The Surfers top fuel dragster fires up.
After 6 years "THE SURFERS" Top Fuel Dragster recreation was completed by Andy & Ron Marocco of DRAG CITY. Many believed that it wouldn't get done, but we proved otherwise.
The Surfers win Bakersfield
1966 US Fuel & Gas Championship. Bakersfield, CA held by the Smokers. The
Surfers vs Warren & Coburn in TOP FUEL.
Return to Lions Drag Strip Long Beach California 2008
This is the third year of featuring restored dragsters that have run the
1320' Lions Drag Strip in its hey day... This video, typical of going to a
drag strip, despite John Ewald telling everyone to stand back, you never
get to see much when they display cars this way. Typical of the drag strip,
all the vehicles require too much support, they stand around the car and
block the view.... At the CHRR in Bakersfield, the Cacklefest is blocked by
a bunch of folks standing at the concrete wall on the track blocking the
view to the grand stands as if the concrete barrier wasn't enough....I have
been going to the drags since I was a youngster and it seems the problem is
no one can stay seated for a run and your typical day at the drags to this
day takes on a Jack in the Box atmosphere.... I guess that is the way it
is.....Anyway, the City of Long Beach Chamber of Commerce puts on a nice
event and I hope it continues into the future.
Front Engine Top Fuel Dragster
The late John Wenderski's "Black Beauty" Top Fuel Dragster. Unfortunately,
this car was destroyed and it's driver killed at Ramona Dragstrip in San
The Valley Speed FED: fired for the first time
Tim Conder fires the Valley Speed Front Engine Dragster (FED) for the very
first time at the shop in Sonoma, CA with help from Pete Jensen, Chris
Bochoko, Rex Hutchison and friends. AUTOCULTURE was there to record the
event ten years in the making!
Vintage footage of the 1963 Smokers Fuel & Gas Championships at
Lions Drag Strip incredible Grand Premier accidents 1972
Season opening Grand Premier at Lions Drag Strip in Janaury 1972 marked the
return of NHRA sanction to the world famous Wilmington/Long Beach, CA
racetrack. Incredible clip is from Part 1 (of 3 part) video documentary
"Lions - The Greatest Drag Strip", and shows the unusual amount of
accidents that took place, thanks to veteran lensman Paul Sadler and Dave
Kerr. Lions would close after its 17-year run just eleven months later.
One of the greatest Top Fuel Dragsters of all time. Owned by Roland Leong,
tuned by Keith Black and driven by Don "The Snake" Prudomme. The car was
later driven by the late Mike Snively. It won Indy twice!