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.
Top Sportsman exhibition Blown Fiat Topolino and Blown Chevy Nova
Ralph Beitter's first outing with his Blown Nova. A couple of exhibition
runs with John Dixon's Blown Fiat Topolino in the opposite lane. John has
on board camera on the first run. Ralph does a third run solo with the on
board camera. This was on September 6th, 2010 at Alaska Raceway Park's drag
racing season finale.
Winged Express AA/FA
The very famous Winged Express Fuel Altered piloted by Mike Boyd. Footage
from many years, Includes that heart wrenching moment in 2005 when we
watched the front wheel come off and the Wing hit the wall. Mike was okay,
it was sad to see the Wing so badly damaged. One of the most iconic cars
in drag racing history. The Wing was restored and is again doing what it
1948 Fiat nostalgic gasser/altered
1948 Fiat Topolino nostalgic gasser/altered. Fiberglass body, 454 chevy
engine, 350 turbo trans, Ford 9" with
4.11 gear. custom paint with airbrush grille and old school gold leaf
Jon Bests Fuel Altered
Jon best completes his final observed run in the new Fuel Altered.
Footage from the dvd "Nitro Warriors 2009" available from
"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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.