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I'll open with a couple of chute shots of Chuck Flores. The top shot is from the 1969 March Meet and the bottom was taken at his home track, Fremont.

 

 

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No ID on this chute shot from OCIR circa 1970. My guess is Carl Olson.

 

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In a futile attempt to avoid building a rear-engine car, my late friend Gary Cochran installed this "trick" two stage wing to his SPE beauty.  Keeping in mind this was late 1972 you can guess what happened next.  Never ran the wing and ordered a new hot rod shortly thereafter.

 

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In 1970 Top Gas standout Gordon Collett felt he had to jump into the twin engine deal as seen here at Columbus. He simply added pipe to the center of his 1969 car, body be damned, and jumped into the pool. Sadly the class was erased by NHRA in 1972. Historians will forever debate if the twin engine concept was a winning advantage or not. The likes of Bill Schultz and John Peters can make an argument for both. Personally I loved the class and as a fan of sheer horsepower, I thought the twins were awesome.

 

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An argument for a boat load of whale motors was the Frakes & Funk car in 1970.

 

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I've wanted to do a page with nothing but the incredible cowl art from the 60's but never did and due to age, probably never will. This shot of Don Cook's Southwind and the Frakes & Funk car are classic examples.

 

 

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Love this night shot of Walt Stevens in the McCloud Bros. "The Poachers" at OCIR in 1970. Jack McCloud looking over the engine in the waterbox.

 

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