1. "After the third flip,
I lost control............"
Don Roberts after crashing in the Jade Grenade at New England
Dragway in 1975.
2. "Everything was fine until I left and then I ran out
Don Garlits after a red light in the final
3. "Alcohol is for drinking,
gas is for cleaning parts, and nitro is for racing!"
original author unknown, used by Gene Adams and Don Garlits among
4. "We worked 80 hour weeks for 30 years to keep from
having to get a real job." "T.C". Tom Lemon's
comment on the rigors of being a drag racing touring professional
in the 'Golden Years' of drag racing.
5. "Women in the truck
is bad luck."
Ed Donavan used to tell John Wiebe because if John had a lady
friend along, then there wasn't room for Ed in the pickup!
6. " Nope it wasn't helping
me one bit and I didn't want to loose any teeth on it when it
drove me into the wall, so I got rid of it."
From an old time northeast modified racer when asked after a
crash if the steering wheel broke off on his ill handling race
car after it comes flying out the window just before impact -
courtesy of Jeff Howe
7. Q "Dad, why did you
redlight?" A "Because the light was too slow."
Mike Dunn question to his father, Big Jim Dunn in 'Funny Car
8. "Not bad for a coupe...."
Don Garlits after watching the first Funny Car in qualifying
made a pass, slightly quicker and faster than he had just run.
Courtesy Museum Dave Crain.
9. "You could unwrap a Fudgesicle at the first
light and never touch the brake lever till you threw away the
10. "See that helmet,
It will fit your head too MOTHER ****ER!"
Connie Kalitta to a strip owner with no lights at night after
the finish line and insisting that Connie make a full pass in
a match race. Courtesy of Roy Steffey.
11. "Driver of genuine
'Kill yourself Kits' .... Seeks employment."
Olin Davis on looking for a ride in the late 50's.
12. "Rear Engine Dragsters are just a fad and front motor
was the only way to go."
Floyd Head to Frank Huszar in 1971 when the old man tried to
talk Floyd into building a RED instead of a FED. Courtesy of
13. "Never let the truth
stand in the way of a good story."
Bones Carroll on the fine art of telling a story.
14. "Count to five and
Said to Don Ewald by Fred Smith after they replaced a broken
rod/piston with a counter weight on the crank to make a final
15. 'F--k the trophy,
give me the check."
Jerry Ruth after winning the 1972 Winternationals.
16. "It doesn't matter
what they say about you as long as they spell your name right."
Tom McEwen 1967
17. "There's no
such thing as bad ink."
Tom McEwen 1968
18. "I quit."
Don Prudhomme after the
final round at the 1969 US Nationals when Nicoll's car was cut
in half and passed in front of him.
"Clean up that ring land
and put the bitch back in...<g>.
"Don't tell me...let
me guess? It was a Kuhl cacklecar ... lol"
"Then there was seven...."
20. "We haven't given
up on these yet - there's some hope for a rear engine car."
(driver of the 1957 built rear-engined 92" w.b. Shoehorn)
21. "You never get out
of the trottle unless you see the timing tower."
Doger Glenn to Dale Thierer during Dale's
last qualifying run for his drivers license at Maple Grove Dragway
22. "It needs to reach
from the header flange to the end of the tube, or at least real
close to it ."
David Pace to Tom Barnhill when asked " How long should
the pipes on a set of zoomies be ?"
23. "It`s my car, I`ll
pick it up by the front axle and use it as a wheel barrow to
haul coal if I want to !"
A quote from Tommy Reese , owner and driver of the Brougher &
Reese AA/FD, Pittsburgh Pa. 1964 to 1971. Everyone in the pits
was always telling Tommy, " You ought to do this or you
ought to do that---Tommy would look them in the eye and say...
23. "I know that son-of-a-bitch
is cheatin! Cause, I'm cheatin and he beat me"!
Unknown from long ago.
24. "At Lions one night,
I was on a strong pass and about half track I saw a blower belt
go past me, then about 3/4 down track, I saw another blower belt
go by. Then as I pulled off the track I noticed I didn't have
any front tires either".
Retired Top Fuel driver Walt Stevens.
24. "Hell, If it was
easy anybody could do it and it wouldn't be called Racing!"
This is what I tell most
of the drivers who have had a bad run of luck or are paying their
dues to become true racers. Bruce Pedretti/TopWop Chowchilla
25. "When building engines
I have found the piston to ground clearence to be ever so critical."
26. "I didn't want my
Mom to know I was drag racing for 20 years so I told her I was
27. Discussing current racers
T.C. said, "(you fill in the name) is a sand wedge.
Steve Davis asked why and Tommy replied, In a golf bag,
the sand wedge is the farthest thing from a driver!
28. "I'm on a good one
an' first thing I see is ol' belt came off. It kept pullin' so
I stayed with it an' ol' belt came off again! When I got out,
both front tires were gone."
The late great John "The Zookeper"
29. "Racing top fuel
is for people who love work and hate money."
30. "Dont lift
unless you smell shit or hear glass break."
unknown (sounds like Doner)
32. A saint I aint
star I are".
33. "The bigger the splash....the
shorter the stay".
Jim Annin....talking about most high rollers who
get into (and out of) drag racing.
34. "How much does it
cost? How fast do you want to go!"
35: They can be a handful
it's like driving a piece of chain down a race
Day, talking about driving a nostalgia top fuel car:
36: Don't lift until
the fear of death over comes the fear of speed.
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