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Slingshot Shutdown - DR-28
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Retrospect: Drag Racing History
Jim Bucher's ZL-1 Chevy
Top Fuel Dragster - DRH-2
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Slicks - A Drag Racing Still-Life
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Don Garlits' Swamp Rat XXX
DR-2 - Here's the story...
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Don Garlits SR-1 Dragster
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Big Daddy Line Portrait - DR-13
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Don Garlits SR-1 Dragster (front)
DR-26 - Here's the story...



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DR-27
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Don Garlits' 1964 "Wyyns Jammer"
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Sneaky Pete Robinson's Dragster
DR-16 - Here's the story...
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Clayton Harris' Top Fuel Dragster (rear)
DR-9 - Here's the story...



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DR-10
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Eddie Hill's 1961 Pontiac Dragster
DR-11 - Here's the story...



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DR-23 - Here's the story...
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Jim Butcher's ZL-1 Chevy-Powered NHRA National Record Holder Top Fuel Dragster - In 1973 Jim Bucher set the Top Fuel class on it's ear with his Chevrolet-powered Top Fueler. The all-aluminum ZL-1 big-block Chevrolet had a serious weight advantage over the cast iron Chrysler Hemis. The car set the NHRA national e.t. record at the ‘73 Gatornationals, with a 6.09, and scored a Top Fuel win at the ’74 Summernationals. - KST


John Peters' Twin Chevy Engine "Freight Train" AA/Gas Dragster - By the late ‘60s Top Fuel dragsters had become stout, ground-hugging, hunky kings of drag racing. Unfortunately, as cars became more and more stressed to the max, the danger level went through the roof. Dragsters have had many nick names, such as - diggers, rails, rail jobs, slingshots, and eventually grenades!

If you think about it, is it crazy for someone to put on a metallic fire suit, helmet, goggles, and gloves, and strap themselves into a tiny seat with a 4,000 horsepower, supercharged engine that could explode at any point one the race track? YOU BET IT IS!!! But hey, that’s DRAG RACING!!! - KST

SMOKIN!!! - By the late ‘60s Top Fuel dragsters had become stout, ground-hugging, hunky kings of drag racing. Unfortunately, as cars became more and more stressed to the max, the danger level went through the roof. Dragsters have had many nick names, such as - diggers, rails, rail jobs, slingshots, and eventually grenades!

If you think about it, is it crazy for someone to put on a metallic fire suit, helmet, goggles, and gloves, and strap themselves into a tiny seat with a 4,000 horsepower, supercharged engine that could explode at any point one the race track? YOU BET IT IS!!! But hey, that’s DRAG RACING!!! - KST


Don Garlits' Swamp Rat XXX - Top Fuel drag racer Eddie Hill started a trend that lasted a few years and resulted in several of the most unusual crashes in all of drag racing... the infamous “blow-overs.” Hill, a mechanical engineer took a minimalist view on what was needed to the front end of a dragster. Hill started using small diameter front tires and was the first to run into the 4’s with a 4.99. Everyone noticed and started using tiny front tires.

The next step was to create an aerodynamic faring to cover the small front tires. Several designs were used, this being Garlits’ version of cutting edge streamlining. The design worked fine, until.... just the right amount of air got up under the faring causing the front end to begin to lift up. VERY quickly, the car was at 45-degrees and in Eddie Hill’s case, the car simply BLEW OVER in a crash that stunned even seasoned racers.

At the ‘87 Summer Nationals, Big Daddy’s car stood STRAIGHT UP, did a gentle 180-degree spin on the rear slicks, and flopped down, RIGHT-SIDE UP, AND POINTING BACK AT THE STARTING LINE. Garlits DROVE THE CAR back to the starting line to a thunderous applause! He was obviously disqualified, but EVERYONE was talking about Big Daddy’s wheel stand-up!
- KST


Don Garlits' 1964 Wynns Jammer" AA/Fuel Dragster - At the 1964 Nationals, Don Garlits, in his Dodge powered “Wynns Jammer” took the Top Fuel Eliminator win and set low e.t. of the event in a final run effort of 7.67 @198.22 m.p.h.! Althought the car looks amazingly short by today’s standards, Garlits’ car was state-of-the-art for 1964.

Hot Rod Magazine ran a cover story with a headline that said, “Big Daddy’s 200 MPH Speed Secrets.” Inside there was an impressive photo showing the car completely unassembled, with all the parts neatly laid out. The story was full of technical details and information that certainly seemed to be “giving the farm away.” Ah, but putting it all together and making it run was all safely inside Big Daddy’s head.
. - KST


Big Daddy Don Garlits Line Portrait - Big Daddy Don Garlits has the distinction and honor of having his 1987 Swamp Rat XXX on permanent loan to the Smithsonian Institute! The Smithsonian is also the home of Lindbergh Spirit of St. Louis, and the first manned space capsule.

The story has it that the night before the car was to be donated to the Smithsonian, and after all the fan-fair had gone away, Garlits and his crew fired up the Swamp Rat and let it RAP-RAP-RAP-RAP a little in the October Washington evening. The Regans must have wondered what was all the racket was about! - KST


Don Garlits SR-1 Top Fuel Dragster - Though Garlits Swamp Rat 1-R was by no means the first rear-engine dragster, his was the first one that “worked.” While recuperating from a horrific crash in 1970, Garlits couldn’t get it out of his head that there must be a way of making a rear-engine dragster go straight. Many had tried before, and nearly all had crashed or were so hard to drive that they were never raced again.

When his friends found out that Garlits was actually building a rear engine car, they all thought that Big Daddy had REALLY lost it. And like previous rear-engine dragsters, his was very hard to drive. He actually called it, “The Evil Little Witch!” But somehow, Don had the insight that maybe the steering gear was too fast, causing the car to over-steer at high speed. Garlits changed the steering gear to a slower ratio and the car drove arrow straight!

When Garlits took the car to its first race, the track owners had him pit all the way at the end of the pits so that no one would notice his folly. But after his first run and eventual win, EVERYONE switched to the rear-engine layout. Once again, “Big Daddy” made drag racing history.
- KST


Jim Butcher's ZL-1 Big-Block Chevy Top Fuel Dragster - In 1972 Jim Bucher set the Top Fuel class on it's ear with his Chevrolet-powered Top Fueler. The all-aluminum ZL-1 big-block Chevrolet had a serious weight advantage over the cast iron Chrysler Hemis. The all-aluminum big-block Chevy took the NHRA Top Fuel et record with a 6.09 run at the '73 Gatornationals. A year and a half later, at the '74 Summernationals, Butcher's lightweight Chevy won Top Fuel!

ZL-1 Chevys totally dominated Can-Am racing from '69 to '74 with the McLaren Can-Am cars and many a Pro Stock Chevy used the all-aluminum engine. But Butcher's Top Fuel success was arguably the most unusual racing application of Chevy's aluminum engine. This was Chevrolet's last, brief shining moment in Top Fuel racing. It had been years since a Chevrolet-powered Top Fuel dragster held the NHRA National Record or took a majon national event win in Top Fuel. - KST


SLICKS - A Drag Racing Still-Life - One day at Atco Raceway I happened upon two slicks off to one side of a funny car. Obviously, someone had just put them there while working on their car, but the arrangement was perfect. Were it not for advanced tire compounds, drag racers would still be smoking the tires all the way down the track the way they did in the ‘50s and early ‘60s.

I just thought it was an ironic visual that here sits two parts of a racing machine that are so responsible for so much speed. - KST


Clayton Harris' Top Fuel Dragster - Clayton Harris began his racing career in 1959 with a blown Top Gas dragster, which he use to win the 1966 NHRA Division 2 Top Gas championship.

Harris moved to nitro in 1968 with a Chevy-powered dragster, followed three years later with Jack McKay and his New Dimension homes-sponsored dragster, which put him on to the national scene. Harris had a stellar season in 1972, he was the first to record four-consecutive 6.20 elapsed times and was low qualifier at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, which earned him a runner-up at the NHRA World Finals and captured the NHRA Eastern Conference Top Fuel championship.

Clayton left the drivers seat of the New Dimension car in ‘73 to operate independently and again he won the NHRA Eastern Conference championship along with his only NHRA national event win, the Summernationals.

During the 70s, Harris went on to win four IHRA national events, the 1976 U.S. Open Nationals, Rockingham, N.C., the 1977 Fall Nationals at Atco, N.J., the 1978 Winter Nationals at Darlington, S.C., and Dixie Nationals, in Atlanta, Ga., which culminated in the 1978 IHRA Top Fuel World Championship.

In the late ‘90s Clayton joined with Paul Romine in the CARQUEST Auto Parts sponsored Top Fueler. The team had what it took and won the 1997 and 1998 IHRA Top Fuel Championships. Harris has had a long reputation for being not only a outstanding Top Fuel mechanic, but a real southern gentleman.
This illustration was originally used in the IHRA magazine, "Drag Review" as part of the "Look'in Back" series in the early '90s. - KST


Eddie Hill's 1961 Pontiac-Powered Dragster - Eddie Hill used his mechanical engineering skills to build this Pontiac-powered C/Class Dragster in 1961. Long before Eddie was first in the 4s, he was tearing up track all across the South with this Pontiac-powered dragster. Eddie would later go on to race Top Fuel drag boats! - KST


Eddie Hill's Twin Dragon Dragster - The multi-engine craze was in full swing in the early '60s. What was so unique about Hill's "Twin Dragon" was that Eddie actually designed and made his own aluminum castings that held this unique machine together. As a graduate of Texas Engineering, making castings was more like a school homework project.

Also, note the dual slicks. Shouldn't a dual-engine dragster have dual slicks? Eddie wasn't the only racer to try this combo. But considering the limited traction of racing slicks in the early '60s, it's surprising more racers didn't do this. - KST


Lonnie Butts' A/Comp Chrysler Dragster - There were a lot of people that knew Lonnie Butts, an old drag racer from the sixties. Lonnie Butts was a classic Southern California, early '60 racer. People that knew Lonnie would agree that a nicer man would be hard to find. If there was someone that needed help at the track, Lonnie was there for them and that is what people will probably remember most about him.

Consider his 1962 A/Comp, supercharged Chrysler Hemi-powered dragster. Note that while his et was only 10.70, his top speed was 141.73mph. That indicates that the supercharged Hemi was making plenty of power but it was probably going up in smoke due to slicks that weren't much more than street tires without any tread. Drag racing has always been about chasing after an "edge" that can come from anywhere from the hood scoop to slicks and wheelie bars. - KST


Sneaky Pete Robinson - Pete Robinson was one of a handful of guys who approached drag racing from a mechanical engineering background. Like Eddie Hill and Bill Jenkins, Pete’s engineering approach to drag racing often put him at the head of the pack. His fanaticism for light weight is well known.

Pete built his own magnesium blowers, Chevy center sections, steering gear housings, scattershields and light weight front dragster wheels. He used true airfoils on the front of his car when many competitors were using a flat plate for down force. His experiment with a jack starting setup to drop his already spinning tires down onto the pavement for better stability and less clutch wear got him into some NHRA hot water. After staging his car, no one noticed that the back end lifted up off the ground and the tires start spinning and growing until they were smoking while the car was standing still!. The line starter and the track announcer freaked! When the started finally hit the green button Pete’s dragster was GONE!

NHRA’s Jack Hart told Pete to lose the jacks - forever - or hit the road!

Another of Pete’s interesting experiments was the so-called vacuum cleaner. This device, invented by an aircraft engineer named Richard Boyles, pulled air from underneath the car using the supercharger, sucking the car down to the pavement for increased traction. Texas road racer Jim Hall applied a similar idea to his Chaparral 2J racer. Pete also apparently invented the remote starter, now mandated for use in all professional fuel categories. Pete was always trying something.

Tragically, drag racing lost one hell of an innovative, creative mind there on the guardrails at Pomona in '71. Pete’s 427 SOHC Ford-powered Top Fuel dragster now resides in Don Garlits' Drag Racing Museum. The "Sneaky Pete" nick name came from Pete's nonstop search for an edge that he could sneak past the competition.. - KST


Don Prudhomme's Wedge Streamliner Dragster - Drag racers have always looked for some kind of edge for racing the 1320. Streamlining and aerodynamic tricks have come and gone. The problem with most designs is that they add too much weight to a car that only races for 6 seconds or less.

Thanks for “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, by the end of 1971 all top fuel dragsters had their engines located behind the driver. Dragster builder and designer Frank Nye came up with an interesting concept for streamlining the airflow over the rear slicks while adding extra downforce to the rear slicks. It was an interesting approach, but added too much weight to the car. But you gotta hand it to him for trying. - KST


John Peters' Freight Train Twin-Engine Chevy Dragster - John Peters' "Freight Train" AA/Gas Dragster was a real crowd favorite. One might think that running a dragster with 2 engines would be double trouble. But not according to Peters. Both of the supercharged small-block Chevy engines were built such that neither engine was really stressed. There were many times when Peters ran the car in a final with "only " 15 cylinders! One or two cylinders could go down and the car still performed well. - KST

Top Fuel Blindness - Before tire compounds caught up with the horsepower racers were generating with their supercharged engines, it was standard fare for a dragster to smoke the tires almost all the way down the track. These weren’t “burnouts,” just tires without much traction.

Between looking around a supercharger and struggling to keep the car from going almost every way but straight, imagine trying to drive in the midst of a cloud of tire smoke. Hence, “TOP FUEL BLINDNESS!!!" - KST

Slingshot Shutdown - By 1970, front engine dragsters were stressed to the limit. High speed crashes and explosions made great magazine photos, but several excellent drivers were lost. So when “Big Daddy” Don Garlits proved that a rear engine dragster would work and provide much more safety for the drivers, teams flocked to the new design.

Thirty-plus years later front engine fuelers are making something of a comeback in the form of “Cracklefest” shows. The cars look almost identical to the original rails with only a few new safety requirements. The cars are limited to 1/8-mile blasts, but smoky burnouts, dry-hops, and lots of flames are all a standard part of the show.

There’s NOTHING quite like the front view look of a blown Hemi-powered dragster coming STRAIGHT AT YOU! - KST


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