This has several funny cars from the late 60s era. It was taken with an old 8mm home movie camera and the film did not hold up well over the years and it was a very crude transfer from home movie to digital. But car enthusiest might enjoy seeing the old funny cars.
IRWINDALE RACEWAY 1971.wmv
Special thanks to Tom West & Steve Reyes, for shooting the Nanook stills,
at the same time my father shot this footage. Drag Racing So. California
style, racing action on the track, and take a walk through the pits along
with my family and I, in an era missed, but not forgotten.
classic funny cars
This is from the Jackson Brothers video Funny Cars and Force. This is some
of the early Funny Car action.
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Irwindale in the 1970s
Classic Irwindale footage from the Jackson Brothers video Funny Cars and
Force. This clip features early John Force in the blue Brute Force.
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The Stone Age Man @ San Fernando Drag Strip in US Turbine 1
The US Turbine 1, driven by George Hutcheson, had a small power plant
(turbine weight of 85 pounds) was originally built for testing bearings.
The turbine would start spinning, in an instant, at 72000 rpm's in 7 tenths
of a second. It provided a continuous burst of intense thrust. From a
standstill, when George hit the throttle, he could not throttle back. It
was either turned ON at 100%, or it was OFF. And if George wanted to
provide an exciting show for the spectators, it was ON, spinning the tires,
on a wild ride, like you where on a ¼ mile of black ice, at speed.
Its diet of oxygen, propel nitrate, and nitrogen that would combine in
the space age rocket chamber and propel it down the track. It worked, just
as it was designed. The turbine driven engine consisted basically of a
carefully designed circular chamber (snail housing) where a rocket type
burner was ignited and the thrust of the burned gases would cause the US
Turbine 1 engine to spin at high revs. This movement was converted into a
more useable power source by means of a reduction gear. The turbine reached
speeds of 72,000 rpm. The reduction gear brought this movement to a more
useable rpm speed with astonishing high torque output. This micro-turbo engine was really powerful!
Only one problem, no human being had the guts or skill to take this
wild ride further than just a few hundred feet.
Fling Traylor, the wealthy owner, was despondent and out of hope in
seeing his creation ever make a full 1/4 mile pass. All his money and pride
couldn't make it happen. He ordered Frank Huszar of Race Car Specialties
(the US Turbine 1 Chassis and components builder) to crate it up and send
it into exile forever, to be on public display at the Smithsonian for all
to see and wonder why....
Frank Huszar lobbied hard for his shop foreman George Hutcheson, who he
believed could reign in and run this wild turbine ride. Fling said, he was
against it but would think about it.
Fling had watched the George drive (The Stone Age Man dragster) and
win over the years. He liked his flare and showmanship style. Fling was
told by many others, that whatever George drove, he could make it work.
Fling desperately wanted his creation to run. Though, he didn't want to be
disappointed all over again.
A week later Fling called George. He told him, "George, I've watched
you at the track and if anyone can do it, it would be you.
After hitting the switch, there is going to be a big explosion and
thirty feet of flame shooting out the back as full power is transferred
from the turbine engine to the rear wheels. Hold on and don't let off,
because it will shut down the engine, and you wont be able to restart once
it shuts off." Fling explained.
As George lets go of the US Turbine 1, it explodes out the back with a
twenty feet long flame and white smoke encircling the big Goodyear slicks
as the front end jumps upwards. The US Turbine 1 often drifts sideways and
George keeps his cool while correcting for the drift as he keeps his foot
in it. The G-forces are different than his Stone Age Man dragster, as all
the forces are on his head and neck as his body is being pushed back. It
shakes violently as the engine screams with a high pitch sound as the Stone
Age Man is off on another great run. To see full story, go to website
BILLY MEYER 1970S
Billy Meyer makes a run in the 1970s. This clip comes from the Jackson
Brothers Video: Force and Funny Cars. Buy this video, it's excellent for
the old Funny Car fan. It's at http://nostalgiadrags.com.
Read a story about Billy Meyer at CompetitionPlus.com
Brian's 60th Birthday
Mondello and Matsubara fuel altered. Brian always wanted to just sit in
this awesome car - his son Josh made this possible. Thanks Karpo, Derek &
1965 NHRA Winter National Drag Races, Pomona--Redone
Sharper, and Enhanced version of previously uploaded video.
Lot's of pit area and return road images of many famous, and not-so-famous,
muscle cars, gassers, and dragsters that "ruled' during the mid sixties.
Captured and edited 8mm home movies taken by Mike Tyler.
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
Trailer Race - Irwindale Speedway April 19th 2014
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Trailer Race at Iriwndale Speedway on 4-19-2014. The winner is determined
by who puts on the best show, and a fan cheer-off is the deciding factor.
Despite falling out early, the Low Budget TV #96 of Tommy Mason won the
GASSERS OF THE '50's '60's '70's
Nine minute promo from the full length (105 min) video available through
Jim Amos' Bee On Video. You will find a mix of nationally famous cars as
well as regional and local cars from around the country. We have included
footage from thirty-eight different tracks in the USA and Canada. Real car
sounds fully narrated. The full length video is fully narrated unlike this
promo clip which only includes car sounds.