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Matsuda Racing's Blown Alcohol '48 Fiat Topolino Altered

Thanks to Korey Wise for letting us use his killer 372 SBC short block. 6-71 Danekas blower, AFR 190cc street heads, solid roller cam, stock case Powerglide transmission. The camera is a GoPro Hero with roll bar mount. The sound recording is set on LO.


 


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1948 Fiat nostalgic gasser/altered
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"The Big Block Chevy Experiment"
What would happen if you took a 460 BBC out of a Camaro that ran 10.60s and dropped it into an altered? The test vehicle is Matsuda Racing's '48 Fiat Topolino altered (normally powered by a blown alcohol small block Chevy). Video by Linda Matsuda.





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Tony and Gillian Argentino - The Hitman - blown alcohol Chev
Tony and Gillian Argentino's 1936 Chev drag racer is known as "The Hitman", and is a theme car that represents history from America, which now resides in Perth, Western Australia. With its curvy shapes and vivacious body, the car represents beauty, charm and character, all whilst the tough supercharged and injected alcohol burning engine provides power for the machine. Recent testing of the car got Tony familiar with all of the levers and buttons, and the crew kept the car working good enough through two successive race days and acquired several personal best times along the way. When testing a car of this caliber, power and driver need to familiarize and adjust, and the team was exceptional in achieving what they have in just three outings. Hitman Racing is also heavily involved off the track where Gillian takes care of marketing the car. She has been involved with the establishment of Supercharged Outlaws in Western Australia, and more info and merchandise is available from http://www.superchargedoutlawswa.com.au Tony has been racing on and off since he was 17 (23 years) starting in street, then modified until Outlaws started in WA and is best known for their previous car, a 1934 Ford 3 window coupe altered. This Hitman car was purchased from Terry Hall of Terry Hall Race Car Bodies in Vermont USA. It was running Pro-Mod and the Super Chevy series and has a best time of 6.30 @ 220mph. The Argentino's purchased the car as a roller, and are using the engine and gearbox from their old '34. The car is a 1936 Chevy Master (carbon fibre), it has a chrome-moly chassis, 442 cubic inch Chevy (iron block) and the engine is built and maintained by Tony. Induction comes from a 14-71 Littlefield hi-helix retro Supercharger, it has an FTC converter and 2-speed Powerglide, and the rear end is a Mark Williams modular rear with Strange Ultracase 4.56 gears and 40 spline axles. Tony and Gillian would like to thank all of the crew for their help, Kwinana Performance for parts and the hands on effort of the Boss and staff who also double as Crew. Graham, Jan and Neil from Southside Engine Centre, FTC Race Converters for looking after the converter and gearbox, Spud at DJW Engineering for making all the nice mods to get the running gear to fit and making nifty things as needed. Fuchs Oils for supplying the oils and race fuel, Genie Exhaust, and The Moving Man Removals.





Vintage FIAT TOPOLINO BURN OUT on 7 cylinders
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Hilo Drags Outlaws September 2009
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MELTDOWN DRAGS 2011 BLOWN ALTERED BYRON IL
2011 MELTDOWN DRAGS 3rd run with blown motor newbie to the gopro video camera .aborted run after puff of smoke, dipstick came loose. next run .040 shim added to main bypass MORE FUEL and a happier motor ET OF 8.65 AT 145. MAN WHAT A GREAT EVENT!!!!!!!! NEXT YEAR YOU DONT HAVE A HAIR ON YOUR ASS IF YOU DONT GET OUT WITH YOUR HOT ROD WE WANT TO SEE EM! FANTASTIC VIBE GREAT PEOPLE WATCH OUT FOR BIERMANS ORANGE HENRY J AND MOPAR MAXIMUS LOW 8'S AT A BUCKSEVENTY WITH ZOOMIES THUNDERING AND BLOWER BELTS SCREAMIN FOR MERCY AND A SIX HOUR DRIVE HOME FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS are you shitting me!!!! Super nice guys!GET IN ON THE ACTION WHAT A GREAT VIBE LOTS O FUN GREAT BANDS LOTS OF ACTION THE WHOLE DAY.No excuses next year .Track has showers and overnight camping, next year needs to be a two day event just not enough time to do it all in one day.Thanks again to Byron Dragway and Ron leek the originator of the four wide drags in the sixtys . SEE YOU AT THE DIGGS WITH THE RAIL JOBS AND ALTERED WHEEL BASED STRAIGHT AXLE, GEAR JAMMIN WHEELS HANGING HIGH DRAG HOOLIGANS SEE YOU NEXT YEAR (disclaimer) first post on the tube so go easy on me with the vid and ramblings my first video game was pong on a black and white tv





*Teaser* Matsuda Racing's Front Engine Dragster Onboard Cam
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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.





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