Saturday, December 31, 2005

Chuck Horvath's Damn Yankee Funny Car
Chuck Horvath and his two sons, Brad and Mark, had a 15 year dream to build a competitive drag car. Through hard work, the dream has come true.
Drag Racing News, Websites, Motorsports Marketing. This is a nice website. How did we miss it for so long?
Dragway 42 Pictures from the Past
70s flopper and fueler pics from Ohio's Dragway 42.
Craig Sutton's 1964 Ford Thunderbolt Website
Dedicated to the 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt. These 100 special purpose built drag cars helped Ford Motor Company capture the NHRA Super Stock title that year.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Mickey Thompson - M/T
A web page in memory of Mickey Thompson - M/T - one of Motor Sports' greatest innovators and drivers.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Patriotic Matchup
David Graves caught this classic matchup of two armed forces sponsored funny cars. Bob Pickett and Tom McEwen get it on during the Fourth of July weekend in 1976.

Today in History
Badco traces the origins of the terms 'drag racing' and 'Rock & Roll' with varying degrees of success.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

2005 Drag Racing Driver Earnings
Steve presents his list of 2005 driver winnings from national events, special races, and world championship payouts. Pro driver winnings include Rookie of the Year and Motel 6 money. Top Alcohol driver winnings include Lucas Oil Top 2, Division Champs Top 3, and Division #1 Qualifier money.

Mike Dunn at US-131
Kevin shares this shot of Mike Dunn doing something that many fans wish he'd give another shot -- driving a top notch fuel car on the NHRA trail.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

2005 Competition Plus Dot.Com Awards
Time again to vote for your favorite drivers, sponsors, magazines, websites, etc. for the past drag racing season.

Funny Car Nose Art
David Hapgood submits two examples of funny car nose art from the 1970s, an era when race fans cheered for drivers and paint jobs alike!

Beware the Iceman!
"The Iceman" Shannon Jenkins is preparing for battle in 2006. Jenkins scored the biggest P/ST wins of 2005 at Orlando and Vegas. The competition has been warned.
Happy holidays! Here's a fun site to check out... remember those great Munsters hot rods?

Friday, December 23, 2005's Year In Review 2005
This terrific door car site always runs down its past year in a great end of year write up. Again, they've honored by mentioning our partnership as one of their top 20 accomplishments of the year. interview Ashley Force

When John Force came to London to receive the John Bolster Award for
achievement at the 2005 Autosport Awards, he brought his family along with him. In between interviewing John and organising a photo-shoot in Park Lane, and Roger Gorringe managed to grab a quick word with John's daughter Ashley, who drives the Darien and Meadows A/Fuel Dragster. We asked Ashley about being a Force, about her 2005 season, about her plans for 2006, and about her plans to turn Pro with a Fuel Funny Car.
Drag Racing Unplugged VII
As has become traditional on our last pre-Christmas update, we have posted our collection of the season's best quotes from Eurodragster.coms's live Event Coverage, and others we didn't publish at the time. We are pleased to present Drag Racing Unplugged VII, the 2005 collection.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

60s Funny Cars: Round 5
In an age of cookie cutter funny cars and rules outlawing new developments, we flash back to a decade when two funny cars were seldom alike. These racers were free thinkers. Some ideas worked; some did not. But more often that not, ingenuity beat out store bought horsepower.

She's Still Fine!
The 409 powered Bel Air Chevy bubbletop used to dominate the stock classes. Time and being victums of their own success ran the old cars out of the class. Aubrey Burneau brought this little gem out of the woodwork to race in D/Stock.

Joel Johanssen, son of a funny car racer, recalls a childhood experience with a wayward blower.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

70s Funny Cars: Round 40
We have a menagerie of new funny cars for the Round 40, from the "Stroker" match bash car to the sleek "Black Stang,” and even the "Greek" thrown in for good measure!

In Remembrance of Steve Carbone
Today, we lost one of the great drag racers of all time. Steve Carbone passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm. Carbone will be remembered as one of the last great slingshot dragster drivers and a good friend to those who knew him.

Rat Under Glass!
John Gulla captured Don Garlits in 2003 on the last tour of his unique monostrut Top Fueler.
John Durand has put up a smugmug page in addition to his excellent drag racing photo site. Here you can easiliy see all of John's great photos and purchase prints.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Up, Up & Away!
"Hemi Fred" Ristagno shows the wrong way of getting the classic Sox & Martin Duster off the line.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Lost Dragstrips - Dallas International Motor Speedway
Wow, Ford Flasback has put together a terrific page on the late, great Dallas International Motor Speedway.
Those crazy Ozzies sure do like their burnout cars and this one is one of the wildest ones ever!
Featuring the art of Big Daddy Ed Roth...

El Bandito
Mike Fiahlo took over the Bandit name in 1984. The Ft. Worth-based racer was a regular from 1984 to 1990 with the Bandit series of funny cars.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Randy Izatt's Drag Photo References at
Model builder Randy Izatt has hundreds of drag photos at this site that he uses as references for building models. Quite a collection.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Australia Awaits Its Most Successful Drag Racing Export
David Grubnic, a former Brisbane drag racer who has retained relative anonymity in Australia despite finishing in the top five of the World's richest quarter mile competition, is set to ignite Queensland's Willowbank Raceway on January 6/7.

John Bell's amazing artistry is again featured. The subject of this work is the Snoopy Jaguar, one of the most remembered funny cars of the sixties.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Straight-line speed and power
Bangkok: Drag-racing has proven more popular than ever, thanks to modified rules to suit local conditions.

Bee on Video - Special Event and Nostalgia Drag Racing Videos
Bee on Video has been producing videos since 1985 and they are committed to bringing you the best in coverage of specialty car shows and nostalgia drag racing.

Drag Racing Art by Howard Hagen!
These pencil drawings by Howard Hagen capture the golden age of drag racing and are a classy way to show your love of drag racing.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Injected Rambunctious
David Graves got this awesome shot of Gene Snow's Rambunctious A/Funny Car with Terry Pringle at the wheel.
Live Chat Tomorrow With Screamin' Eagle Drag Race Team
Ever wonder what it's like to blast down a quarter-mile drag race track in seven seconds reaching speeds over 180mph? Tomorrow, two of the world's fastest Harley-Davidson drag racers, Andrew Hines and GT Tonglet of the Screamin' Eagle/Vance & Hines Drag Race Team, will answer questions about life in the NHRA fast lane as they chat live with race fans on Dec. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. CST.
Honorees named for 4th Annual Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion
Two chassis builders two painters, and three pioneering drag racers are among those named Honorees for the 4th Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, presented by DuPont Automotive Finishes, June 16-18, 2006, at Beach Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Alaska's Fastest Pro Mod
Michael Ogden contributed this shot of the Prockish Motorsports Corvette, Alaska's fastest Pro Mod.
An Old Man and His Bike, Chasing an Impossible Dream
Anthony Hopkins stars in 'The World's Fastest Indian,' a based-on-fact movie of a New Zealand coot who defies age by racing his motorcycle competitively on the salt flats.

Monday, December 12, 2005

The Punisher
Here's a rare shot of a one-off promotional funny car body that for the most part was as forgotten as the movie it promoted.

Ontario Nostalgia Drag Racers
A a group of nostalgia drag racers, enthusiasts and historians who are interested in promoting the sport of 'old style racing.'

The Godfather Shakes It!
Brian Wood got this great shot of Charlie Gambino's funny car undergoing severe tire shake at the recent Snowbird Nationals at Bradenton, Florida.
Broker is honored for his days of racing dragsters in Michigan
Noah Canfield, a Clearwater, FL, broker who handled more than 390 Florida hotel transactions in a career spanning three decades, was recently inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

New Zealand: Cameraman goes flying in 200km/h drag race crash
A cameraman was hurled in the air after a drag car driver lost control yesterday and crashed at 200km/h at Meremere Dragway in north Waikato.

Haulin' Harley!
The V-Twin Pro Stock Bikes of the Vance & Hines team have made their mark in NHRA racing.

70s Funny Cars - Round 39
Danny White got together with some of the best drag racing historians and racers in Europe to come up with a MEGA round that covers the complete history of 1970s nitro funny car racing in Scandinavia.

60s Funny Cars - Drag Racing Photos and History
The latest page of 60s Funny Cars features the Match Batch racers of the South Central United States.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Rising to the Challenger: Detroit auto show debut for Dodge muscle coupe concept:
To all those purists who still can't forgive Dodge for building a four-door Charger, here's your answer: the 2006 Dodge Challenger concept.

ICE Automotive's classic Havoc altered

UK engine and chassis shop ICE Automotive recently unveiled their 112" wheelbase, classically-styled blown-alcohol altered named Havoc. The altered has drawn rave reviews before turning a wheel; although it is easily capable of six-second passes its November début was curtailed by rain. spoke to driver Nick Davies and got the lowdown on the stunning new race car.

Girls of Junior Drag Racing
Dan attended a few junior dragster races in Maryland last year and found out what many in drag racing know already -- that the girls of Junior Drag Racing are changing the face of the sport.
EphemeraNow -1950s Classic Car Art
Nice site with great classic auto art.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

United Manual Transmission Racers
Dedicated to the Lost Art of Stick Shift Drag Racing.

Bunny Burkett - The First Lady of Funny Cars!
Bunny Burkett is back with a great new web site celebrating her 40 years in the sport. Check out all the great die cast cars and other great Bunny souvenirs for the holiday season!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Big Fun at the Slingshot Nationals
On June 26th, the air at Cordova Dragway Park was filled with nitro and methanol fumes as the FEDA/ACDelco Slingshot Nationals held their 7th annual Nostalgia Dragster bash.
Is a Speedway in Yaphank's Future?
A chill evening rain did not stop hundreds of drag racing fans from lining up at the Islip Arts building on the Selden campus of Suffolk County Community College recently, for a second public meeting to discuss future development of 350 acres of county-owned land in Yaphank, Long Island.
For a 'Veggie Car,' Grease Is the Word
Super Duper Weenie's waste oil has become an asset. Instead of piling up in a storage shed, it is filtered to remove potato starch and bread crumbs, then goes straight into the tank of the 1978 Mercedes 300D owned by Gary Zemola, an owner of the restaurant.
For the man with everything - the V8 snowblower
If you're tired of anaemic, one-lung snowblowers with their slipping drive belts, you might consider Kai Grundt's V8 powered version.

Monday, December 05, 2005 interview: John Force
They don't come much bigger than John Force and got the chance to interview the multiple Championship and record-holding Funny Car racer at a brunch in London to celebrate John's latest honour, the John Bolster Award, presented by UK motorsports magazine Autosport. John was as ever in talkative mood and our interview covered many subjects from John's own racing career and those of his daughters, his plans for the future both long-and short-term, as well as covering some personal issues, and you can read his comments verbatim on

The "Alaskan Grizzly" AA/FA is a rare sight indeed. The Bodenstadt family raced the only fuel car in Alaska, and it was a AA/Fuel Altered!

Dave Milcarek caputured this stunning photo of the gold "Jungle Jim" tribute car in 2004.
Rain dashes drag racing hopes
Last weekend's national drag-racing round at Hood Aerodrome promised fireworks, but in the end all it produced was a damp squib.
Salt Lake Drag Racer Wins Big in Vegas
If you're familiar with auto racing or drag racing at all, you've probably heard the term: 'Put him on the trailer!' When drivers are eliminated from competition, they load their car on a trailer and tow it back home. A Salt Lake man put a lot of drivers on the trailer last weekend.
Hopper wins drag race points title
In auto racing, a pit crew has to be like a close-knit family. Everyone relies on every one else to deliver the maximum out of the driver and the race car. For Mountain Home drag racer Jerry Dean Hopper, his crew isn't just like a close-knit family, they are his family.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Going Solo!
Tony Pedregon won the 2003 NHRA championship. James Drew got this shutdown shot of his solo debut in 2004.

Birds of a Feather: The Condor Express Story
The Logue Bros. raced for about three years in one of the best looking funny cars of its time.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Outlaw Nationals drag racing returns
This weekend, the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals makes its annual return to Bradenton Motorsports Park. This year's event will feature three days of drag racing, highlighted by the Jet Jam Night of Fire on Saturday, an event in which jet-powered cars and trucks will be lighting up the quarter-mile at speeds of over 300 mph.
Cowin returns to U.S. Top Fuel racing in 2006
Second-generation driver Andrew Cowin will make his return to the United States drag racing scene behind the wheel of a new Top Fuel team fielded by respected insurance industry figure Scott Griffin of Wilmington, NC. The deal was brokered by Mark Carrier, longtime Griffin friend and Cowin�s former employer.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Make My Day!
The "Make My Day" Top Alcohol drag racing team was not around for long, but left its mark on drag racing.

Bob Fermier shot Norm Carson's Hemi Cuda at Gainesville in the mid '70s.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Blaze Away!
Greg Gage caught this spectacular shot of Whit Bazemore in 2004 at Bristol.
Corvette's New Chief Engineer Talks About Racing, Restoring and Teaching Respect for Automobiles
On Jan. 1, 2006, Tom Wallace will officially become the car guy with the best job in the world. On that date he will succeed Dave Hill as Corvette chief engineer and vehicle line executive (VLE) for performance cars.
Hobart strip could make a comeback, but some neighbors strongly oppose it
The pair of long asphalt straightaways look out of place in the midst of tall weeds across the street from houses and farmland. But if you close your eyes and think back about 25 years, you can still hear the roar of the engines and smell the gasoline fumes.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Drag strip debated in NW Indiana
Plans to reopen a drag strip in northwest Indiana have been met with enthusiasm from race fans, but residents worry about increased traffic and noise.
Drag Racing ends at the Wamrnambool Aerodrome
It was probably the last drag racing event at Warrnambool's aerodrome but racers and spectators were too busy to be sad yesterday.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Tony Schumacher's Dominant Year
What else can you say about Tony Schumacher’s 2005 season? He not only won the NHRA Top Fuel title, he ran the fastest speed in the history of Top Fuel while doing it.

Weis Fire!
Dan Himmel caught Scott Weis lighting it up on a Top Fuel pass in 2004. Scott was unhurt on the run.
Michigan drag racer re-signs with team
It was supposed to be just a part-time gig for Steve Bareman, but the Holland drag racer has made the most of his opportunities.
Palm Desert man to race for the 'Pinks'
It is the ultimate racing challenge. Two cars, two drivers and a quarter-mile drag strip; then there's one burst of acceleration, and the winner takes the loser's car.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Remembering James Brown
James Brown was one of the most popular racers in Texas. James was famous for his Anglias and later his funny cars. The Brown & Russell team was well liked by racers and fans alike.

Nitro Thunder For Sure!
The Nitro Thunder dragster is well named. The James Drew photo catches the Harris family dragster at Las Vegas.
Snowmobile Events Calendar
Snowmobileguys will keep you posted with the upcoming events around the country. The major race events are listed and you can click on a calendar to see more events in the months to come.
The Unstoppabulls
Bahrain's first international motorsports team with cars in Pro Mod drag racing and many more series.
IHRA champ Spiess honored
Parades held in late November are supposed to feature a jolly old man in a red suit. Sunday's traffic-stopper focused on a very happy 50-year-old with a rather red face.
Local drag racer burns to top finish
Chris Lucero recently finished fourth place in the division seven super-pro class at the Rocky Mountain Raceway in Utah. Division seven includes racers from Wyoming all the way to the West Coast.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Triple Shot of Pro Mods
John Gulla sent us a good example of why Pro Mod racing is so interesting. The three Pro Mods were shot at Atlanta a couple of years back.
Top dragsters to open New Zealand track
Top American drag-racing stars and husband and wife Tommy Johnson, Jr. and Melanie Troxel will be at the official opening of Taupo's Lakeside International Dragway on January 2, 2006.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Wild Willys
Bob Clayton's "Rat Infested II" ?33 Willys is one of the mainstays of the Good Guys A/Gas class. Exceeds 25 MILLION Page Views!
In the early morning of November 21, 2005, exceeded 25 MILLION page views. Thanks to all our VOLUNTEER contributors, to our generous sponsors, our sales partners, our terrific message board community, and especially, thanks to Danny White.

Here, Puddy Tat...
Bob Rosetty was one of the major founders of the nostalgia funny car movement with his immaculate rendition of Joe Jacono's Cuda. Now he's back with a Vega funny car that meets the same standard.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Gods at Lebanon
During the 1970s Lebanon Valley Dragway was a premier venue for nitro floppers. Once a month from May through September the track brought in cars from around the Divison and across the country.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

KingNitro's NHRA Gallery
A great photo gallery featuring seldom seen cars and pits shots from NHRA national events. Nice.

The California Trucker Retires
Longtime driver Lee Jennings -- The California Trucker -- has announced his retirement from driving. He will now become the tuner for his son and Mendy Fry.
Interview with the Pros: Q&A with Gary Densham
Gary Densham is a veteran funny car racer and a veteran teacher. Gabrielle Stevenson brings us up to speed on Gary's split with John Force Racing, his first year back as an independent funny car racer, and his plans for the future.
Fontana speedway will make many improvements
California Speedway will be getting a $10 million makeover, speedway officials announced a press conference Monday.

Friday, November 18, 2005

NOPI Xbox Cup Champions crowned
$25,000 and the Championship title goes to Ara Arslanian. Ara Arslanian, StreetGlow Bullish Motor Racing legend and Champ, fought harder in 2005 than ever before to retain his NDRA Pro Compact title. Plus detailed info on all 2005 class champions.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Tri-Pod Fueler!
Greg Gage gives us a flashback to Bristol 2004. Gage's shot shows Rhonda Hartman-Smith T/F on three wheels and shows why it is not a good idea.