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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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Americas Car Collection - "Ivo Series" Naming the Showboat.
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Jim Nicoll clutch explosion
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Drag Racing Glory Days, Pt. 2
This documentary, hosted by Dave Despain, features incredible footage from the 1971 NHRA SuperNationals in Ontario, Ca. There are neat interviews with Dick Landy and classic footage of Top Fuelers and Funny Cars. This three-parter is 30 minutes in length.





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





Jungle Jim and Jungle Pam - Drag Racing Legends
Years before John Force arrived on the scene, drag racing's original flamboyant showman was "Jungle Jim" Liberman; a larger-than-life individual whose flaming burnouts, glib personality, and boundless energy helped endear him to fans in a manner that eluded other drivers with better winning records. Liberman was much more than a touring professional; with his wild wheelstands, 100-mph backups from burnouts, stubborn refusal to lift on even the most out-of-shape runs, and his curvaceous companion, "Jungle Pam" Hardy, Liberman provided all the entertainment of a traveling circus. Liberman's life, like the lives of many fast-living icons of youth such as James Dean, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin, was as short as it was fast-paced. He died at the age of 32 after suffering fatal injuries in a head-on collision with a bus on Sept. 9, 1977. His premature passing left a void in the sport that wasn't replaced until Force's explosive personality emerged in the late 1980s. Today, the legend of "Jungle Jim" lives on with "Jungle Pam," his constant companion in his heyday who titillated race fans with her skimpy outfits and provocative on-track actions. "At every race track that I go to," said Hardy, "everyone comes up and asks for my autograph. They ask what he was like and if he was as crazy as they've heard. The fans really miss him, and they miss the fun part of drag racing. The sport has become so professional now that there's no room for any of that anymore." "I was just 18 when I met him. I was still attending high school in West Chester, Pa., and had never been further away from home than the next town over. I was walking down the street one day, and here comes this yellow Corvette speeding down the street. This guy walks out, comes up to me, and says, "Hi, I'm Jim." I had never been to a drag race before, but the next thing I knew, we we're heading for his match race in Xenia, Ohio. He showed me how to back him up after the burnouts, and from then on, my life was just a whirlwind tour all over the country." Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song "American Girl" was released in 1977, the same year Jungle Jim passed away. Well she was an American girl Raised on promises She couldn't help thinkin that there Was a little more to life Somewhere else After all it was a great big world With lots of places to run to Yeah, and if she had to die Tryin' she had one little promise She was gonna keep Oh yeah, all right Take it easy baby Make it last all night She was an American girl It was kind of cold that night She stood alone on her balcony She could hear the cars roll by Out on 441 Like waves crashin' in the beach And for one desperate moment there He crept back in her memory God it's so painful Something that's so close And still so far out of reach Oh yeah, all right Take it easy baby Make it last all night She was an American girl This video was created from clips from the Diamond P video "Fabulous Floppers" and photos that I took of some of Jungle Jim's cars at 131 Dragway back in the '60s. The photos of Jungle Jim and Pam at 1:48, 1:53 and 1:59 are courtesy of Tom McCrea tmccrea. Photo at 2:36 is by Steve Scott. Other pictures are from unknown photographers.





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





Americas Car Collection - "Ivo Series" Showboat-How It Works
TV Tommy Ivo tells us how the 4 engine Showboat dragster works. Tommy does a great job walking around the car explaining the workings of this historic dragster.





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





Don Garlits wins the 1967 US Nationals
Don Garlits wins the Top Fuel prize at the 1967 US Nationals as covered by ABC's Wide-World-of-Sports.





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"





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.





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.





YORK US 30 Rated R
Eight minute promo from the full length video available through Jim Amos' Bee On Video. WARNING: This video contains: excessive speed, drive line abuse and women in brief attire. Drag Racing action from the 1960s and 1970s at York US 30. We were there, now you can Be There. The full length video is fully narrated unlike this promo clip which only includes car sounds. www.beeonvideo.com





1971 Drag Racing part 2of3
"The Age of Drag Racing" 1971 film featuring Dick Landy.





In Remembrance
Some drag racing legends who are unfortunately no longer with us.





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