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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE
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    EVOLUTION, From where we came

    Images furnished by Hotrodharley

    Formatted and uploaded by Zipper

    Back in the day, anything was possible. How about an Offy with a

    side-mounted blower on Ed Donovan's dragster?

    Nothing says drag racing like way too big of an engine stuffed into

    too little car; reminds me of the models I used to imagineer as a


    Rear slicks churning, front tires grabbing air, and, an acrobatic


    Uhhh, dude? I don't think you asked for a big enough head start.

    A wheelstander with everything but the kitchen sink

    Who said snakes can't fly? Prudhomme gets air in the lights in

    Seattle .

    Hard to believe that today's Top Fuelers evolved from this; from

    its whitewall tires to its Rat Fink-like shifter placement, I

    really dig this car.

    (Above) So you still think that Don Garlits invented the

    rear-engine dragster, do ya? (Below) Donnie and Gene Bowman's

    flathead-powered Vineland Villain wasn't pretty, but it sure looked

    crude. Back then, functionality trumped almost everything.

    I love this shot, taken in the pits at Lions. No, not the neat old

    flip-top panel wagon -- the lady, dressed in skirt and heels.


    Kinda funny, too, but for a different reason is Surfers pilot Mike

    Sorokin almost having his helmet sucked off at speed (center).

    One of the first production chassis shops

    Another vintage chassis on this cool twin. Always amazing to me to

    see how primitive the early driver-protection devices were.

    Okay, if you don't like this photo, you can hardly consider

    yourself a drag fan. Classic Lions stuff.

    A couple of engines, four tires, a little extra tubing, a welder,

    and there's little that early drag racers couldn't -- and didn't --


    I looooooooove this shot. The photographer did such a great job of

    exposing it and allowing you to see every detail, nut, and bolt on

    the blower. Arthur Trim tells me that this is Connie Kalitta's

    Logghe-chassised Ford-powered digger, photographed on a chassis

    dyno in one of Ford's labs.

    Indy is a place where magical thi ngs happen. Look closely, and you

    can see that "Big John's" battle-scarred 'Cuda has all four tires

    off the ground.

    Not all new ideas were good ones; Exhibit A is Noel Black's

    two-engine, four-wheel-drive Top Fueler from 1967.

    Call me an astute observer, but I reckon that "Big Jim" Dunn was

    pretty much done for this run at Lions in the rainbow-hued Dunn &

    Reath digger.

    Who says you need four wheels?

    Scary fast

    In the same vein, who says you even need four wheels or three

    wheels? The famed Leffler-Coburn Iron Mistress coupe had six! In a

    true example of the sum of the parts not being equal to the whole,

    Neil Leffler and Bill Coburn each took the fuel-burning Hemis from

    their competition coupes and paired them for this interesting

    experiment. It wasn't real fast, but it was spectacular.

    We've seen lead weights and tubes filled with lead shot as

    front-end ballast, but a rock? I kid you not. Clearly, the Red

    Mountain Boys knew how to rock.

    I think we've all seen the classic photo above of Don Garlits'

    career-changing transmission explosion at Lions, but at left is the

    less-seldom-seen but equally-breathtaking downtrack angle. I'm not

    sure who circled the fan in the stands or why, but that's how this

    image was posted.

    I've never seen this car before, but it can't be any mistake that the names on its side are Capp and Fedderly, as in future Top Fuel partners (and Indy winners) Terry Capp and Bernie Fedderly. Both are still at it years later, Capp in nostalgia racing and Fedderly as Auston Coil's alter ego on the John Force team.

    The first rule of running against a jet dragster: Always leave


    Herman Munster , far lane, and Grandpa dueled at Lions in a

    ghoulish go that was featured on the popular television show.

    The driver's reaction in this photo is classic after his blown Fiat

    puked all over the Lions starting line.

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    Senior Member DYNO OPERATOR
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    Very nice. Thank you for publishing this blast from the past! I enjoyed every picture.

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE
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    The last pic is the magic mufflers fiat at Lions. That picture has an honored place in my family room. Check out the oil pan in front of the rear tire, and misc. engine parts in the track, along with all the oil showering down. Gray Baskerville said it was the coolest drag racing photo ever taken. OUTSTANDING, Zipper,and hotrodharly, totally made my day!!!
    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    Senior Member MASTER BUILDER
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    Excellent ZIP, Later J.Smith 4521racing :P

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE TheYellaBrick's Avatar
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    OUTA SIGHT !!!!!!!!!!

    I get such a kick out of seeing the progression of 'technology'. Those were back when there were no rules in trying ANYthing to go fast !! TRUE hotrodding at it's finest !!
    GREAT POST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    to those who

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE BEAST477's Avatar
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    That was GREAT Zip, thanks for the pics hotrod harley.

    Only a rich man can afford to use cheap parts.

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    Senior Member EXPERT BUILDER
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    thanks zip for posting these..i was sure everyone would enjoy them..i know i have..

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE fla1976's Avatar
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    Old dragsters

    Thanks for than nostalgia!! Great days of racing.

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    Junior Member APPRENTICE
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    Great stuff! If it wasn't for those pioneers we would't be where we are!

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