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Funny Car - More Roar!

Some of the best funny car racers back in the day

And...we're back, ears still ringing, eyes still watering, brainwaves scrambled like eggs, and minds altered in that fitful rain of raw fuel with lungs in lockdown for more than a few seconds. It occurred that while all of this was being documented, it was only for a particle of a second and then the thunder dragons and their surly, stinking breath became the past, just like that. The sacred moment burst like a soap bubble, without an inkling, without a single thought of posterity. All we wanted to do was get the shot and get the hell out of the way.

Soft Harpoon

Not to be confused with Javelin 1, a back-motor car with a body that flipped up from the rear, the conventional-layout Javelin 2 ran the Coke circuit in 1969 and won a special American Motors race at Irwindale. Doug Thorley teamed driver Dick Bourgeois with tuner Earl Wade, and they ran a 449-inch AMC engine. The second iteration had a Wade-built 427 Chevy that went 7.38 at 204.

Snowman vs. Setzer

Two of the hottest Funny Cars in the world were ready to duke it out at an early '70s match race. The joint was rockin', OCIR's Steve Evans was busily promoting its annual Manufacturer's Meets, and 32-car mid-week shows were commonplace. Gene Snow, still active as a car owner, won just about every title available to a nitro-burner. North Carolinian Barry Setzer had a stable of Fuel Cars that were built, and often driven, by the late, great Pat Foster.

Dandy Dick

Landy flattens the pie-crust M&H's and hangs 'em at 223rd and Alameda in the outlands of fabled Wilmington, California. Scary brutes like his long-stack, altered-wheelbase Coronet soon morphed into the Funny Car as we know it. From Super Stock to A/FX, Landy and his Dodges were most feared.

Moon Shot

Before the late Gene Mooneyham opened his fabled shop, he moved from Southern California to South Louisiana to run Car Shop, Inc. In 1967, the Car Shop team built this Chevy-powered Camaro with its trademark Charger-style roofline. It was driven by Frank Huff or Henry Garcia and eventually turned a best of 7.51 at 189. When Car Shop went fish-belly, Mooneyham repaired to SoCal and enjoyed his successful supercharger business.

Goosed

What can you say about Tom McEwen? The hall-of-fame driver, team owner, and self-promoter can be credited with the concept of corporate-sponsored teams. At times, Coca-Cola, Mopar, and Revell all put heavy money in his operations, and in return, they got one of the sport's very best.

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21 comments
Ed Bell
Ed Bell

No, everyone has their own thing.

Carroll Smith
Carroll Smith

ooo it must have chevy motor eeen eeet,cuz ah nebber erd notn bout any ting else in my life.. in FACT IT IS A AFTERMARKET A.M.C there thats almost a chevy

Robert Gilmore
Robert Gilmore

IM With Joshua Nothing Well Ever ZZ Top A Good Drag Race I Like NHRA TOP FUEL YEA JOHN FORCE 15 TIME WORLD CHAMP

Robert Gilmore
Robert Gilmore

All Ways Like A Good Shot. But Its Got To Be On The Ground To Make Time On The Track .>>Rock ON Good Job.>>But I DO Like The Car !!!!!

Justin Patch
Justin Patch

Its autocross Agnes Raines nothing to do with motorcycles.. Why would anyone want to replace Drag racing, autocross is a totally different animal and they are both a blast..

Agnes Raines
Agnes Raines

i have nothing bad about cycles nor motorcross but what the Hell does people think about replaceing dragracing with ugh motorcross. Oh HELL NO!!!!!!! I was raised at the Drag Strips and fell so much in love with this sport....Yeah fellas & ladies I said sport! I have been to K.C.I.R in Kansas City I have been to HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA in Topeka, Kansas GATEWAY INTL. in ST.Louis. plus many more. so dont even think about taken NHRA OR IHRA away.

Joshua Pugh
Joshua Pugh

Nothing will ever replace the drags.

Jesse Rowland
Jesse Rowland

not replace, how about accompany? i wouldnt mind dragging on friday night after taking turns all afternoon. our drag strip is also our road course's front straight, and the popularity of an idea like this is making it possible this summer.

David Seibel
David Seibel

I like road courses more than autocross, but I don't think anything should replace drag racing.

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