1968 NHRA U.S. Nationals The Eliminators - Part 1 - 1960s Vintage Drag Racing - Indy
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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.
The Legend Bob Glidden
My tribute to my all time favorite Pro Stock racer Bob Glidden. All photos
are from my collection of pictures that I took of some of Bob's cars over
the years. Also included is the Diamond P coverage of Bobs horrifying crash
at the 1986 race in Atlanta.
In the '90s Bobs sons Billy and Rusty told thier Dad that they knew of some
Pro Stock racers who were running Nitrous Oxide and that was the reason they were
getting outrun. Bob didn't believe them so they built a second car to prove
that it could be done without being detected. .From the Feb 1996 issue of
Super Stock & Drag Illustrated. Page 24
"They will tell you it's totally impossible to run Nitrous & not get caught'' Glidden said " but
thats wrong,Thats flat wrong. A Ford with Nitrous bumped me outta the field at Topeka last
year. A Ford out of my own trailer. So nobody can tell me it can't be done.
I know it can be done."
The the father told a incredible story of how his kids had bugged him for
18 months , convinced that some Pro cars were running Nitrous & that he was missing the boat by not
running it too. "I told them if i had to cheat to race i'd quit" he said
"My kids know that: " if you think other people are doing it then go ahead,
prove to me you can do it.But keep in mind that if you get caught you're
going have to deal with the consequences; So they did & never got caught"
Later in the story
Then came the bombshell--- an admission at Indy by a Pro Stock racer with
firsthand knowledge of Nitrous oxide use
: Rusty Glidden. With his confession came a detailed description of how the
Nitrous system was secreted in his car.
"The holding tank was the big weight bar in the back. The Nitrous line started there,went over the axle
housing right up to the front of the car & stopped at the motor plate,
which was rifle-drilled. One of the supports holding the hood scoop on was
rifle-drilled & went up thru the top of the hood scoop to a small stainless
steel line that had 2 jets centered over the carbs. With .029 jets we made
120 ftlbs more torque at 7000 rpm & averaged 90 more horsepower. According to Bob
Glidden , the Nitrous system was
detection proof. "you had to have a combination of things to activate it so
a tech guy couldn't walk up , turn on the ignition & open the throttle. The
shock switch had to be on, the computer switch on, the engine running & the
throttle wide open. Trust me" Glidden concluded " Thats not fiction"
COMPETITIONPLUS.COM - 1978 NHRA U.S. NATIONALS
Relive one of drag racing's most prestigious drag races, the 1978 U.S.
Nationals, and the storylines are incredible. The emotional Funny Car final
round features Tom "Mongoose" McEwen versus longtime rival Don "Snake"
Prudhomme. In Top Fuel, Kelly Brown and Rob Bruins fight their way towards
the world championship. And in Pro Stock, get a glimpse at the "Mad Dog"
Bob Glidden's undefeated Ford Fairmont.
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Side note; The images depicted in this slide are internet finds and I claim
no ownership to them. All photos in the Grumpys Toys book have been used
with written permission and differ from what you see here.
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"Big Daddy" Don Garlits breaks 270 mph barrier; 1986 Gatornationals
Don Garlits' record breaking run of 272 mph to earn him the distinction of
being the 1st to break 270 mph in NHRA Drag Racing, while defeating former
NFL Quarterback Dan Pastorini in the semis of Top Fuel at the 1986
Gatornationals, and without a doubt, this was THE race of the day.
Kids, this is why they will forever call him "BIG DADDY"