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Drag Racing In The '60s US Nationals Part 1

Pictures and movies that I took at the US Nationals at Indy in the '60s.


 


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Sweet Ol Racin' Car Of Mine
This is a car that I built and raced back in the day.





Don Garlits in Swamp Rat XII, Shirley Muldowney interview.
Don Garlits suiting up for a Cackle exhibition of new Nitro Hemi in Swamp Rat XII at Cordova, IL on June 21, 2008. Shirley Muldowney being interviewed in background. Video shot by Billy Moon.





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.





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"





Jungle Jim Liberman and Jungle Pam Hardy
The late great Jungle Jim Liberman and the greatest first lady of drag racing " Jungle Pam Hardy





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





Drag Racing In The Old Days
video slide show of old time drag racing photos





55 Chevy tearing it up at Texas Thaw 2010
Doyn Fleming's 55 Chevy with Aaron Fleming driving at Texas Thaw 2010





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.





1960's Drag Racing in the Pacific Northwest
Some short clips of a great 1 hour 40 minute DVD by Larry Robinson. To order the entire DVD go to www.nitrogeezers.com for details





Grumpy's Toys
Grumpys Toys is available online and in book stores now. Check out Amazon.com for a look inside. 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. Slide show created by one-headlight@live.ca





Indianapolis Nationals 1960-1969 PT1
Various shots of cars and drivers from early years. Don Prudomme, TV Tommy Ivo etc.





T.V. Tommy Ivo Crash
Ivo's crash in rear engine fueler. Looks like he is at Pomona. Did not research. I could be wrong.





70s Drag Racing
70s Drag Racing





"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"




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