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.
Return to Lions Drag Strip Long Beach California 2008
This is the third year of featuring restored dragsters that have run the
1320' Lions Drag Strip in its hey day... This video, typical of going to a
drag strip, despite John Ewald telling everyone to stand back, you never
get to see much when they display cars this way. Typical of the drag strip,
all the vehicles require too much support, they stand around the car and
block the view.... At the CHRR in Bakersfield, the Cacklefest is blocked by
a bunch of folks standing at the concrete wall on the track blocking the
view to the grand stands as if the concrete barrier wasn't enough....I have
been going to the drags since I was a youngster and it seems the problem is
no one can stay seated for a run and your typical day at the drags to this
day takes on a Jack in the Box atmosphere.... I guess that is the way it
is.....Anyway, the City of Long Beach Chamber of Commerce puts on a nice
event and I hope it continues into the future.
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
Trailer Race - Irwindale Speedway April 19th 2014
Low Budget TV DVDs available!
Contact us at LBTVmail@yahoo.com
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
1978 Funny Cars
More footage from 1978 IHRA Dixie Nationals at Commerce, Ga. On this clip
is Dale Pulde, Raymond Beadle, Kenny Bernstein, Frank Oglesby's Mello Yello
Mustang and Shirl Greer.