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Racing History - Mopars in NHRA

Discussion in 'Historical' started by Beentherebefore, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Fast Eddie

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    1967 auto shift quadrant for drag cars.jpg
    Saw this on the Barrett-Jackson site. This was the shift quadrant used on all 1967 Dodge/Plymouth Hemi Drag cars with auto trans (R023 and W023) packages. You learn something everyday!
     
  2. Beentherebefore

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    Better than the standard shift pattern but I still prefer the pushbuttons. No danger of ever missing a detent with them while you are trying for a good ET.
     
  3. Fast Eddie

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    KurtBusch-ProStock.jpg billly_the_kid_colt_Blue.jpg . headProStockAvenger.jpg
    Here are a couple of shots of Kurt Busch's car when he ran a Pro-Stock just for grins. And a shot of the "Billy the Kid" Colt after its days as a Pro_Stock car and running as an Altered car.
     
  4. Mike V.

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    Kurt did do a good job in that car.

    Mike
     
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    Those Hemi-Colts were hairy beasts to drive. I don't ever recall seeing one launch straight in the few years that they were run before the current standard wb rules went into effect for P/S circa 1981.

    Here are a couple of shots (shared from Pinterest) of Hemi Colts raced by some of the more renown Mopar teams.

    Yankee Peddler Hemi Colt.jpg


    Hemi Colts.jpg
     
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    If you preferred a Plymouth over a Dodge, you could drive a Hemi-Arrow which shared a lot of components with the Colts. Here is a shot of the tribute replica Hemi Arrow of Mopar stalwart John Hagen (shared from the NHRA Facebook page). Greg Anderson was the crew chief for awhile. The Arrows were just as tricky to drive and, unfortunately, John Hagen was killed driving the original version of this car.

    John Hagen's Hemi-Arrow.jpg
     
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    Before John Hagen drove the Hemi-Arrow in Pro Stock, he raced some nice looking 'Cudas in the class. Here is a shot of his '70 model...........

    John Hagan's '70 'Cuda P-s.jpg


    ..............and the '71 model;


    John Hagen's '71 'Cuda P-S.jpg

    (Photos shared from the HAMB board)
     
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    Pro Stockas from the 2016 Race Expo.jpg
    Photo from the 2016 Race Expo................Nostalgic Pro Stock section
     
  9. Beentherebefore

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    Ed, did they give you a sufficient supply of paper clips ? [​IMG]


    plymouthstreethemiad1966.jpg

    Plymouth street Hemi add circa 1966.
     
  10. Fast Eddie

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    That was done in Room 30 in Building 136 at the old Engineering Center in Highland Park, Michigan. All engines built in the Motor Room were leak checked and balanced before going in cars for testing.
     
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    Some more shots of Mopars from the early NHRA Pro Stock years (shared from the HAMB board)....................

    Here is "Billy the Kid" Stepp's PS Challenger driven by Stu McDade;

    Billy the Kid's PS Challenger.jpg

    A few years later, Stepp's PSer had evolved to this (notice the Dodge sponsorship on the rear fender now replaced by "Independent")..................


    Billy the Kid's PS Duster.jpg

    "Akron Arlen" Vanke's PS Duster. Notice familiar sponsor on rear fender.............


    Arlen Vanke's PS Duster.jpg
     
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    A West Coast favorite - Bill Bagshaw and his "Red Light Bandit" Mopar Pro Stocker.

    Track Handout from OCIR...........

    Bill Bagshaw's PS @ Orange County.jpg




    Bill Bagshaw ad.jpg

    Racing at the U.S. Nationals @ Indy (shared from the HAMB board)

    Bill Bagshaw's P-S @ Indy.jpg
     
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    You used to see some weird stuff in the early days of Funny Car racing..........................

    Flying Dutchman Funny Car ad.jpg


    Flying Dutchman wierd Charger III F-C.jpg
     
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    Wow....I never saw that one before...or heard of a Charger III, LOOKS LIKE IT STARTED LIFE AS A CORVETTE?
     
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    Hadn't thought of that. Al Van Der Woude (aka The Flying Dutchman") had a long string of Mopars back in the 60s and was Mopar through and through but he could have filched a Corvette body somewhere to base his creation on.
     
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    Ad for what Jim Schild, in his book "Maximum Performance", described as the "biggest single day of drag racing up to that time", the 1965 Super Stock & DI Magazine Nationals (a non-NHRA sanctioned event) held @ York U.S. 30 dragstrip. Over 21,000 spectators paid to come through the gates and countless others stormed the fences to get in to see the virtual Who's-who of doorslammer racing.

    1965 SS Nationals ad from York US 30 dragstrip.jpg

    Among the Mopar drivers contending were Dick Landy (pictured), Butch Leal, Al Eckstrand (Ramchargers), Bobby Harrop, Bud Faubel, Ronnie Sox, Dave Strickler, Lee Smith, Bill Jenkins, the "Melrose Missile",Gary Dyer (Grand Spaulding" Dodge), Arlen Vanke, Jack Werst, and Dave Koffel. There were multiple classes running from Unlimited Stock (no weight or c.i. restrictions, any induction system and any fuel "as long as it could be poured") down to legit 3,400 # Super Stockers. By 3AM they still hadn't run the finals in most of the classes and it was decided to split the purse between the remaining cars and call it a night. Almost all of them were Mopars.
     
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    Charger III.jpg

    Not a Vette....it was a replica of a concept car, according to the internet...and is still out there somewhere in the Midwest supposedly.
     
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    Another pretty potent Mopar from the early Pro Stock years - John Livingston's "Tennessee Thunder" car;

    John Livingston's Pro-Stocker.jpg

    Photo shared from the HAMB board.
     
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    I had posted some stuff about the Tritak/Morgan team back on P11 of this thread but couldn't remember much detail.

    I know that I had this "Super Stock" magazine article in 1969 but it is long lost. Somebody just put it up for sale on e-Bay so here are some of the details that I couldn't remember..........

    Trnitak & Morgan SS mag article.jpg
     
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    Austin Coil before he became famous for crew-chiefing the "Chi Town Hustler" and the John Force racing team.

    Austin Coil's Mopar doorslammer.jpg
    (shared from Pinterest)
     

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