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1979 NHRA WORLD FINALS - 1ST RD FUNNY CAR

Classic footage with Raymond Beadle, Don Prudhomme, Tripp Shumake, Gordie Bonin, Tom Ridings, Jim Adolph, Billy Meyer and an up and coming John Force.


 


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Funny Car History
Excerpts from the Diamond P video "Fabulous Floppers". Narrated by the late Steve Evans with NHRA Funny Car Champions Kenny Bernstein and Don "The Snake Prudhome".





1979 NHRA World Finals - Finals Rounds
The final installment of the 1979 NHRA World Finals in Ontario, Ca. See Don Garlits, Gordie Bonin and Bob Glidden.





Don Prudhomme's Car Collection & Race Shop Tour!
Take an inside look at Don Prudhomme's race shop in Vista, CA with Snake as he gives information about many of the dragsters and funny cars in his collection. He also provides up-close looks at both of the original, restored Snake & Mongoose 1967 Dodge D700 Hot Wheels Ramp Trucks!





Don Prudhomme Story Part 1
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Raymond Beadle AA/FC at OCIR 4-18-1981
Raymond Beadle in the Blue Max AA/FC at Orange County International Raceway, Irvine, CA, 4-18-1981.





1982 NHRA U.S. Nationals, Part 4
1982 NHRA U.S. Nationals coverage





Don Prudhomme and John Force AA/FC at OCIR 5-9-1981
Don Prudhomme in the Pepsi Challenger and John Force in the Mountain Dew AA/FC at Orange County International Raceway, Irvine, CA, 5-9-1981.





Funny-Car Fires
Before asking why is it funny please read this.The car is a Funny-Car. In drag racing there are different classes of cars one of which is Funny-Car so named because in the early days the cars were made from stock looking cars but the rear wheels were moved forward which made them look "funny". The term "funny car" was just away of describing the class these cars compeated in, it has since become the official name for the class. Drivers in Order of apperance - Billy Meyer - Gary Densham - Commentary by the legendary Steve Evans & Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme.





1975 IHRA PRO AM NATS, ROCKINGHAM
This rare footage was broadcast on Speedvision and featured coverage of the 1975 IHRA Pro Am Nationals. You'll see some legends like Garlits, Chi-Town Hustler, Richard Tharp, General Lee Edwards, Bob Glidden and Shirl Greer.





1978 NHRA Sportsnationals
The late, great, Modified eliminator. If you've never witnessed Modified Production and Gas-class cars in action, you really missed drag racing's most exciting era! Sure, drag cars are making more horsepower and torque than ever, with resulting quicker and faster ET's and MPH, but the sounds of these high rpm, manual shift race cars--sans any electronic rev limiters--is no longer around. Ditto for the mean sounding/cool looking dry hops, as the cars approach the start line (after the burnout) is unfortunately, a thing of the past.





1973 IHRA Northern Nationals
This rare clip features footage of the 1973 IHRA Northern Nationals in Muncie, Ind. Watching this video will make one appreciate where track and drag racing safety is today. This nearly 10 minute video has Top Fuel racers Dick LaHaie, Paul Longenecker, Dale Funk, Pat Foster, Jim Paoli and Al Hanna.





48-Year Itch!
When the stars line up in front of me, I just have to record it. I have no choice. And this was one of those moments. I don't know if this will ever happen again. I certainly hope it will--and in front of the grandstands at some selected NHRA events. For you see, you just don't see this happening at all-- when you look back at how unlikely it is that the car and the driver would still be around in 2012! Take the driver, Don Prudhomme. How many times did he make full passes in a top fuel dragster or funny car? And for how many years? In short, it's a miracle that he is in one piece, after all that--and he is! Thank goodness! Then the car: The Greer, Black, and Prudhomme dragster, built by Kent Fuller and raced from 1962 through 1964, with the original partners, it ran up an incredible record at southern California tracks of 81 wins and only 8 loses! (According to Phil Burgess) Then lengthened--bought and raced as the "Bonanza" for a while, eventually stripped of it's motor and left sitting for years. Restored by Steve Davis, bought by Bruce Meyer--How likely is it that it would be allowed to join up with "Snake" for this moment? Pretty unlikely--except that it's owner Bruce Meyer, is a good friend of Don's, and after hearing about Rick MacDonald, they gave him the nod to bring the car to the track, and push start it to life. Now the driver could have been someone else....but it wasn't. That's what makes this fire up so significant. And like I said: All we can do is hope that this mind blowing moment will happen again at a track near you. And if you hear they are coming, better "Make the Scene". For the chance may not come again. Like an old legendary cowboy on a white horse in your local parade. And all you need to do is what you did when you were a kid: Sit on the curb and watch him go by. Perfect. :)





Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme, firing up his old Funny car.





The Snakes wild ride at Sanair
Le Grandnational Molson 1990, Don Prudhomme suffers a wicked blowover.





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