in the Cerny-Manke-Lins at Indy in 1969.
comin' at ya
strapping Steve Carbone in on the rollers at Lions.
Top Gas at Indy circa 1969.
with Wayne King in the seat. Shot from the tower roof at OCIR
at Fremont circa 1965.
- "Der Weinerschnitzel"
in Gene Adams "Double Eagle" AA/FD at Lions in 1970.
The car is the "Texas Shark Car", owned by Don Neal
and raced by the Dallas Texas "Whiz Kids", at the NHRA
division 4 regional race at Victoria, Texas, in 1966, at which
they won Top Fuel that day. They were the Division 4 NHRA champions
in Top Fuel in 1966, and the number 2 car in the nation behind
Beebe and Mulligan of Div 7. They had the most NHRA points of
all the Fuel dragsters in the country at the end of 1966. Their
total points were the second best in the country. The driver
was the "Texas Jimmy Nix". Not to be confused with
the "Oklahoma Jimmy Nix". You should have seen those
two guys when they got together to drink beer and shoot pool.
They could not believe that there were two guys with the same
name that both drove Top Fuel Dragsters. Lots of "FUN".
This car was
a Kent Fuller chassis, one of several that Kent constructed for
other groups as well as this car. To the best of my knowledge
there were 3 or 4 Shark cars built, all racing during the 1964-1967
Here are two
additional pictures of the Texas Shark car. The first is the
early paint job, "Purple" , used until mid 1966, and
the second is the "Yellow", used until the end of the
year 1966, when the car was sold and the "Whiz Kids",
disbanded and moved on with life.
Sorokin in the fables Surfers car at Pomona in 1966.
Jim Dunn in his
"Green Mountain Boys" (Woody Trick Car II) at Lions
in 1967. This was one of just two 1967 Woody (RCE) "trick
cars" so named for the unconventional front suspension.
The first car built as a RCS factory car. The first driver is
Then Gene Adams
put his motor in the car and John Mulligan drove it for a bit.
Then the car went back to Woody. In the meantime Tommy Allen
had allot of miles on his RCS car and it is suggested by Mulligan
that he go buy a Woody car.
Tommy goes up
to RCS and comes back with the Trick Car and runs it for a bit
then he bought it from Woody. Then Tommy gets drafted in '67
and Larry Huff and Marlene, Tommy's wife sell the car to Tom
McEwen. Tom runs it for a while then it gets sold to the Anderson
Brothers in Texas and a young up and comer, somebody by the name
of Kenny Bernstein drives it. Then the Anderson Brothers sell
the car to a local guy and the local guy crashes and is killed
at a local track.
The second car
is the one that Jim Dunn drove (pictured above). It was green
and had a nose. Jim wasn't happy with the front end and took
it off and put on a conventional front end. From there that car
went up north and was eventually crashed as well. The front end
of the second car rests on the ceiling of Tom Wilford's garage.
Bros. - Beach Boys" AA/FD (Dwight Salisbury up) at Irwindale
Rupert in the Eagle Electric fueler at Pomona in 1966.
in the hard charging Shubert in the Shubert & Herbert small
block Chevy fueler at Lions in 1965.
from the tower at OCIR.
Don Long chassied,
Tom Hanna bodied car of Gordon Jenner from Calgary at Lions in
in his very long and ill fated Winnscharger at Indy in 1970.
Leong and his driver, Mike Snively celebrate winning the 1967
Walther in his slick A/FD in 1970.
in in first Ford cammer car at Indy in 1968.
launch at Irwindale circa 1966.
in the Igge & Sassa "Sons of the Rising Sun" Jr.
Fueler at Lions in 1968.
Ivo didn't save much of this mess at Indy in 1968.
Warren at OCIR in 1969.
in the Johnson & McEwen "candy stripe car" at Indy
John" Wiebe in his last FED in 1971.
car of Alan Pinho and Roger Pellor at Lions.
Larry Faust with
the "Jungle 3" (Mooneyham-Jackson-Faust) AA/FD at Bakersfield
Mike Kuhl's fueler
at Lions in 1970. Not sure who's driving as Kuhl had several
during this time period. One thing for sure, its not Olson.
Larkin blazes the hides at OCIR in 1968.
Sons and Press Bailey Jr. Fuel car (George Boltoff's old AA/GD
car). Al Freeman Sr. behind car Al Freeman Jr. Driving at Lions
in the Allen Family "Praying Mantis" at Lions in 1970.
Lions circa 1968
at Lions but the flower is a dead giveaway for a year - 1967.
After Herb Reis
and and Steve Porter split up in the middle of 1963, Porter partnered
with a friend named Tom Chambers. This car was the result of
the new partnership. It ran an Oldsmobile in 1964, and a Chrysler
in 1965. In 1966 Porter bought out Chambers, and this car was
run with Bill Adair with a Chrysler at that time. Porter was
always the driver of the car. The photo was probably taken at
Lions in January 1964.
& Guedel Autmotive Specialties at OCIR. Very low driver position.
for the Masters & Richter Fuller car.
- new car - new helmet.
The short lived
Mr. Ed (Ed Willis) AA/FD at OCIR. Willis was better know for
his hard charging Blown Fuel Hydro drag boats. He also made funny
car bodies and fiberglass dragster trailers.
but a great shot from Lions circa 1966.
in the Northwind at Bakersfield in 1965.