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.
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
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!
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.
Buy the full video at
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.
Lions Drag Strip incredible Grand Premier accidents 1972
Season opening Grand Premier at Lions Drag Strip in Janaury 1972 marked the
return of NHRA sanction to the world famous Wilmington/Long Beach, CA
racetrack. Incredible clip is from Part 1 (of 3 part) video documentary
"Lions - The Greatest Drag Strip", and shows the unusual amount of
accidents that took place, thanks to veteran lensman Paul Sadler and Dave
Kerr. Lions would close after its 17-year run just eleven months later.
Vintage Drag Racing: Late 1960's - Early 1970's (Jeff Beck "Big Block")
This piece is based on 1960's and 1970's Drag Racing photographs by Charles
L. Gilchrist, and is dedicated to "Piston Heads" and "Gear Jammers" all
over the world. enjoy!
Produced by CG Imaging
Music "Big Block" by Jeff Beck from the album "Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop".
If you like these hot drag racing images, check out the artists website:
Gassers At 131 Dragway In The '60s
This is an updated version of my video "Drag Racing In The '60s part 3". I
made that video about three years ago and since then I have upgraded my
photo and video editing software. I have been able to clean up the photos
and video a bit and I added sound to the movies that I extracted from some
recent video I took at the drags. I thought it would be fun to add some
sound to the old 8mm movies. I also made it widescreen. The soundtrack is
me jammin' on some Booker T and the MGs and CCR.
4-2-1978 Vintage 605 Speedway in Southern CA.
Vintage 1978 605 SPEEDWAY
in Southern CA.
First time out with the Cuda
Tom in his new Cuda -Never raced asphalt before.
Good look at another old race track that closed in
Southern Ca. The newer Irwindale Raceway now was built just across the
freeway where this race track once stood