Frank Spittle on The Freight Train Top Fuel Twin Engine Harley ( Part 1)
Frank Spittle, who raced drag bikes for more than 20 years, purchased the Harley-Davidson from Elmer Trett in 1983 and named it Freight Train for its locomotive-like amounts of pulling power. Spittle's best times on the Harley were 7.63 seconds in the quarter-mile at 191.27 mph and 5.19 seconds on an eighth-mile strip at 147.56 mph. In 1985, Spittle wrecked at 145 mph, retired from racing and sold Freight Train to his crew chief, Jimmy "T-Bird" Yelton, who rebuilt it in 1990 in his Gastonia, N.C., shop for Randy Milling to race.
Quickest & the Fastest 1980's style
Elmer trett runs 198mph on a BRAND NEW BIKE, can only guess that it is it
titanium framed bike, we think it is 86 or 87. But somebody, " me"
did a poor job of marking the tape. Enjoy. I don't want to ruin it for you,
because the year before Elmer ran 200mph, but in the semi's he meets up
with Mark Miller that was the quickest bike running a 6.96 the year
before,,,,,,& at this race he ran 7.21. 7.24. 7.26. 7.28
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Draggin In Olde England Part 2
Draggin In Olde England. The 1973 International Drag Racing meeting from
Santa Pod Raceway UK.
Featuring from the USA Don Schumacher (Stardust) and Paula Murphy (Miss
STP) and Danny Johnson.
Also features the Transcontenental FC crash
Freight Train fires up at 2008 CHRR
Legendary twin engined gas dragster the Freight Train fires up in the pits.
While it doesn't have the cackle of the nitro cars, the "whomp" of 16
cylinders of small block chevy and the cloud of blackie carbon is pretty
awesome...not to mention the engineering feat of linking and synching two
V8s is a neat deal. One of the few gas dragsters that made top fuelers
nervous when running for Top Eliminator.
Scale Running Model Harley Panhead Engine by Ron Colonna
Bore: 1 5/16 in.
Stroke: 1 1/2 in.
Two Cylinder Four Cycle
No Castings Used
This engine was scratch built to a scale of 2/5ths or 40% of full size. The
bottom end was taken from a drawing of a Knuckelhead engine that I puchased
on e-bay. The top end was patterned after photos taken from e-bay of Harley
parts for sale. I also bought a Harley repair manual that helped with the
oil system. The crankcase was split into three sections instead of the
usual two for ease of machining. The ignition is solid state and I use a GM
coil which fires the two plugs simultaneously. Timing is advanced and
retarded with the timer body. Two rotating magnets fire a Hall effect
device at the proper times as per full sized points. The engine is large
enough to produce that lovely V-twin sound.
NHRA - Worst Top Fuel Engine Explosion Ever
Doug Herbert has proberly the worst top fuel engine explosion in history at
the 1999 NHRA Auto Club Finals at Pomona. As soon as Herbert gets on the
throttle the engine goes into a HUGE fireball at the startline leaving no
identifiable pieces of the motor left.
motorplex Elmer Trett & Sam Wills.mpg
Our first trip to the motorplex ennis TX. Was a real eyeopener. We had
raced at Wichita KS, great bend, ark city liberal Ks. Tulsa ok, KCIR in kc
MO........but when we drove by in the middle of the night and it was lit up
like a NFL football stadium. I think we all took a DEEP breath! The next
day it was more of the same, my wife Lynne & I were in a LONG line behind
Jim McClure and we visited for a long time till we got up to pay our entry
fee. The list of names that showed up for this race are many of the stars
of the day.
Been looking for this tape for a long time. Hope it comes out good. Listen
to the announcer, it was years after the meet that I figured out it was Bob
Frey from NHRA.
This is Elmer Trett then Sam Wills
T&O 1985 super stars
Step back 24 years,Clyde rawlings,Pete Hill, Dave Cauldwell, & Marion
Owens,make sure you watch the stop motion at the end to see BIG MO almost
go over the tail piece then grab the handle bars and CRANK the front tire
off the ground,,,,,,WHAT a ride!! Can't understand why people think
dragbike racers are crazy.