This is a little experiment of mine in HD. I was hoping to record three passes down the strip, but we only got two, then it got cloudy before the second one.... This is far from seamless. sigh... Anyway, I'm just screwing around with HD and editing. Let's see how it looks on YouTube...
1976 National Trail Raceway
National Trail Drag way just east of Columbus. The 1976 Nationals where
Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney becomes the first woman to win a U.S. Nationals
race in Top Fuel. See her unopposed final run in the pink dragster. Also
Don Prudhomme and all the stars of then plus a few goofy fans.
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
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
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.
1974's and 1973 Chevy Novas almost clean(w/ nitrous)!!!!!
This is what we have come up with to date. All home built in the backyard.
Check our other vids and let us know what you think of the
builds!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More paint and body vids to come, just thought i'd
skip to the end because this vid was shorter. Not much to chop up. 1974
nova, red with gold pearl, 1974 hatchback red, 1973 nova orange. We will
come up with more upgrades as time passes. Stay tuned.
Dodge Dart vs Ford Fairlane at National Trails
Real life is always more fun than the movies! Goodguys was in town and I
brought my LeMans and video camera down to capture the action at National
Trails Raceway. There were a lot of nice muscle cars, and a ton action. I
hope you enjoy.
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Coughlin Family at National Trail Raceway - 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 23) For Team JEGS drivers John and Mike Coughlin and
their nephew Troy Jr., any opportunity to race at their home track,
National Trail Raceway, represents an opportunity for good times spent with
family and friends.
However, when the Coughlin clan descends on National Trail for this
weekends JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, the mood figures to be a bit
more serious as both John and Mike are currently battling for championship
points in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman, respectively. John currently
leads Top Dragster with his JEGS.com rail, while Mike is ranked fifth in
Top Sportsman behind the wheel of his JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt. John also is
ranked in the top 10 of Super Stock in his own JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt.
"I have two Top Dragster races left where I can claim points so I like my
chances," John said of his chance at another championship. "Its not over
yet but if I can have a good weekend here at our home track, I can really
do myself a lot of good. If I have a good weekend in Super Stock I could
move up as high as fourth or fifth.
"I feel good about racing in Columbus because it's our home track and Im
very comfortable here. Im also driving well in both cars. We recently did
some testing with our Top Dragster to make it a little faster and more consistent and it's working
well. As for the Super Stock car, it's just plain nasty. It is very
Although his busy schedule has prevented him from running as many races as
some of his competitors, Mike has made the most of his opportunities in Top
Sportsman and now finds himself in a position to win the title he last held
in 2007. Mike has also had tremendous success at the JEGS NHRA
SPORTSnationals races, claiming three victories and two runner-up finishes
"This is a big weekend for all of us," Mike said. "We have a lot of work to
do but we still have a chance to win the championship. Obviously, its
getting late in the season and we need to make something happen sooner
rather than later but our team has had a lot of success here at National
Trail so this would be a perfect place to gain some ground.
"No matter what happens we really enjoy these JEGS SPORTSnational races.
For a Sportsman racer, it doesnt get any better than this."
Troy Jr., or T.J. as his friends and family know him, will be looking to
rebound after a semi-successful outing in his JEGS Super Comp dragster at
the recent Mac Tools U.S Nationals. In his first appearance at NHRAs
premiere event, T.J. successfully advanced to the third round of
eliminations, but thats where his weekend ended as his opponent, Chad
Lamont, put together a nearly perfect run with a .001 reaction time and an
8.906 elapsed time on the 8.900 Super Comp index. T.J. put together a very
competitive effort of his own with a .014 reaction time and an 8.914, but
it wasnt enough to get the win.
"When something like that happens, all you can do is load up, go home, and
try again another day," T.J. said. "I thought I did a good job but he did a
great job. Thats all part of Super Comp racing. I knew that it wasnt going
to be easy and its not but I do feel like I get a little better every time
I go to the track."
Adding some additional excitement to the proceedings will be some of the
third-generation Coughlin kids racing in the Junior Dragster category,
including John's 13-year-old son Cody, Mike's 8-year-old son Jack, and Troy
Coughlin Sr.'s 9-year-old daughter Paige.
Information regarding JEGS Mail Order can be found at www.jegs.com and for
media/fan resources checkout www.teamjegs.com .