Drag Illustrated Issue 176, May / June 2022 - Page 87

been here for over 16 years .
“ Everyone in that building in Oklahoma is Stroud ,” Anita continues . “ Tommy and I are just Stroud on paper , but it is our workforce whose attention to detail and the pride in their craft is tremendous and shows in the finished product . They are why we can say with pride , ‘ Made in the USA !’ Without them , that phrase would be impossible .
“ Three of the women on that list work on the administrative and sales side of the business , but the rest of them work in production ,” Anita adds . “ Both in our machine shop business and at Stroud . We have some really good people who make us look good .”
As the Cunninghams continue to race their own Pro Mod throughout the Midwest , business is still on their minds 24 / 7 . However , like a lot of us , drag racing has always been a part of the Cunningham family . “ Depending on who you speak with , I was something like two or three weeks old when I was at my first race as my dad ran Super Stock with the NHRA ,” Tommy says .
While the pandemic of the past two years had an effect on a lot of businesses , the Cunninghams were able to actually increase their business due in part to some judicious moves and purchasing of raw materials . “ You can ’ t sell from an empty wagon ,” Tommy says .
“ We are grateful to have Bob as a consultant anytime we need to call on his years of experience ,” Tommy adds .
As we have mentioned previously , there is a vast number of women who make the sport of drag racing great and Stroud Safety is just one such tribute to each and every one of them . DI
[ EDITOR ’ S NOTE : The author of this story , John DiBartolomeo , passed away after a long , courageous cancer battle just days before this issue went to print . The DI team extends our deepest condolences to John ’ s family and friends .]
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