2011 Bakersfield March Meet Nitro Funny Car E1 Ron Capps Engine Explosion Nostalgia Drag Racing
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March 19, 2011 - Ron Capps kicks off nitro funny car eliminations with an
engine explosion that sends the Blue Max Ford Mustang body off and away in a
winning 7.79 over Dennis Swearingen's 6.11 in the Nitro Cowboy '69 Chevy Camaro; Mike Savage wins
in the Candies and Hughes '70 Barracuda entry with a 5.94 over Peter
Gallen's 6.23 in his Poverty Stricken '74 Chevy Vega; Tim Boychuck wins
easily in his '77 Pontiac Firebird with a 5.86 over Dwayne Patton's shut
off 14 second pass; Jason Rupert drives the Mert Littlefield '69 Chevrolet
Camaro to a first round
win on a single when opponent John Hale is shut off after firing in his '69
Camaro; Kris Krabill
drove Gary Turner's Pedaler '78 Plymouth Arrow to a winning 5.97 over
Dennis LaCharite's 5.99; Mike Halstead drove the Bomb Squad '73 Plymouth
Duster to a winning 6.14 over Mark Hentges' shut off 16.76 in Bucky
Austin's '78 Plymouth Arrow; Mark Sanders pedaled his Mr. Explosion 1970
Nova to a coasting 9.28 win light over Tim Nemeth who shut off; Jeff Arend
drove Dale Pulde's War Eagle '77 Pontiac Firebird to a winning 5.899 over
Rian Konno's 6.62 in the Kanzanjian, Lemmon, Konno '71 Ford Mustang - all during first round of
nostalgia funny car eliminations of 2011 Bakersfield March Meet. Nostalgia
Nitro Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Cars, Auto Club Famoso Raceway It was a
scary moment for Ron Capps as his Napa funny car engine exploded into
pieces at the 2014 Circle K NHRA Winternationals. Capps was fine and able
to get out of the car uninjured. #Winternats Ron Capps engine explosion -
The in-car camera & slo-mo view Take a ride with Ron Capps in this video of
the in-car camera at the moment his engine explodes at the 2014 Circle K
Winternationals. Also on this video is the slo-mo view. Thankfully Ron was
uninjured in the incident. Engine explosion.
John Force 1979 -- part 2
John Force races and beats Tim Ridings in the second round of the 1979 NHRA
World Finals in Ontario, Ca.
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.
1979 NHRA WORLD FINALS - SEMIS
This is a continuation of the semi-finals from the 1979 NHRA World Finals
in Ontario, Ca. Names include Gordie Bonin, John Force, Don Garlits and Rob
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
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
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 Garlits' Dragster Museum
"Big Daddy" Don Garlits' Dragster Museum in Ocala, Florida. This is only
some of the collection. All photos by John Douglas Parran. don't forget to
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