1965 Plymouth HEMI Lightweight
The Dodge & Plymouth A-990 cars were the end result of a change in drag
rules mandated by the NHRA and the continuing special high performance
program at Chrysler to keep pace with both the rules and the
Following the end of the 1964 season NHRA (National Hot Rod Association)
banned the use of aluminum and/or fiberglass body components on both stock
and super stock cars.
The older aluminum & fiberglass-bodied cars would still be eligible to run
in stock classes if they had met the minimum production numbers.
The A-990 Mopars would meet these new rules head on and the interior was
also lightened as much as possible.
The initial run of A-990's came out of the modification center weighing 500
pounds less than the standard super stock car of 1964 and 250 pounds less
than the NHRA requirement.
Now the factory had to add some weight back so they added a steel gas tank
shield, a re-enforced roll bar and standard steel bumpers and deck
lids...and the cars weighed in right on the money!
These cars were so fast that these A-990's were virtually unbeatable for
several years to come and for the first two years...1965 and 1966...they
were the ONLY cars in the class at all.....
ET's in the high 10 second range were commonplace with these cars.
1960s Drag Racing Highlights #2
Some classic shots from the 60s, including a match race from the days when
"funny cars" were really funny-looking cars. Also 1966 and 1969 Nationals
action with Don Garlits, Wild Willy Borsch, and John Mulligan's fatal run.
Gassers At 131 Dragway In The '60s
This is an updated version of my video "Drag Racing In The '60s part 3". I
made that video about three years ago and since then I have upgraded my
photo and video editing software. I have been able to clean up the photos
and video a bit and I added sound to the movies that I extracted from some
recent video I took at the drags. I thought it would be fun to add some
sound to the old 8mm movies. I also made it widescreen. The soundtrack is
me jammin' on some Booker T and the MGs and CCR.
1990 - Part 3 Best of Famoso Raceway Vintage AA Gassers Willys Nostalgia Drag Racing Bakersfield, CA
Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/
1990 Vintage AA Gassers Willys Nostalgia Drag Racing, Part 3 Best of Famoso
Race Drag Racing; Altered Crash, Gassers, K.S. Pittman, Stone, Woods and
Cook, Dragsters, Junior Fuel, Bakersfield, California
Vintage Famoso Raceway, Nostalgia Drag Racing, Pro Mods, A/Gas, Nitro Top
Fuel Dragster, Funny Cars, Crash, Funny Car body explosion, Auto Club
Famoso Raceway, Bakersfield, California. Brought to you by
Video courtesy of Ralph West of One Man Video.
1965 NHRA Winter National Drag Races, Pomona--Redone
Sharper, and Enhanced version of previously uploaded video.
Lot's of pit area and return road images of many famous and not-so-famous
muscle cars, gassers, and dragsters that "ruled' during the mid sixties.
Digitized and edited 8mm home movies taken by Mike Tyler.
1971 AHRA SUMMERNATIONALS @ YORK US 30
Four minute promo from the full length video available through Jim Amos'
Bee On Video. See the Stars of AHRA compete at York US 30 dragway. Top
Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Super Stock, GT-1, GT-2, Comp, Street and Stock
Eliminators. The full length video is fully narrated unlike this promo
clip which only includes car sounds. Bee On Video where the legends race