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Groovin' at the 'GroveFriday, October 01, 2010
Posted by: Phil Burgess

In Tuesday's injected Funny car follow-up, I featured the Glory Daze Camaro of Kevin Johnson and mentioned that his dad, John, had taken some pretty cool photos from Maple Grove Raceway while working there in the early 1970s. With the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals coming to the Grove next week, I thought it would be cool to share the photos here.

"Dad was just a guy with a Minolta 35mm manual camera that had good track access, angles, and a great eye,'" said his proud son. "He used good film like Kodachrome, Ectachrome, Fuji, and the likes. He had all the shots in slides, and a few years ago, I mentioned to him that he should scan them and get them on a website. He got a scanner, and I took care of the rest.
 
"He's been a big drag racing fan since being in the Navy and stationed in Long Beach [Calif.]. He came home and got into racing at Maple Grove first with a new plum-crazy '70 Challenger and then later with two front-engine diggers (Quarter Pounder). He worked at the track (one of three jobs at the time) part time in the early to mid-'70s doing everything from starting line, pit control, and announcing. He's now retired from AT&T and was an electronics technician for almost 40 years. Couldn't be a better role model or friend to me!"

And a pretty good photographer.

His work is chronicled on the Web and neatly organized into five categories — Funny Cars, dragsters, Pro Stock, altereds, and others – but I’ll just share the floppers today. There's way more than I have published here, and I'd guesstimate that there are more than 400 images all told. The dragster stuff is pretty awesome, too, including shots of Jim and Alison Lee, the Sparkling Burgundy car, and many other Maple Grove faves.

 
It wouldn't be a column about Maple Grove Funny Cars without a shot of Pennsylvania's most famous flopper pilot, "Jungle Jim" Liberman, who drew a crowd wherever he went.
Certainly no offense meant by my previous proclamation to the Keystone State's other Funny Car hero, Bruce Larson, shown with his USA-1 Camaro and smartly matching tow vehicle.
Alan Phillips' colorful Baltimore Bandit Barracuda
Jay Minor's The Trip Barracuda, the body of which I read was not fiberglass but one of the original tin Funny Car bodies.
Long before he became better known as Cristen Powell's dad, Casey Powell wheeled the New Yorker 'Cuda in the nitro wars.
"The Tin Man," Al Bergler, and his Motown Shaker Vega, near lane, ready to square off with Jim Fix and the Frantic Ford Mustang.
Another Maple Grove regular, Joe Jocano, of Rolling Stoned fame
"Fearless Fred" Goeske. Love the fire-bottle mounting spot so common in the early Funny Cars
The Nichols & Oxner Charger and driver/crewmember  Bill Wilkinson. Larry Nichols and Wayne Oxner were the principal owners and Oxner drove in most cases, but there were instances that he couldn’t drive and Wilkinson substituted.
Arne Swensen and the Swensen & Lani Mustang
Get a load of those rear-mounted canards on the machine of Ron "Snag" O'Donnell!
Paul Stefansky's Super Stang
"The All-American Boy," Charlie Allen (current owner of Firebird Int'l Raceway) traveled the country back in those days. Note the absence of a rear window of any kind.
Fitting right in with our recent discussion of injected Funny Cars, here's Ray Harte's Vitamin C Charger A/FC. You also get a nice look at what the track looked like way back then, when it was actually called Maple Grove Park Drag-O-Way.
Hats off to you if you know the driver of the Keystone Kuda. He became kinda famous later (answer below).
More A/FCs: Tom Smith's Virginia Twister Challenger, near lane, squared off against John Carlton's Swinger Nova.
Gene Altizer's Camaro (and ramp truck!)
And finally, and this one is a little later in the '70s ('74-'75-ish), is Kevin Siebert's notorious Karmic Debris Starfire BB/FC, widely regarded as sporting the most unreadable lettering job in the sport's history. But he did have the good sense to place a National DRAGSTER sticker on the fender, so we forgive. Love ya , Kevin.


OK, that's it for a flashback to Maple Grove, but there are plenty of great shots of diggers, doorslammers, and altereds at Johnson's site, http://drags.lookskool.com/index.html. Drags looks cool? You betcha.

Oh, and the Keystone Kuda was driven by that other famous Pennsylvanian Joe Amato before he became a multitime NHRA Top Fuel champ. But then again, you knew that, right? Can't get anything by you guys …
 

More injected Funny Cars!Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Posted by: Phil Burgess

Sorry for the delayed absence, but duty called in the form of a trip to Dallas, and who would ever pass up a chance to watch a race at Texas Motorplex, where anything can happen and usually does? Yesterday was a travel day, replete with the now almost inescapable delays, and this morning was dedicated to whacking a chunk off of my National DRAGSTER duties. Hence today's late posting.

First, I want to thank you all for the kind words about the Jeb Allen article last Tuesday. It was challenging for reasons that many of you understand and for the delicate nature of the subject. Addiction is not a topic easily discussed, and it's usually not something that finds its way into this column, but it was an important story to tell, and, based on your responses – some from those similarly afflicted past and present – it was inspiring. I forwarded most of the messages to Jeb as well as some of the photos that were attached to help him resurrect his collection.

Second, and the subject of today's column, is the response to my recent posting about Midwest injected Funny Cars and the photos sent by Jim Farnsworth. I had no idea it was such a popular and nostalgic topic for so many. I received dozens of responses and even more photos, some of which I'll share today. Worth noting to the many who asked about the absence of certain other injected cars is that the column was just about that Midwest gang and was not intended to be the end-all story about injected fuel floppers. Anyway, on with the show.

"You continue to stir up some great memories, most recently with your piece on injected Funny Cars from the early '70s," wrote Bill Stapleton. "I spent countless hours in the back of a Ford wagon traversing the East Coast on weekends traveling from Jersey to Florida to the south, Canada to the north, and everywhere in between. Besides the old standards running with Tom 'Smoker' Smith’s ECFFC (Smoker, Gene Altizer, Ken Wigglesworth, e.g.), there were the 'new guys' just cutting their teeth, most notably Al Segrini, Al Hanna, and Joe Amato. Jake Crimmins built and drove a car in ’71 with my brother-in-law, John Skistimas, and that Maverick showed up in your last ramp-truck photo run."

Al Booton had already seen many of Farnsworth's photos. "I sat next to Jim last December at Vern Moats' Christmas party, and Jim had two albums with him full of drag photos," reported Booton. "We had a blast looking at them, as they went way back to the Des Moines Dragway, and I am helping a friend work on a history of that track. Jim told me the story about going into Chicago to pick up the Gaglione & Paulo car and ramp truck. He said it was really scary."

A lot of you asked about the West Coast injected Funny Car scene, including our old pal and Lions denizen Robert Nielsen. "I have a bunch of injected Funny Car photos from the early 1970s at Lions," he wrote. "The frustrating part of this is once again, I am unable to locate these since like many of my OLD drag racing stuff, it has been packed away in boxes that I did not label very well. I did find one photo of Chris Christensen’s injected Chevrolet Vega leaving the starting line at Loins. This was probably one of the very early West Coast injected Funny Cars. Note the exhaust headers are not the individual four-tube ‘zoomies’ but instead a four-into-one collector type. Since I shot this photo from the 'photographer’s area' just past the starting line on the right side of the track, it was probably on a Sunday when Chris and several other injected Funny Cars were out making ‘shakedown’ passes."

Another great West Coast injected car belonged to Ken Veney, whose all-conquering Veney's Vega has been resurrected by Vic Miller. Paul Grant sent a couple of shots taken at the recent Pacific Raceways Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. "The car looks great and runs strong," he said. "He was running with the Nostalgia Nitro exhibition class and obviously nowhere as quick, but great value to watch with big burnouts and cool wheels-up launches. I saw on Facebook he was trying to get a group together to race in the Northwest with injected nostalgia machines."

I also heard from Miller himself, asking what I know about Veney's incredible 1972 season on the injected Funny Car circuit in SoCal. "I know Veney won like 15 of the 17 races that year. What I am building on is that I believe Ken had the most winningest drag car that season." I asked our old pal Todd Veney, Ken's son, who replied, "As the story goes (in the Veney household), he won every single one; you know how racers' memories are, though. I personally don't ever remember him losing, but I was only 6 years old."

Insider regular Cliff Morgan continued the theme. "Wow, such neat old photos. I always remember [Lorry Azevedo's] Drummer injected car and that Gene Adams had an injected Satellite (I think) that he ran with another driver, and those two faced off in Pro Comp one year at Ontario. Also Fontanini & Nannini, who I never saw in person but always remembered the name. Anyhoo, good reading, and I hope we get another bunch of injected photos. You could do a whole bunch of stuff just on Adams & Enriquez, my all-time favorite injected nitro guys."

And speaking of the Fontanini & Nannini car, I heard from James Kirby, who owns the Fontanini Stinger Charger and is slowly restoring it. If you go to his webshots page, you'll see about 40 or more photos just on Fontanini & Nannini that he has collected.

Even more A/FC pics can be found here courtesy of Jeff Titsworth, Dick's son, including a few photos from the IFCA banquet at the Playboy Club in Chicago.

The injected Funny Car column was a big hit with Kevin Johnson, who actually pilots a restored A/FC , the Glory Daze Camaro, in competition on the East Coast. "My dad, John, a racer and part-time Maple Grove employee back in the early '70s, and I restored and are racing a Camaro-bodied Logghe stage 1 chassis (originally John Dekker's) as an injected alcohol flopper car at East Coast nostalgia events," he reported. "It's only tagged for 8.50, which isn't anything spectacular for a flopper until you see its launches and steering job to get it down the track. It's a crowd (and photographer) pleaser, and we're having a blast running it. It's very reasonable to build and run, so we're solely out to have fun. Here's our website with pics and more info on the car: www.theglorydaze.com."

Johnson also sent me a link to some of his dad's old photos from Maple Grove, which I will share later this week in tribute to the upcoming Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals.

And finally, it's time to go to injected Funny Car school with Bret Kepner, the Midwest's foremost drag racing historian, who had comments about some of the machines featured in my original column. Take it away, Bret ...


 

The photos (even the shot of Farnsworth's Firebird), are all from Ray-Mar's, taken, as you might expect, at "Broadway Bob" Metzler's Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wis. The majority of the shots were, indeed, from an IFCA event late in 1973, although most of the teams shown also competed in the United Drag Racers Association during the same period. I have a feeling the "expensive" burnout photo of Farnsworth's Vega was taken at Cornhusker Dragway in Omaha, Neb. However, the first three pictures were most likely taken at one of "Broadway's" other extravaganzas.
 
To my knowledge, Ohioan Bob Durban never did race with the IFCA but attended a few UDRA programs. He was most likely booked independently at the event since the car was well-known for its then-recent NHRA national event final-round appearance.
 
Likewise, Dick Titsworth wasn't an IFCA regular, but chances are good the photo used wasn't taken at an A/FC circuit event. In typical "Broadway Bob" fashion, the Toledo Challenger is paired with Dale Emery in Bob Riggle's Hemi Under Glass Camaro AA/FC! By the way, Titsworth was later instrumental in setting up what would be the UDRA's largest Funny Car market competitor, the NHRA Division 3 BB/FC Circuit. 

Finally, Bob Ehgotz was more of a regional racer than a circuit member. The Duane Muelling-wrenched Michigan Firebird shown replaced the team's other Pontiac-bodied FCs, and, like all others, it was powered by a real-live Poncho powerplant. Muelling went on to even greater success when teamed with Al DaPozzo.
 
Now to the real IFCA guys. Joe Arrigo enjoyed a stellar year in UDRA competition in '72 and moved his Michigan Camaro to IFCA in '73. Interestingly, Joe didn't make the switch to BB/FC like so many others when the A/FCs died a slow, uncompetitive death through '74-'75. 
 
Nick Gaglione won a UDRA national championship at the helm of a Nova A/FC, and, if it were even possible, his Vega was even more beautiful. Though Gaglione's competition license number was 382, that looks to be St. Louisan Mike Gordon doing the driving at this event. All of the Chicagoan's machines were immaculate and of ISCA show-winning quality as evidenced by the lead photo used of Farnsworth tending to the Vega's stunning chassis. Nick's son went on to win several NMCA/NSCA Pro Street events in the 1990s. 

Art Cambridge, shown alongside Gaglione/Gordon, raced his Iowa big-block Chevy-powered Opel GT infrequently but always on 100 percent nitro. It was beyond a handful, and this is a fairly rare shot of it in action going straight! It's important to note that the car was built on a stock 95-inch wheelbase and was, most likely, the shortest A/FC ever built. It wasn't the only Opel GT Funny Car ever constructed, but nearly every other attempt was stretched at least a few inches.
 
No black-and-white image can ever do justice to any of Tom Kenny's Red Baron FCs. Each of his cars (Nova, Camaro, and Monza) was done in magnificent red metalflake paint. Tom lived close to all the major Chicagoland tracks and was a regular at Union Grove, Byron, Oswego, Gary, and Martin. 

Another absolute stunner was the candy-apple red DeCausmaker & Tiffin Mach I, which debuted early in '73. Vic Tiffin had campaigned a variety of Vega-bodied A/FCs before unveiling this car, which was, for all intents, a state-of-the-art AA/FC without a supercharger. The car was brutally quick, and its most interesting claim to fame came when the team qualified at the '73 AHRA Gateway Nationals ... in the AA/FC field! (They went two rounds!)
 
The shot of John Kelly in the Blue Meanie Vega is rare because this was the only season he was with the car. Based in upstate Illinois with crew chief Alan Poko, it later became the first of many Tremor FCs run by Poko with driver Bud Williams. The duo went on to many years of success in UDRA, AHRA, and NHRA Division 3 competition. 

At the recent U.S. Nationals, comments were made over the PA system to the effect that Chicagoan Fred Hagen had come out of nowhere. In fact, it was Fred's son who was at the wheel a few weeks ago, but Fred Sr. has been racing Funny Cars for 41 years! This Challenger was one of the only non-Fords that he ever ran in FC trim, which means it was also one of the few to not carry the name Dark Horse. Hagen mentored a yound Fred Mandoline during this period, who was racing a Camaro A/FC campaigned jointly with DaPozzo. By the way, that's NHRA national event winner Ben Griffin in his Texas-based Mach I A/FC in the other lane. Although not an IFCA or UDRA circuit contender, Griffin enjoyed huge popularity with the Union Grove fans, and Metzler booked him extensively at A/FC ... and even AA/FC ... shows at the Grove. 

 

St. Louisan Jim Guthrie shocked a lot of folks when he debuted this beautiful red Mach I A/FC after years as the designated driver for Dick Harrell's injected nitro FCs. The real inside joke was the big-block Chevy engine under the Ford body. Guthrie later switched the car to BB/FC status before retiring.
 
It's true that Vic Tiffin originally drove the Vega that would later become the Yoakum & Stovall Mini Spoiler, but that's John "Lil Abner" Yoakum at the wheel. (This was '73, and Tiffin was in the aforementioned Mach I.) Previously, this car was raced by Tiffin under two paint schemes, but it retains its identifiability by the location of the driver. Carrying a stock 97-inch-wheelbase body, it was originally an altered outfitted with a FC body, and the Vega was a perfect fit for the already-short car. The driver ahead of the rear-end housing is the telltale sign. 

Jack Ditmars may have owned it, but it's a solid bet that his longtime friend and partner Herb Moeller was at the wheel of the rear-engine Boss Brute Vega A/FC on this run. I'm not sure how many laps were made by Ditmars in this car, but they were few. Illini Moeller campaigned the car almost exclusively; he also occasionally drove just about every other machine that Ditmars owned all the way back to the Little Screamer B/Altered '34 Ford.
 
If memory serves, The Stinger paint scheme was one of the last carried by "Fast Albert" Fontanini prior to adding a supercharger and competing with this Charger in AA/FC trim before his tragic highway death. That would put this photo around the late summer of 1970.
 
The Gray Ghost was the last A/FC campaigned by Chicagoan Larry Swiatek, who had previously raced a rare '68 GTO body under the same name. Both had Chevy engines, but Swiatek was a Poncho fan favorite. The very fact that Arnie Beswick's identical Trans Am-bodied AA/FC is in the background makes the photo a rarity.


OK, school's out for now on injected Funny Car. I have a bunch of other photos from our old ramp-truck pal Bob Snyder that I'll share in the future. For now, it's back to work on ND for me, and I'll see you later this week. Thanks again for all of the input and info.

Posted by: Phil Burgess

From the outside, Jeb Allen looked like he had it all. He was driving a Top Fueler and on the front cover of the sport's most popular magazine, Drag Racing USA, when he was 17. He became a national event Top Fuel winner at 18 and a world champ in all three major sanctioning bodies long before he turned 30. He had a wife and two young sons and sponsorship for his race car.

As a fan in the grandstands, I had cheered Jeb on when he won the 1981 championship in dramatic fashion at Orange County Int’l Raceway, and although I was hired by NHRA the following May, I didn’t get to work an event for National DRAGSTER until his swan song at the 1982 Finals. After that, he largely dropped off the radar screen. Rumors of alcohol and drug abuse circulated, and I know that his many friends here at NHRA mourned his absence and fretted over the turn of events in his life. Because his exit and my entrance roughly coincided, our career paths never crossed.

Until last week.

Out of the blue, Jeb — a regular reader of this column as it turns out — wrote to ask about getting some photos from his racing career because his scrapbooks had been lost in a fire. I asked about an interview. We traded e-mails and missed calls, and eventually he called me, from Taipei, Taiwan, where he was visiting his wife's family and preparing to head for China on a sightseeing trip.

I had heard that Jeb had reinvented himself and had become a successful home builder in Northern California, and I was eager to hear his tale of redemption from the disease that is addiction and his rebirth. It's a subject near and dear to my heart because, you see, I have a very close family member who is, as it's politely put these days, "in the disease."

I know well that the 12-step recovery program requires, among many other things, a personal inventory, amends, and "rigorous honesty," so I guess I was not at all surprised that Jeb was not embarrassed to share the story of his fall from greatness, and when he found out about my personal connection to his story, he was even more open, kind, and even supportive.

While I'm working on a Jeb Allen career story for my Pure Nostalgia column in this week's National DRAGSTER, I wanted to share this update here because I know a great many of you knew Jeb or of him and because his story is one of the fragile nature of the human spirit and also the strength of the human spirit, and it's a story that could have far-ranging inspiration no matter your station in life.

I don’t mean to get all preachy, but I've sat in on a lot of rehab meetings and counseling sessions lately to know that sobriety is a hard, scary, and challenging thing for an addict, something I think that is hard for those of us fortunate to not to be so afflicted to understand, so I have a huge appreciation for someone who's committed to their sobriety for any length of time, let alone the 22 years that Jeb has been clean and sober.

Even with two decades-plus behind him, he describes himself honestly as "a recovering alcoholic" because, as I have learned, that's the way people who are being successful in their recovery view themselves — as a constant work in progress — but I’d have to say that his recovery is a model, and all you Jeb Allen fans out there should rejoice that your hero is well and back on his feet.

Allen won the NHRA Top Fuel crown in 1981 in this car. Among that year's achievements was a 5.62-second blast at the Gatornationals, a run that finally toppled Don Garlits' amazing 5.63, set in 1975, from the top of the Top Fuel sheets. "That was one of my biggest moments," Jeb says proudly.

While my DRAGSTER column will go into greater detail, after much initial success in the early years of his career, his terrible two-car accident in Tulsa, Okla., in 1973 with John Wiebe was a real setback, emotionally and mentally. He recovered, of course, and went on to win the AHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, the IHRA title (and very nearly the NHRA title) in 1980, and, finally, his dramatic NHRA championship in 1981.

What few people, including myself, realized was that despite corporate names such as English Leather and Revell on the flanks of his car, he was running on a shoestring budget.

"All I had was the money they were going to give me," he told me. "Most of the rest of the people I was racing against — with the exception of Shirley Muldowney and Don Garlits — had other means of supporting their race cars. I was hard pressed to have a complete spare motor or short block. It was a struggle the whole time. Every year on my birthday [June 8], my dad would buy me a supercharger; maybe that's why I always do well in Englishtown."

His 1982 title defense was a tough one, mentally and financially, and ultimately cost him his family as well.

"I was getting tired," he admitted. "There were some issues I had festering, and I couldn’t get the sponsorships I needed. English Leather said they could sponsor me again, but they couldn't give me quite as much money. During the latter parts of my racing, I was drinking quite a bit. I never drove under the influence, but at the end of the day, I just couldn’t wait to have a beer and I just drank too much and used drugs. I decided I needed a vacation, and all I did was 'vacation.' It took me until 1988 to get sober.

"I took getting sober just as important as any drag race. For a year, I went to three meetings a day, and all I did was concentrate on doing what I was told and not drinking."

It was the following year that Jeb met his new wife, Sue Tsai, and it turned his world around. He had been doing some construction work in Santa Rosa, Calif., and learned how to build houses. In 1990, he founded Palomar Builders — named after the piping company that his late father, Guy, used to run — and moved north to Redding, Calif., just shy of the Oregon border.

Highland Park is Allen's newest development. "We've already built 58 lots, and we're under construction on 41 more at this time," he said. " I think drag racing showed me how to get things done no matter what. Just turn on the win light."

"Sue and I moved to Redding, and there was a lot of opportunity in a small community," he said, "and we've worked our way into being the biggest home builder and largest residential land owner in the city. We own almost 1,000 resident lots. We had some great success in 2005 and 2006; we were selling 150 houses a year."

And now, he's giving back.

"We're pretty well set and have our lives in order, so right now we're really building houses to help support all of the local subcontractors who helped get us there," he said. "We can’t make a whole lot of money doing that, but we’re helping all of these other businesses, and that feels good.

"Once you get your priorities straightened out, good things seem to happen. Everything I ever looked for and wanted out of booze and drugs, I get that feeling every day by being sober. It doesn’t cost me anything, and I wake up feeling good.

"Getting sober is my biggest accomplishment in life."

For a guy with three world championships, national records, and race wins under his belt, that's saying something. Jeb was an inspiration to fellow teenagers like me back in the 1970s, and, apparently, it's a role that he's still playing for me today.

Well done, Jeb. Welcome back.
 

Midwest injected Funny Cars of the 1970sFriday, September 17, 2010
Posted by: Phil Burgess

Injected fuel cars are a big part of the sport's history from Jr. Fuel on up, and although the combination lives on today in the Top Alcohol Dragster class in the A/Fuel designation, injected fuel funnies are no more, though they were certainly popular in the early 1970s.

Before Pro Comp and the popularity of methanol-burning Funny Cars, a lot of the pioneers in that class tried A/Funny Car, including folks such as Dale Armstrong and Ken Veney. I received correspondence this week from another of those early A/FC racers, Jim Farnsworth, who sent me a ton of photos of the cars that he raced and raced with in the early 1970s.

It's cool to see these Funny Cars, some with small "hood scoops" and some with none at all, and to see some of the names associated with the class back then.

Farnsworth, who raced most recently with a blown alcohol Funny Car from 1992 through 2001, got his start in a '31 C/A Ford coupe called The Hustler, racing at Des Moines Dragway, Humboldt Dragway, Cordova Dragstrip, and other Midwest haunts, match racing often against the likes of Jack Ditmars and his Lil Screamer.

After spending two years serving in Vietnam, Farnsworth returned and bought the Blue Bandit A/FC Pontiac Firebird from Dick Stokes and went racing in the International Funny Car Association, locking horns with teams such as those owned by Ditmars, Jeg Coughlin Sr., Dick Titsworth, Hagen & O'Hara, Guthrie & Burton, Gaglione & Paulo, and more, many of whom are represented below.

Farnsworth later bought the Gaglione & Paulo Vega and a ramp truck (you didn't really think we'd get away from ramp trucks, did ya?) and raced until 1975, when he got out of racing to concentrate on business. When he returned in 1992, it was with an ex-Vern Moats Daytona, and Farnsworth, 66 years young this month, still helps ol' Vern once in a while. He's also looking for his old Pontiac, which he'd love to find, restore, and run in nostalgia racing, so keep your eyes peeled.
 

Jim Farnsworth's Hustler Firebird
Farnsworth's Vega
Look, a ramp truck! Someone should do a whole column on ramp trucks.
Bob Durban at the wheel of the JEGS 'Cuda
Dick Titsworth's Seaport Automotive entry
Bob Ehgotz and the Muelling & Ehgotz Trans Am
Joe Arrigo's Camaro
The Gaglione & Paulo Vega, driven by Nick Gaglione
Art Cambridge's Opel
Tom Kenny's Red Baron Camaro
Vic Tiffin wheeling the DeCausmaker and Tiffin Mustang
John Kelly's Blue Meanie Vega
Fred Hagen and the Hagen & O'Hara Challenger
Jim Guthrie driving the Guthrie & Burton Mustang
Tiffin in the Yoakum & Stovall Mini Spoiler
And perhaps the wildest A/FC of all time, Jack Ditmars' rear-engine Boss Brute Vega
Al Fontanini's Charger
The Gray Ghost Firebird


Cool ... that was fun! Shows that you don't need to have a blower to have Funny Car fun. OK, I'll see you next week. I'll only have a column Tuesday (but I think it's going to be a special one) before I travel to Dallas Thursday for the big show there. Thanks for visiting.

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