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Vintage footage of the 1963 Smokers Fuel & Gas Championships at Bakersfield.


 


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48-Year Itch!
When the stars line up in front of me, I just have to record it. I have no choice. And this was one of those moments. I don't know if this will ever happen again. I certainly hope it will--and in front of the grandstands at some selected NHRA events. For you see, you just don't see this happening at all-- when you look back at how unlikely it is that the car and the driver would still be around in 2012! Take the driver, Don Prudhomme. How many times did he make full passes in a top fuel dragster or funny car? And for how many years? In short, it's a miracle that he is in one piece, after all that--and he is! Thank goodness! Then the car: The Greer, Black, and Prudhomme dragster, built by Kent Fuller and raced from 1962 through 1964, with the original partners, it ran up an incredible record at southern California tracks of 81 wins and only 8 loses! (According to Phil Burgess) Then lengthened--bought and raced as the "Bonanza" for a while, eventually stripped of it's motor and left sitting for years. Restored by Steve Davis, bought by Bruce Meyer--How likely is it that it would be allowed to join up with "Snake" for this moment? Pretty unlikely--except that it's owner Bruce Meyer, is a good friend of Don's, and after hearing about Rick MacDonald, they gave him the nod to bring the car to the track, and push start it to life. Now the driver could have been someone else....but it wasn't. That's what makes this fire up so significant. And like I said: All we can do is hope that this mind blowing moment will happen again at a track near you. And if you hear they are coming, better "Make the Scene". For the chance may not come again. Like an old legendary cowboy on a white horse in your local parade. And all you need to do is what you did when you were a kid: Sit on the curb and watch him go by. Perfect. :)





1968 NHRA U.S. Nationals The Eliminators - Part 1 - 1960s Vintage Drag Racing - Indy
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm Vintage Drag Racing - The Eliminators Part 1 - 1968 NHRA U.S. Nationals. 1968 Nationals Finalists: Top Fuel Winner, Don Garlits; Runner-up, Steve Carbone; Top Gas Winner, Jack Jones; Runner-up, Walt Rhoades; Super Winner, Paul Stage; Runner-up, Don Nicholson; Comp Winner, Harry Luzader; Runner-up, Carl Roland; ModifiedWinner, Sam Gianino; Runner-up, Dave Koffel; Super Stock Winner, Arlen Vanke; Runner-up, Wally Booth; Stock Winner, Larry Lombardo; Runner-up, David Duell. Also featuring the Winged Express, Kansas John Wiebe, Ronnie Sox, George Montgomery, Bruce Larson, Gordon Collett, Tom the Mongoose McEwen, Leroy Goldstein, Billy Kidd (Will's Fargo), Sneaky Pete Robinson, Dick Smothers, Tommy Ivo, Tom Hoover and Shirley Shahan. Drag racing of the 60s.





Nostalgia Dragsters
Nostalgia Dragsters at Gasser Magazine Reunion - Thompson Raceway Park, Ohio





1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals Tournament of Champions Part 5 - 1960s Vintage Drag Racing - Indy
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm Vintage Drag Racing - Tournament of Champions Part 5 - 1969 NHRA U.S. Nationals. Narrated by the late Steve Evans. Qualifying and eliminations featuring Top Fuel Winner Don Prudhomme, Runner-up Kelly Brown; Top Gas Winner Domenic Santucci, Runner-up Phil Hobbs; Funny Car Winner Danny Ongais, Runner-up Rich Siroonian; Super Eliminator Winner George Montgomery, Runner-up Ron Ellis; Competition Eliminator Winner Terry Fritsch, Runner-up Neil Ellis; Street Winner Glen Self; Runner-up Carroll Caudle; Super Stock Winner Ronnie Sox, Runner-up Ron Mancini; Stock Winner Bill Morgan; Runner-up Tom Neja. Drag racing from the 60s.





Hawaiian Dragster
One of the greatest Top Fuel Dragsters of all time. Owned by Roland Leong, tuned by Keith Black and driven by Don "The Snake" Prudomme. The car was later driven by the late Mike Snively. It won Indy twice!





Drag Racing In The 60s Part 1
Pictures and movies that I took at US 131 Dragway back in the '60s.





Vintage Drags
Slingshot Dragsters including the Hawaiian & Big Daddy.





2011 AUTORAMA Vintage Dragster Cacklefest
autorama's 60 vintage dragster cracklefest at night with flames shooting out of the Exhaust!





Vintage nitro dragster warm up.
2007 CHRR Cacklefest vintage nitro dragster warming up.





BACK IN THE DAY
Victoria , Texas, USA, 1963 through 1975, we once had a place where people with the desire to race would compete in a completly controlled environment within the guidelines of that time period. That was "BACK IN THE DAY" at SIX FLAGS DRAG WAY.





Front Engine Top Fuel Dragster
The late John Wenderski's "Black Beauty" Top Fuel Dragster. Unfortunately, this car was destroyed and it's driver killed at Ramona Dragstrip in San Diego.





bad dragbike crashes
Things happen REAL fast on a drag bike,,,,,,,,, sometimes BAD THINGS.





The Surfers win Bakersfield
1966 US Fuel & Gas Championship. Bakersfield, CA held by the Smokers. The Surfers vs Warren & Coburn in TOP FUEL.





DRAG RACING: 7 SECOND LOVE AFFAIR
What Drag Racing was all about in 1965. Lions Drag Strip at the peak of drag racing's golden age is the backdrop for this award winning documentary about the Adams,Wayre & Stewart Top Fuel Team's trials and tribulations in 1965 and focuses on the life of Rick "the Iceman" Stewart (the current NHRA chief starter) as he attempts to grab the second half of the two part world's speed record. This is the one DVD that every drag racing fan MUST HAVE! GET IT TODAY at: www.ClassicFUEL.com





Vintage Top Fuel Drag Racing
Vintage shots of Greer*Black*Prudhomme, The Greek, Masters & Richter, Art Malone, John Wenderski & others!





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