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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 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.





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".





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





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.





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!





Drag Racing Nostalgia from American Nitro
Jungle Jim Liberman and an intense blend of flesh, fire, and burning rubber. Filled with the hairiest crashes, flips, explosions, and fires imaginable. It's a thrill a minute following the drivers, their gutsy sex charged women and the awesome machines that attract them both. Buy the DVD at http://americannitro.com and follow a ground pounding spectacle that builds to a climactic showdown between drag racing legends Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen.





2011 Bakersfield March Meet Nitro Funny Car Ron Capps Engine Explosion Drag Racing 2014 SNN #1
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm 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 Drag Racing, 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. 2014 SNN #1





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.





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.





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.





Mickey Thompson 69 Mustang Funny Car
Mickey Thompson 69 Mustang Funny Car with a blown nitro 427SOHC vintage Drag Race





1977 NHRA Gatornationals
First round of Top Fuel from 1977 Gatornationals when tv coverage was syndicated.





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.





Chi Town Hustler & Stardust Nostalgia Funny Cars
2007 Norwalk Night Under Fire. Video by John Schaser Copyright JohnSchaser.com 2008





Jim Nicoll clutch explosion
Jim Nicole racing against Don "The Snake" Prudhomme suffers a massive clutch explosion.




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