Drag Racing Funny Cars

Factory Flyers to Flip-top Fuelers

Author: Lou Hart

Publisher: Enthusiast Books

ISBN: 9781583882207

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 160

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Since the early 1960s, dealer-sponsored Super Stockers battled for supremacy on the quarter-mile and in the dealer showrooms. Evolving into the Factory Experimental class, these wild steel bodied, altered–wheelbase monsters were stuffed with massive fuel injected and supercharged engines that attracted crowds to the dragstrip! Legendary pioneers “Dyno” Don Nicholson, Jack Chrisman, Bill Shrewsberry, Butch Leal, Dick Landy, Arnie Beswick, Phil Bonner, Gas Ronda, Don Gay, Sox & Martin, Richard Petty, and many other A/FX stars were instrumental in the development of the funny car as it morphed from a heavy production car into seven-second 250mph aerodynamic fiberglass, tubular chassis missile. The popularity of funny cars led “Jungle Jim” Lieberman, Bill Lawton, Lew Arrington, Bill Flynn, Norm Kraus, and “Big” John Mazmanian to become household names. Tom ”Mongoose” McEwen, Don “Snake” Prudhomme, Tom Hoover, Kenny Safford, Terry Capp, John Force, Kenny Bernstein, Jake Johnston, Larry Reyes, Richard Tharp, Roland Leong, Randy Walls, Jess Tyree, Rich Siroonian and others who achieved success racing funny cars are all featured in over 300 incredible color and black and white photos.

Drag Racing Funny Cars of the 1970s

Photo Archive

Author: Louis Hart,Wallace A Wyss

Publisher: Enthusiast Books

ISBN: 9781583880685

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

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See the cars raced by many of the legendary names in drag racing, including Don Prudhomme, Tom McEuen and Jim Dunn. The authors include action shots, as well as clear, detailed "in the pits under-the-shell" shots. Photographs show various makes and models of cars that have been reconstructed as funny cars, plus everything from stock to modified Camaros, Mustangs, Javelins, Dodge Chargers, and Firebirds, to oddball exhibition cars like the "backwards pickup."

Hottest Dragsters and Funny Cars

Author: Jim Gigliotti

Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 9780766028708

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 47

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"Learn about drag racing, funny cars, and experience what it feels like to spend the day at a drag race"--Provided by publisher.

Funny Car Dragsters

Author: Tyrone Georgiou

Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP

ISBN: 143394698X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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Learn about how fast funny cars can go and why they are funny.

Funny Car Fever

Author: Steve Reyes

Publisher: Cartech Incorporated

ISBN: 9781932494433

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 191

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There wasn’t always a class for these “funny-looking” cars. In the mid 1960s, many of drag racing’s fastest drivers were outgrowing the Super Stock and Factory Experimental classes, building cars that stretched and eventually broke the rules. Promoters discovered they could pair up these altered-wheelbase, injected, blown machines in exhibition match races—and the spectators came running. Rivalries were born, the Funny Car class was created, and the cars kept getting faster and faster. Funny Car Fever is a humorous, heart-felt, first-hand account of the most exciting and memorable years of the Funny Car class. Steve Reyes followed these fiberglass-bodied, nitro burning machines and their drivers from the years leading up to the creation of the Funny Car class through its halcyon days. He’s included over 350 of his favorite images and more than a few never-before-heard stories to bring the feeling of the class and the era home to you.

1001 Drag Racing Facts

The Golden Age of Top Fuel, Funny Cars, Door Slammers & More

Author: Doug Boyce

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613251912

Category: Transportation

Page: 416

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Spanning the 1950s through the 1970s, 1001 Drag Racing Facts is packed with well-researched drag racing facts that even some of the most hard-core drag racing fans might be surprised to learn. Covered are all the popular classes of racing of the era, including Top Fuelers, Funny Cars, Pro Stocks, Eliminators such as Gassers and Altereds, Stocks, Super Stocks, and more. There is even a chapter on racetrack facts! Fans of these legendary cars will appreciate the technical and entertaining information shared on every page about all of the great cars, teams, drivers, and classes. Author Doug Boyce is well known for his encyclopedia-like knowledge of drag racing facts. The detail in his previous books, such as Grumpy’s Toys, Junior Stock and Drag Racing's Quarter Mile Warriors: Then and Now, proves he is up to the task of sharing everything you never knew about drag racing in the golden era. Whether you’re an avid fan of nostalgia drags, a trivia buff who wants to stump friends, or simply a fan of the big and powerful drag cars of the 1950s through the 1970s, this book is an informative and entertaining collection of facts from one of the industry’s most respected sources

Into the Forest

Author: Jean Hegland

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 9780307573568

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home. Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society's fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other. Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale, Into the Forest is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking novel of hope and despair set in a frighteningly plausible near-future America. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Jet-powered Funny Cars

Author: Jesse Young

Publisher: Edge Books

ISBN: 9781560652205

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 47

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Describes jet-powered drag-racing cars that use nitromethane as fuel, and discusses their origin, the work of the racer and builder Roger Gustin, afterburners, and how the cars work

John Force

The Straight Story of Drag Racing's 300-mph Superstar

Author: Erik Arneson

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760335666

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 176

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The stars of the drag race circuit may be 6,000-horsepower nitro-burning drags cars, but the 300-miles-per-hour superstar of the sport is funny car racer John Force. John’s popularity is about more than his career record. His honest and consistently outrageous demeanor have endeared him to the fans, made him a favorite with Jay Leno and FOX’s “The Best Damn Sports Show,” and has led him to be dubbed the "best interview in sports today." Force has been the face (and mouth) of drag racing for the past decade, and he shows no signs of slowing down, on or off the track. This revised and updated photo biography by veteran race reporter Erik Arneson covers the rags-to-riches story of Force’s rise from a penniless racer to a multi-team effort that includes his high-profile daughter Ashley (the 2004 Driver of the Year and Rookie of the Year). Force’s is the story of a career built on sheer will and determination--the tale of a racer who, with unstoppable drive, guts, and savvy, overcame lousy equipment and little backing to become the best.

Funny Cars

Author: Susan Creighton

Publisher: Silver Burdett Press

ISBN: 9780896863620

Category: Drag racing

Page: 47

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Describes the sport of funny car racing, an event in drag racing competition, including its history, types of funny cars, the drag strip, and famous drivers.

Smokin' Dragsters and Funny Cars

Author: Jim Gigliotti

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 162285070X

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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This fun volume explores the personalities, the history, and the crazy cars associated with the wild world of drag racing. Readers get a look into the different types of drag racing, and a "day at the races" for an exciting you-are-there feeling.

Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors

Then & Now

Author: Doug Boyce

Publisher: CarTech Inc

ISBN: 1613251335

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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The true beginnings of racing is an argument never really settled. One could argue that as soon as the second car was manufactured, a contest of speed ensued against the first. While the roots of modern drag racing goes back to the dry lakes of California in the 30s, drag racing became a sanctioned affair in the early 50s with the forming of the National Hot Rod Association. In the 60 years that have followed the first NHRA sanctioned race in 1953, the changes in technology have been astounding, as well as the categories and classes in which racers have competed. And of all of the eras, the golden era of the late 50s through the early 70s is the clear fan favorite. Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors: Then & Now takes a unique look at the most memorable, interesting, and successful cars from this golden age of drag racing. Chronicled are Diggers and Rail dragsters, Funny Cars, wild Altereds, door slammers like Super and Junior Stock cars, early 70s Pro Stock cars and more. Vintage and modern photography in a unique "then and now" format cover the cars as they first competed, through their evolution (or inactivity) over the years, and how they look today. Cars driven by legends such as Mickey Thompson, Tommy Ivo, Dick Landy, Grumpy Jenkins, Sox & Martin, Don Nicholson, Bob Glidden, and more are featured in evolutionary detail. Never before has a book covered the cars from the golden age of drag racing and combined it with a modern look at where the cars are today. From full restorations to still competing in nostalgia events, from museum pieces to collecting dust in a dark corner waiting for another day in the sun, Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors: Then & Now gives you a unique look at how these cars have fared over time. No drag racing library is complete without it.

American Drag Racing

Author: Robert Genat

Publisher: Motorbooks

ISBN: 9780760308714

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 156

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Top fuelers, funny cars, super stocks, pro stocks and fuel altereds star in this look back at the evolution of drag racing from 1955 to present. Modern color photos are accompanied by the stories of those who drove the cars at dragstrips across America.

Drag Racing Fuel Altereds Photo Archive

From Flatheads to Outlaws

Author: Lou Hart

Publisher: Enthusiast Books

ISBN: 9781583881835

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

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The Fuel Altered, one of the most brutal and exciting cars that ever covered the quarter mile, consisted of a wheelbase average less than 100 inches that was fitted with a blown-supercharged 1500-horsepower engine running on Nitro! With a low center of gravity, the Altered was often compared to a 4,000-pound raging bull, as the driver had all he could handle keeping these beasts on the track! From flatheads to Nitro-burning monsters, see daredevils Mooneyham & Sharp, Gabby Bleeker, John Forska, Willie Borsch, Dale Emery, Leon Fitzgerald, "Big" Glenn Way, Don Green, Sush Matsubara, Leroy Chadderton, and many more blaze the quarter mile to standing-room-only crowds!

Funny car racing for beginners

Author: I. G. Edmonds

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co

ISBN: 9780030590474

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 211

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Describes funny car racing, how it began, and the types of cars used. Also includes vignettes about top drivers, an interview with the current record breaker, and information on how a beginner can break into the field.

Burnout!

Funny car races

Author: Jay Denan

Publisher: Troll Communications Llc

ISBN: 9780893752569

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Describes those supercharged dragsters known as "funny cars" that have become a popular addition to drag racing.

Drag Racing Funny Cars of the 1960's Photo Archive

From Super Stockers to Floppers

Author: Lou Hart

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781583880975

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 126

View: 4718

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In the 1960s funny cars captured the fans with tremendous smoky burnouts and gigantic wheelstands, they were so unpredictable that you never knew what to expect--they might go straight or end up glancing off the guard rail. It was an era of development, of success and of failure. Many raced for Saturday night bragging rights, but many raced for a living--today they are legends of the sport, several of which have contributed information to this book.

Drag Racing's Exhibition Attractions

From Rockets to Ramp-Jumps

Author: Lou Hart,Cory Lee

Publisher: Enthusiast Books

ISBN: 9781583882085

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

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This book showcases photographically the wide variety of cars and drivers that fit into the exhibition theme: the jets, wheelstanders, rockets and other exhibition vehicles which have thrilled millions of spectators. Their entire basis was who had the fastest vehicle. But in 1959 complaints from other competitors and Detroit automakers got all aircraft-powered dragsters banned, so they became the sideshow attached to the legitimate circus that is drag racing. The Green Monster became the first exhibition car exceeding 200 mph everywhere it ran. Wanting even more, Walt Arfons debuted the first jet-powered dragster which became the desire of every fan and promoter throughout the country. At virtually the same instant, Tom Ivo had Kent Fuller build a four-engine dragster and although it was too heavy to be competitive, the tire-smoke show became arguably the most famous exhibition car in history. See Bill “Maverick” Golden and the Little Red Wagon, “Wild Bill” Shrewsberry’s and the Hurst Hemi Under Glass, LA Dart and Knott’s Berry Wagon, Chuck Poole and his Chuckwagon, Doug Rose and The Green Mamba, plus many more.