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.
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.
AHRA Phoenix 1971 - Bee Line
Footage from the AHRA race at Bee Line (Phoenix) in 1971
Below commentary copied from Dragzine.com
Slingshot Top Fuel dragsters, Funny Cars, Pro Stockers, Modified
Production, Super Stockers, a young and curvy Linda Vaughn; it's all there.
But perhaps the most interesting element captured and one that drag racing
historians will pick up on right away is the presence of "Big Daddy" Don
Garlits' Swamp Rat XIV. Although not the first rear engine dragster by any
means, it undoubtedly ushered in the rear engine movement that led to the
Top Fuel cars of today, and it's the footage of Garlits debuting and
winning in the car at Pomona in 1971 that will forever live in infamy. But,
as the AHRA Winternationals at Beeline took place in late January -- prior
to the NHRA Winternationals -- what you're witnessing is the actual debut
of the Swamp Rat XIV at Beeline.
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.
Digitized and edited 8mm home movies taken by Mike Tyler.
1968 SS Camaro,a/c,4 speed,amazing driver.
This 1968 Super Sport Camaro has never been offered for
sale before and is in amazing turn key condition,it is not a concourse show
car but a way above average driver that will be sure to be a hit anywhere
it is taken.This amazing Camaro is very solid all original
and uncut and the matching numbers 327 has just been rebuilt and
blueprinted with some mild head work and a cam with a nice lumpy idle with
no vibration felt through the car just great street performance,the
transmission is non matching numbers but period correct Muncie 4 speed
transmission with a hurst shifter and the power is transferred to the
original 10 bolt posi rearend with 3:08 gears.There are alot of original
parts still on the car as well as some upgrades we did,with the low mileage
of the car alot of the factory parts are still there such as the cast iron
manifold,alternator,a/c compressor,pulleys,brackets,ignition system with
vaccum advance and water pump.We also did alot of upgrades to this amazing
car such as full length headers,2 1/4 dual Exhaust with crossover and factory style
tailpipes,Hotchkis tubular upper and lower control arms,Hotchkis coil
springs,Hotchkis solid 1.25" front sway bar w/end links and Hotchkis tie
rod ends with adjusting sleeves and pitman arm.Now for the exterior this Camaro is tuxedo black
with the white bumblbee nose stripe and in amazing shape all the glass is
in excellent shape,please look at all the pics carefully i think they will
answer alot of questions its hard to hide anything on a black car.The black
deluxe interior is in excellent shape and everything works properly the
doors,trunk and hood all open and close nicely.This Camaro is a great classic that
can be enjoyed and most of all driven the a/c blows cold and the car drives
excellent,stops great,shifts great and just looks awesome,im sure this car
will exceed the lucky new owners expectations.The car does come with the
original camshaft,upper and lower control arms,front coil springs and sway
bars.There are too many extras to list so please look at the pictures
carefully and feel free to call me at 954-205-7467 with any Questions or
offers.There are a few exterior blemishes please look at the last few
pictures the car will also need new hood springs they are worn out
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.
The Antique Doll Flathead Dragster start-up
This is our 1958 Te-440 Flathead dragster "The Antique Doll"
The car was originally the SCRIMA - ADAMS - SMITH dragster that was Top
Eliminator in 1959 at Lions Drag strip. It originally ran a 394 blown olds.
September 12, 1959 at Lions drag strip Mickey Brown got killed in the car.
After that day the car was sold and a flathead was put in for the last 40+
PINKS All Out Drag Racing CRASH
See what happens when a Camaro looses control and crashes
into its Mustang
competitor. Want more? Catch PINKS All Out on SPEED. Airs Thursdays at 8pm
(5pm PT). http://www.speedtv.com/programs/pinks-all-out /
The 1983 NHRA World Finals marked the last national event for Orange County
2012 Gasser Reunion Gasser Madness Tribute Beaver Springs Dragway Nostalgia Drag Racing
Buy Gasser Reunion DVD
http://www.maziracing.com/2012GasserReunion/index.htm June 8-10, 2012 -11th
Annual Gasser Magazine Gasser Reunion tribute to Byron Stack, founder of
http://www.gassermadness.com and the Gas/FX group.
Many thanks to the racers who permitted use of onboard cameras on their
cars; Don Moyer, East Coast AA/GS Supercharged Racing Association.
Featuring; Ted Turley Jr. in the Altizer, Finders and Kibler Willys; Dave
Cobb in the Finders Keepers Willys; and Jeff Cryan in the Ron Bizio Willys
pickup truck. Rebel Reaper VS 55 ford gasser
Nostalgia Drag Racing and Nitromethane. Indy, Gasser Wars, US Nationals,
Drift HD Action POV Camera
DRAG RACING: 7 SECOND LOVE AFFAIR
What Drag Racing was all about in 1965.
Lions Drag Strip at the peak of drag racing's golden age is the backdrop
for this award winning documentary about the Adams,Wayre & Stewart Top Fuel
Team's trials and tribulations in 1965 and focuses on the life of Rick "the
Iceman" Stewart (the current NHRA chief starter) as he attempts to grab the
second half of the two part world's speed record. This is the one DVD that
every drag racing fan MUST HAVE! GET IT TODAY at: www.ClassicFUEL.com
Big Daddy's New Old Dragster
Don Garlits restores an old Swamp Rat with a brand-new 392 Hemi Crate
Engine and shows the new motor how to do an old-fashioned burnout.