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48-Year Itch!
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. Perfect. :)





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.





Vintage nitro dragster warm up.
2007 CHRR Cacklefest vintage nitro dragster warming up.





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!





Don Prudhomme and John Force AA/FC at OCIR 5-9-1981
Don Prudhomme in the Pepsi Challenger and John Force in the Mountain Dew AA/FC at Orange County International Raceway, Irvine, CA, 5-9-1981.





Interview with Carroll Shelby and Don "The Snake" Prudhomme
http://www.streetfire.net An interview with Carroll Shelby and Don & ;The Snake; Prudhomme about the Shelby Super Snake GT500 Mustang program. The drag racing inspired 800 horsepower post title package was a collaboration between Shelby Autos and Don Prudhomme.





Funny-Car Fires
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 tour. 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 receiver. 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: http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/nostalgia-funny-car-finals-drag-racin g-video-2009-march-meet-a-class http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/nitromethane-funny-car-video-1st-roun d-elims-march-meet-2009 NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR ELIMS, CONSOLATION BRACKET: http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/aa-fc-final-rounds-march-meet-2009-fa moso-raceway-b-clas http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/funny-car-video-elims-first-round-con solation-bracket NITRO NOSTALGIA FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING: http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/nostalgia-funny-car-videos-march-meet -2009-final-round-qualifying http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/funny-car-videos-march-meet-2009-qual ifying-2nd-round http://www.dragracingtv.com/blog/2009/march-meet-2009-funny-car-video-first -round-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 Snake Prudhome".





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.





Big Daddy Don Garlits tuning SWAMP RAT III





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.





Funny Car Drag Racing In The '70s And '80s
A slide show of my collection of Funny Car pictures from the '70s and '80s along with clips from Diamond P at the 1986 North Star Nationals and the 1986 US Nationals.





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.





Don Prudhomme CACKLES his 1972 Hot Wheels Plymouth 'Cuda Funny Car!
Snake climbs in the '72 Hot Wheels 'Cuda and cackles it for the first time in many years! Turn up your speakers for this one!!! Check out the beautiful red chassis, as well as the yellow Hot Wheels '70 'Cuda funny car and '67 Ramp Truck in the background!




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