Pro Stock cars.

In 1981 Woody moved to Atlanta to work at Jerome Bradford Race Cars. This is where he teamed up with Warren Johnson and built the 1983 Pro Stock Hurst Olds, which was featured in Hot Rod Magazine. Woody also built the original “Party Time” Pro Stock Firebird for Jim Ruth / Darrel Alderman.

Woody Race Cars was opened in 1983 and Woody kept busy building many cars. Here are some highlights: Charlie Peppers 1983 Pro Stock Thunderbird, two more “Party Time” Firebirds, 12 Pro Stock Camaros, over 25 Econorail Dragsters, and Richard Holcomb’s Top Fuel Dragster.

A change came in 1989 when Woody went to work for Fab Car building road race GTP 962 Porsches and GTO’s.

Woody moved back to Chicago in 1992 and worked for Gary Heights who was starting a new business, Heights Hot Rod Shop. Woody was involved in R&D and new products.

From 1997 - 2001 Woody worked between Heights Automotive Group and Alston Racing.

Woody missed doing his own thing and in 2001 started Woody Race Cars again. This time in Chicago building Pro Stock Cars, Top Dragsters, Super Pro Dragsters, and Jr Dragsters.

Wanting to take a break from his one man shop, in 2008 Woody worked again for Alston and Heights, which eventually became one business. Woody built the 2012 Pro ET Championship Camaro for Simon Gough and the car was raced in England.

The urge to be on his own again came in 2014 and Woody Race Cars was up and running once more.


Joe Satmary 1971  Pro Stock Camaro



Animal Jim Feuer 1978 Pro Stock Zepher 


Warren Johnson 1983 Pro Stock Hurst Olds
 

Jim Ruth / Darrel Alderman 
1982 Pro Stock Firebird "Party Time"
1st Pro Stock in the 6's


Richard Holcomb 1988 Top Fuel Dragster
3rd Top Fueler in the 4's


Hector Laraquente 2006 Pontiac GTO Pro Stock


Simon Gough 2012 Pro ET Camaro
Championship Car in England




Tony Christian

Tony began drag racing in the late 1960’s and by the mid 1970’s was well known for his success in NHRA Modified eliminator. Tony moved into NHRA Pro Stock in the 1980’s and continued his very successful career. In the 1990’s Tony dominated NMCA Pro Street, and most recently Tony has been Pro Mod racing.

Tony has been driving winning drag race cars for 50 years, and is now again driving a Pro Stock from one of his favorite eras, the 1980’s

Along with racing, Tony was a pioneer in the speed shop business and a very successful entrepreneur in many businesses.

Tony and Scott Venning have been friends since they both started drag racing in the late 1960’s and have built race cars together, raced together and have been business partners many times.


    

                      1969 D/G Modified Eliminator

    

1971 D/G Modified Eliminator

   

1974 D/A Modified Eliminator (Lee Shepherd Driving)

    

E/MP, F/MP, H/G. G/G Modified Eliminator Record Holder

1987 NHRA Pro Stock Firebird

   

1988 NHRA Pro Stock Beretta

    

1997 NMCA Pro Street

    

1998 NMCA Pro Street Firebird

2011 ADRL Pro Mod