Rare 1967 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 Drag Race Rat Rod at Rock & Race Dragway 42 Ohio
My then bone stock 4,120 pd 1967 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 gets beat by a open bodied big block powered rat rod in time trial race at the 2009 Rock and Race. Drag-way 42 West Salem Ohio. My best time of the weekend was a 14.24 @ 101mph. with air cleaner removed. This run was 14.94 @96 MPH with a bog off the line. Car now has 455 dual quad engine. Will post more race video with new engine when track opens in the spring 2012 if I still have the car.
Wide-Track: 1959 Bonneville - /BIG MUSCLE
• Chuck Cushner
Slathered in Lamborghini orange paint and exuding a presence that is
anything but subtle, this 1959 Bonneville is a car that represents a peak
time in American automotive design. It was drafted before government
mandates and regulations stifled imagination and creativity, and takes us
back to an era when we still looked to the stars for inspiration. This is a
car that will stop you dead in your tracks and make you truly long for the
days when chrome was King, gas was a mere .25¢ per gallon, and where Elvis
Presley was the greatest thing the public had ever heard.
Big Burnouts: 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari - /BIG MUSCLE
If you haven't figured it out by now, we love wagons on this show. To some
they're a misunderstood breed, but to those in the know, they're amazing.
Not only were the wagons of yesteryear known for their styling, but their
capacity to haul as much cargo as a modern day pickup. This 1964 Pontiac
Catalina Safari started off life as a Police Wagon, but was transformed by
its owner into the kick-ass, tire-shredding monster you see here. With a
Nelson Racing Engines 468 cid big-block under the hood, some updated
suspension bits and a killer look, this big green machine is
outside-the-box styling at its best.
• Mike Artman
Saturday Racing Action Dragway 42 Rock & Race 7-24-2010
Racing at the Dragway 42 Rock & Race event Saturday 24 July 2010. Tip of
the hat to Dragway 42 for a fun event in spite of the weather, great
sub-cultural vibe. Swap meet was much better this year. This is a great
venue for this kind of event, much better then a fairgrounds setting.
Camping, open fires, noise all no problem. Hope we have the heads-up fun
runs return next year, bracket racing isn't 'flag start' nostalgic stuff -
See you next year - CW
Turbo Rat Rod Truck at I-40 Dragway
Footage from first test-n-tune of 2010. This truck is built on a budget
with a mostly stock small block Chevy. The turbo is a Borg Warner S400. Runs a 6.18 on this
pass, but the truck has run a best of 5.97 in the eighth mile. This could
be the worlds fastest rat rod!
Old drag racing from late 1960s
Drag race video from Washington State in the late 1960s including Don
Garlits Swamp Rat III and Jerry's Auto Supply Race Team and many others.
Check out the blacked out coupe with Alfred E. Neuman(MAD Magazine mascot)
on the grille!
Pontiac Banshee A Longer Look
The Banshee was a vision for what the Firebird could become. Of course,
this concept car could never be built exactly, too low on the road and it
wouldn't pass the safety and crash tests, but it was exciting. It
demonstrated that the problem with GM cars didn't sit on the designers'
shoulders. They were more than capable of dreaming up engaging and fun
vehicles that would set imaginations on fire.
PONTIAC - "The Super Duty Story" Part 1 of 3
Pontiac had an SD engine program in the late 50s early 60s, and
later/briefly again in 1973/74 with the SD455. This video is regarding the
FIRST Super Duty program.---In only a few years time during the late 50s
early 60s, Pontiac MORE THAN DOUBLED their V8's horsepower output (described
in this video), while using/keeping the same V8 engine block they used thru
1955-81. Even though the same block was kept, from 1955-62 the cubic inch
displacement grew much larger than the initial 287 cuber it started as in
1955. It grew to a 317 347 370 389 and finally a 421 cuber in 1962. It
eventually maxed out at 455 cubes in 1970. By 1970 ALL the other GM
divisions were producing engines at 454 or 455 cubes (500 for Cadillac).
PONTIAC WAS THE ONLY DIVISION still using the same block they used in the
1950s on engines that had a much smaller displacement -- 287 cubes. The
1955 287 displacement would remain the smallest displacement ever used in
the Pontiac V8 block all the way until 1980/81 when a 265V8 was produced.
Since less durability was required for the smaller displacement, the block
was decked/butchered/lightened on the 265/301v8s of 1980/81. Prior to 1980
the block had never been decked/butchered/lightened. The 1980/81 265/301v8
blocks were about 200 pounds lighter than the 1955-79 blocks, and only 25
pounds heavier than a Buick 231V6.