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Rear View - January 2014

Funny Car Blues

By , Photography by Car Craft Archives

If you have been watching NHRA Funny Car racing in recent months, you might know about the new restraints that are being used to keep the body on the car in the case of an engine explosion. This photo of Mickey Thompson's Pinto Funny Car on fire at the '71 Indy Nationals shows the body collapsing at the same point behind the supercharger that Ron Capp's car failed during qualifying this year. We agree with some of the drivers that burst panels on the sides of the cars might be a good solution for a long-term problem. Food for thought.

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