Sometimes we get photos for This Guy's Garage that are just plain cool. Imagine visiting a friend's shop only to discover he has one of Mickey Thompson's old front-engined dragsters. This particular car, according to Dave, "started life as Mickey Thompson's X/Dragster with the four-cylinder Poncho engine in 1960." We did a little digging and found Thompson won Middle Eliminator with that combination at the inaugural '61 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California. Dave says, "The Cissell family bought the car from Thompson in 1961. Cissell pulled the engine and sold it to Jim Williams of Louisville, Kentucky. The Cissells then put a small-block in the Dragmaster and raced it in 1963. Rollyn Blankenbeker bought the car in 1964 and raced it for two years as an A/Dragster." According to Dave, Rollyn last raced the car in 1965, then Dave bought it in 1985, performing a complete restoration. Since then, Dave has attended several NHRA National Hot Rod Reunions in Bowling Green with the car. The only thing better than owning one historic, slingshot car would be owning two. Alongside the ex-M/T car is the original Tom Sievert and Bill Thornberry Chassis Research K88 Dragster. Dave says, "It was raced in the 1960s. Eventually, it was purchased by Porter Shrader, who kept it in storage until 2001. Porter restored the dragster for the first NHRR event in Bowling Green. After Porter's death in 2012, Dave purchased it from his estate."
Thanks to my dad, David Huber (RIP), for making me the hot rodder I am.
1. When you house a couple of old dragsters, it's important to have enough room for everything to fit. Dave has built a 30x40-foot shop that can accommodate not only the cars but also the trailers, as well as the trucks that Dave needs to haul the race cars.
Back in the early '60s, Scotty Fenn popularized the slingshot dragster chassis by selling pre-bent kits you could weld together in your garage through his Chassis Research company. This car was one of those K88 kits and is now powered by a small-block Chevy with a single four-barrel carburetor and a magneto. This dragster was originally campaigned by Tom Sievert and Bill Thornberry.
2. "The '37 Chevy pickup was built around 1980 and still has the original paintjob." Kenny Bradley, Larry Wimsat, and the Okolona Street Rodders helped Dave build the truck. The Hubers Standard Oil logo you just barely see on the door was Dave's father's service station in Shively, Kentucky. This truck was intended to re-create a truck his dad owned in the '50s.
3. The yellow '71 GMC is a re-creation of the Frakes Auto Salvage Junkyard truck from the 1970s. Dave told us, "Robert Frakes and his Kentucky Moonshiner T/F dragster team used this truck as its tow/push and yard truck. I restored it in memory of Robert Frakes."
4. Dave has owned this '32 four-door sedan street rod for about eight years. It has a small-block running gear, and it is a great little cruiser.
5. This is one of Mickey Thompson's early Dragmaster cars that was fitted with a supercharged Pontiac Tempest four-cylinder that was really half of a 389 Pontiac V8. The car now sports a '57 283 small-block Chevy with '58 Vette heads, a Scott injector, a 6-71 blower, LaSalle trans, and a Halibrand rearend.