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Fake Wheelies from the NHRA 1973 Winternationals - Rear View

Rear View takes a look back at the 1973 NHRA Winternationals and a shot that never made it into CC that year.

By , Photography by Jon Asher

Bogosity Abounds
Here's an outtake we spotted in the photo file from the '73 NHRA Winternationals that didn't find its way into CC that year. Perhaps this setup wheelie shot was intended for the May '73 cover, but the jackstands propping these phony wheelstands proved too tough for the retoucher. Even so, Ken Van Cleave's Dart Sport (left) and Barry Setzer's Vega both appeared inside the issue that-aside from stories on four-banger hop-ups, eight-tracks, and smog technology-was packed with loads of Pro Stock tech. The mag revealed all the latest tricks and trends, then lampooned them just one issue later with Rick "Jeremy Clydesdale" Voegelin's story about the Car Craft Infrared Hyperbolic Discriminatory Analyzer, better known as the Pro Stock Bogosity Meter. It pinpointed such bogus Pro Non-Stock trends as narrowed bumpers, shaved driprails, and drooped fenders. When pointed at Setzer's Vega, "the needle broke off the scale." Pro Stock purity and Car Craft humor fell off the map the very next issue.

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51 comments
Colby Ward
Colby Ward

So what's the point? They can do this anyways.

Jim Guthrie
Jim Guthrie

Ppl are whacko if they see a nova! Smh!

Albert West
Albert West

Magazines fake pics? Say it ain't so! Lol! See the Car Craft cover( Dyno Don pic) of his Pro Stock Pinto, back in the day.

Donnie Milburn
Donnie Milburn

And it is just like in bodybuilding magazines, the weight lifters are not always using the weight they are photographed with. They use aluminum weights (fake) for photo sessions.

Dennis Niehoff
Dennis Niehoff

Yes I was well aware that it is fake, now days most everything in America is fake, that's to bad, but it's the way it is.

Donnie Milburn
Donnie Milburn

Why would that guy ask "does no one see the jack stands"? Did he read the title caption?

Donnie Milburn
Donnie Milburn

These cars have the horsepower to pull wheelstand with the driver & you in the vehicle...and then some.

Matt Cestra
Matt Cestra

I dont see a Nova? I see a yellow Mopar

William Nagle
William Nagle

No I was not aware but thank you for ruining it...

Hank Messer
Hank Messer

Safer to take pictures and get clear shoots all day long. A good lab tech or photoshop artist along with the editor and you get quality results.

Bob Harlan
Bob Harlan

lose the jack stands, and fire em up!!!!

Dan Mueller
Dan Mueller

we knew that way back when it happened..

Buddy Davis
Buddy Davis

Super Stock Drag illustrated did one with the engine out of the car.

Steve Shinn
Steve Shinn

Yes I did know that. I read it in a magazine article in car craft

John Lyons
John Lyons

They get rid of the jack stands in the darkroom guys! Lol

Gregory Huff
Gregory Huff

You know it's fake the only way a molar will pull the wheels is with a jack!!!

Greg Ault
Greg Ault

Obviously fake, the Chevy is out front! :)

Gregory Huff
Gregory Huff

Does no one see jack stands under these cars!!!

Blake Crockett
Blake Crockett

I know that I would not take a picture in that position if it weren't faked. That much power is too unpredictable to take the chance.

James L
James L

Magazine trickery 70's style... I dig the tilt on the dodge

John Wright
John Wright

Only cool if the car is capable of pulling said wheelie under it's own power.

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