VW drag racing: Tar Babe, Underdog, Dyno-Soar, Hater Maker, BUG-IN 35
VW drag racing passes, including Jon Schweers in the former Dan Lawson CE
notchback, debut of the VW Paradise Hater Maker VW Pro Mod beetle(?), with
Kris Lauffer behind the wheel, making TNT passes, and Mike Cruz in the
insane Nitrous-powered VW single cab
bus. Is this the fastest Volkswagen bus on the planet? He's running deep
into the 11's, with lots left.
Trick or Cheat takes the wheelstand title of the event, with Larry Hanson
getting air coming out of the waterbox. R.I.P. Les Navales, from the Trick
or Cheat team.
Jesse Hardin also makes a pass, in the blue VW Der Renn Kafer Cup bug, with
Shawn Geers crewing.
This VW drag racing video wraps up with the Fleming and Aronson Tar Babe,
Underdog, and Dean Lowry D.D.S. Dyno-Soar cars all squaring off
against each other. These VW bugs have been meticulously restored, but
mechanical problems made it rather anti-climatic. Ultimately, it was Lee
Leighton, at 80 years old, who really put the hammer down in this VW
nostalgia drag racing segment.
VW Drag Racing: Turbo & NOS, Unlimited Street style, Carlsbad 2004
VW drag racing video from Carlsbad. These street legal VW bugs are running
turbos and/or Nitrous. One of the white VW beetles may have
belonged to Fat Mike. The light green NOS-powered VW bug is driven by owner
Phil Brown, who has been a member of the Paradise Motorsports pit crew for
many years. Phil is a low-key kinda guy; he would come out to Carlsbad, run
deep in the 10's, then go home. He didn't bring the car out to the HotVWs
Drag Days, and he didn't run with the Unlimited Street guys. If you race at
Atco or Etown, think of Phil as the West Coast version of "Jersey Joe"
Koenig; they both run light green VW bugs on NOS, they are both nice guys,
and they have both earned heavyweight status at their local drag strips.
This footage was shot in 2003 or 2004, some of it at the Carlsbad VW vs.
Import events. The now-defunct drag strip had been in a state of disrepair
for quite some time; after it rained, the track crew would be out there
mopping up water, that was seeping up from between cracks in the asphalt.
Despite the dicey conditions, VW drag racers like Scott Fetherolf, Eric
Calabrese, and Mike Scott made the trek down from the Simi Valley area.
You'll see Scott, in his blue choptop Unlimited Street beetle, matched up
against Phil Brown. At that point in time, Scott was still running a
factory VW case, but he was a force to be reckoned with.
Mike Scott is the owner/driver of the Unlimited Street silver Autocraft
oval, which is running alky. Mike had been taking heat online, from bench
racers who thought that the immaculate oval window Beetle was all show and
no go, but he proved that wrong with a 9.96(9.98?) pass.
The Carlsbad races tended to be a TNT type of racing, where people were
getting their rides dialed in. Cars would either break, or be all over the
track, due in part to the track conditions. At one point, Kris Lauffer in
the Devils Hotrod was squared off against John Leso in the blue Manx, in
what should have been a heavyweight matchup of the decade. They both ended
up running down on their numbers, but as you'll see John went on to run a
low 9-second pass, at 149 mph. Classic!
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Following all the action from this wild wheel-standing drag race class as
they race at Santa Pod and Shakespeare County Raceway. Off the track
probably the most chilled out set of racers anywhere, but on it, expect the
unexpected! Also includes away from the track feature. Full 1 hour 40
mins running time.
Thanks to "The Dead Ranch Hands" for the use of their music on the DVD
Unlimited Street VW drag racing, Las Vegas & Sacramento 2004
"It sounds just like what it is" Street cars racing whatever VW engine
combo they want; turbos, Nitrous, etc. These drag racers had to drive from
the hotel in Vegas to the track, so trailer queens were out. Other rules
included minimum 1700lbs. with driver, both front seats in, cars licensed
and insured, muffler, full working lights, and no wheelie bars.
Super Street VW Drag Racing: PRA '95, Ocean Street Video
Gary Berg came out of retirement to make an appearance at the Sacramento
Bugorama, in the famous Berg Super Street VW Beetle. He ran head on into
the ascending star, Andy Costello, and a serious duel ensued. Both drivers
pushed each other into new E.T. records, and a final confrontation. Other
Sacramento Super Street action included Candy Larsen of JCL Race Cars,
nearly beating the odds with a two-day-old engine in the right-hand drive
Ghia, that Shin Watanabe used to race.
These days you can find Candy running in the Powder Puff series, where the
competition can be plenty tough. If you ask her how difficult it was to
learn how to shift a right-hand drive race car, against the likes of Rafael
Vasquez, Andy Costello, Gary Berg, Chris Tool, etc., she'll probably tell
you that it was no big deal.
1995 marked the emergence of Shawn Geers as a serious player in the PRA Pro
ranks, and it could have also been the first time that Super Street Dave
Perkins ran the class.
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VW drag racing, Outlaw Turbo class, BUG-IN 35, 2010
VW drag racing from the Fontana BUG-IN #35. This is the M-Spec Motorsports
Outlaw turbo class, which is also run at
the Irwindale Drag Day races. Racers in attendance included Roger Crawford
from Heads-Up Performance, in his Nitrous-powered Karmann Ghia, Hector Urias(R.I.P.)
running his VW Beetle with the Type 1 transmission, Eric Calabrese in the
Red Baron Pro Mod VW, etc.
There are also a couple of license passes in this video. Other VW drag
racing clips from the event being posted later.