When the stars line up in front of me, I just have to record it.
I have no choice.
And this was one of those moments.
I don't know if this will ever happen again. I certainly hope it will--and
in front of the grandstands at some selected NHRA events. For you see, you
just don't see this happening at all-- when you look back at how unlikely
it is that the car and the driver would still be around in 2012!
Take the driver, Don Prudhomme. How many times did he make full passes in
a top fuel dragster or funny car? And for how many years?
In short, it's a miracle that he is in one piece, after all that--and he
is! Thank goodness!
Then the car:
The Greer, Black, and Prudhomme dragster, built by Kent Fuller and raced
from 1962 through 1964, with the original partners, it ran up an incredible
record at southern California tracks of 81 wins and only 8 loses!
(According to Phil Burgess) Then lengthened--bought and raced as the
"Bonanza" for a while, eventually stripped of it's motor and left sitting
for years. Restored by Steve Davis, bought by Bruce Meyer--How likely is
it that it would be allowed to join up with "Snake" for this moment?
Pretty unlikely--except that it's owner Bruce Meyer, is a good friend of
Don's, and after hearing about Rick MacDonald, they gave him the nod to
bring the car to the track, and push start it to life. Now the driver
could have been someone else....but it wasn't.
That's what makes this fire up so significant.
And like I said: All we can do is hope that this mind blowing moment will
happen again at a track near you.
And if you hear they are coming, better "Make the Scene". For the chance
may not come again.
Like an old legendary cowboy on a white horse in your local parade. And
all you need to do is what you did when you were a kid: Sit on the curb
and watch him go by.
COMPETITIONPLUS.COM - PRUDHOMME, MCEWEN DISCUSS HAULER AUCTION
This is a must-see interview for any Snake and Mongoose fan.
Don "the Snake" Prudhomme and Tom 'the Mongoose" McEwen sit down with
CompetitionPlus.tv's Bobby Bennett to discuss their restored haulers and
the upcoming trip to the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Az. This
candid sit-down features the iconic Funny car racers opening up about the
emotions of letting go of these prized cars which represented a golden era
of drag racing history.
In addition, you will see Prudhomme as you've likely never seen him, giving
a shop tour providing the details of the restorations.
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!
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.
Drag Racing Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars March Meet 2009
http://www.DragRacingTV.com/blog/ Drag racing video from the 2009 March
Meet, Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car class. This is the second round of
qualifying, from the first event on the NHRA Heritage Series drag racing
This video was shot in high definition, with surround sound audio that you
can hear even on Youtube, as long as your computer is hooked up to a Dolby
Here are drag racing videos of all of the rounds. Because there were so
many funny cars in attendance, there were two seperate eight-car fields in
the elimination rounds:
NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR ELIMINATIONS:
NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR ELIMS, CONSOLATION BRACKET:
NITRO NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING:
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
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.
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.
8000 horses clearing their throat!!
NHRA National Time Trials Phoenix 1-28-07. Doug Kalitta warming up his Top
Fuel Nitromethan powered car at the Firebird raceway in Phoenix, AZ during
the National time trials. I had to go to get my fix of Nitro cars. Check
out the sound on this one, lol.