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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".





Time Lapse of Hand Lettering Pinstriping Gold Leaf Airbrush Vega Funny Car Nostalgia Drag Racing
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm Documentary Short Subject: Support Your Local Sign Painter Interview and time lapse of Dan DeLaney, aka Dan the Sign Man, hand lettering and performing airbrush detailed layout on the Feelin' Groovy 1972 Chevrolet Vega funny car owned by AA/GS racer Steve Crook of Blew By You fame. Includes variegated gold leaf application and pinstripe finish. Project time lapse shot over the course of seven days from start to finish. Old School, Steve Kafka Kwill Time lapse recorded with Drift HD POV camera at an interval of 5 seconds per shot. 2014 SNN #1 Support Your Local Sign Painter Words, Photos, and Video by Dawn Mazi-Hovsepian A little over a month ago, I received a text message stating that several mutual friends were going to collaborate on a paint scheme for a 1972 Vega nostalgia funny car. Steve Crook and Mark Stipich, co-owners of S & M Auto Body (http://www.sandmautobody.us) in Eastlake, Ohio, were going to apply the paint, and longtime family friend Dan DeLaney, aka Dan the Sign Man (http://www.dansignman.com) of Tonawanda, New York, was going to handle the layout and hand lettering for the team. Crook, Stipich and Brian Korelec presented Dan with a concept of what they wanted done, as well as their color choice for the car. DeLaney roughed out a 'napkin sketch' of his interpretation and received instant approval to roll with it. I was so thoroughly impressed with Dan's sketch and respect for the car's era, that I sent a text message back to him saying, "Having a crazy idea of doing a time lapse video of you doing your thing. Other than wraps on stock cars and the like, no one has done this before." Within minutes of that initial message, I had pitched the idea to Lohnes and began making plans with Dan to spend a week at his shop. My only request for Dan was to not tell anyone on the team that I was going to be there to record the entire process, and that no photo progress updates were to be shared with them until the guys picked up the body. I planned on having cameras set up in the shop to capture their initial reactions to the finished piece. This was going to be uber-fun. DeLaney went the extra mile and made a day trip to Eastlake in mid-April to help layout the design on the body. Crook and Stipich took it from there and had the body painted and delivered to Dan's shop by May 2nd. From then on, Dan graciously allowed me to shadow him with video cameras rolling for eight days, following every methodical and detailed brush stroke from start to finish. While DeLaney worked his magic, we reminisced over the days when we looked forward to getting magazines that featured the newest rolling works of art by the hands of rock star sign painters like Tom Stratton, Kenny Youngblood, Glen Weisgerber, and Nat Quick to name a few. Each individual's unique style fueled DeLaney's passion and appreciation for the industry that he's been able to make a living at for nearly 40 years. Believe it or not, for all the cars that DeLaney has lettered in that time, this was his first Vega funny car body to hand letter and it was deeply personal to him to get it right. It was a throwback to his teen years when he dreamed of owning a paint shop like Don Kirby's in Bellflower, CA, a time when funny car bodies would be lined up on 55 gallon drums outside awaiting their own pair of magic hands. With the exception of pinstripe details, which were expertly handled by Terry Buczak, DeLaney knocked out a stunning hand lettered tribute to an era of drag racing that is burned into the memory banks of purists far and wide. It's more than right, Dan. It's hitting on all eight.





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.





2012 CHRR Nostalgia Top Fuel & Funny Car
0:00 Intro Part I 0:44 Intro Part II 3:28 Nostalgia Top Fuel 4:37 NTF Qualifying Order 9:00 Nostalgia Funny Car 9:37 NFC Qualifying Order 14:37 Final Eliminations 15:00 NTF 1st Round 24:47 NFC 1st Round 37:58 NFC 2nd Round 44:15 NTF 2nd Round 49:49 NFC Semi Finals 53:30 NTF Semi Finals 57:14 NFC Final Round 59:02 NTF Final Round 1:01:01 Winner's Circle 1:01:59 Credits Voice for Top Fuel Segment: Chris Economaki (1920-2012) Voice for Funny Car Segment: Steve Evans (1942-2000)





Donna King crash @ piedmont dragway
Donna has a bad day testing at piedmont for world finals at Rockingham. Thank goodness she's ok and they'll get the car fixed soon.





Best Of Wild Rides 2010 DVD 2 Hour Preview video
Best Of Wild Rides 2010 DVD 2 Hour Preview video Highlights from the DVD available at www.Nitroartvideo.com





rally 1980 - crazy driver - funny cars - wow
collection of crash in rally 1980 -1990 really funny cars really funny driver





Burnout '75 & '76
A selection of Funny Cars, Fuellers and Altereds warm up their rear tyres at British Drag Strips in 1975 & '76. Footage from Time Travel 13 which was originally filmed by Ken Robbins on his 8mm sound cine camera. Full length DVD avaliable at www.timetraveldvds.co.uk





Raymond Beadle Crash
1982 Gainsville Florida- Raymond Beadle flips the Blue Max nitro funny car.





DRAG RACING FROM THE 60'S.wmv
DRAG RACING FROM THE 60'S INDIANAPOLIS U.S. 30 US30 MUNCIE PAMONA NASTALGIA VINTAGE





2013 Nitro Nationals Tulsa Raceway Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car Qualifying Nostalgia Drag Racing
Buy Drag Strip Riot Posters! http://www.maziracing.com/2004poster/index.htm 2013 Nostalgia Nitro Nationals - Tulsa Raceway Park - September 13 & 14, 2013 Nitro Nostalgia Funny Car Qualifying Sessions: Ronnie Young in the Blue Max Plymouth Arrow; Shawn Bowen in the Violator Corvette; Dennis Taylor in the Evil, Wicked, Mean and Nasty Ford Mustang; Fred Farndon in the Farndon and Lake Arrow; John Hale in the Mike Burkhart Camaro; Bazz Young in the Down Under Thunder Chevy Camaro; Doc Halladay; Brian Stewart in the Beartown Shaker Ford Mustang. Nostalgia Drag Racing





72_udra_spring_nationals.wmv
This video was originally aired on Speedvision, now known as SPEED, back in the 1990s. This video features a mix of classic nitro cars racing at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, WI.





Drag Racing - Pacific Raceways 1963
Video from the Mothers Day drag races, May 12th 1963 at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington. This was shot by a friend of my parents, Tex Steere, who asked me to help convert it for him and has graciously allowed me to post it on YouTube.





Snake & Mongoose
After having lunch at Fidel's in Solana Beach, saw Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen funny cars parked on the street. They were in town for Comic Con. Seeing those cars brought back a lot of memories.





Wild Funny Car
Harlan Thompson puts in a wild smokey ride and never lifts! One of my favourite drivers in the 1980's




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