Those first steps of the funny car pioneers...from the early A/FX "let's slide the body back, they'll never notice it" years,
pretty much up to when the names changed from the "Blue Max"and such, to "Big Beer Company Here"!

I tell ya, the stuff flying in over the wires is amazing! Everything shows up from professional photographer stuff to kids with Instamatics...and you know, the quality of the photo really doesn't matter. It's the subject, and the time...we'll never get back to this magic time again, so we just may as well enjoy what we can see. It's all good.

We continue adding photos and info as they come in, and as we find it. Again, we're striving to identify as much about these photos as we can, such as the tracks, the drivers, the dates, the photographers, and any clever anecdotes about the particular racers. If you've got pictures and/or information, hey, don't be shy. Send it on over!

One thing we don't have, though, is photos for sale.
Most the photos on this site are unpublished, and are the copyrighted property of the individual photographers.

Check the Links page for photographers, and their contact information...

If there's something you don't see here, and you've got pictures of it, either scan 'em and send 'em in, or e-mail me and we'll work out something.

These pages are rather large, with lots of pictures, and it might load a little slow. Sorry.

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Don Kirby's shop

You bust 'em, we fix 'em. Don Kirby's shop. Ray Godman's "Tennessee Bo-Weevil" Looking like it's had a bad day, and the Pisano-Matsubaru Monza behind it.

Bob Plumer Photo Archives.

Kirby Camaro

Don Kirby's last Funny Car, later became a "Jungle" car.

Bob Plumer Photo Archives

Kirby Camaro

A front shot of Kirby's Camaro at the Beach City Chevrolet paint shop.

Bob Plumer Photo Archives

Boy, was I goofed up. John Powers and Denny Savage, Camaro AA/FC

Bob Thompson photo

Green Elephant

This photo is almost too new for this page. Jim Green's Green Elephant funny,
with Rob Bruins in the driver's seat.

Jefferson Dykes photo

Rat Trap satellite

Jim Adolph in the Don Green's Rat Trap Satellite at the 1973 March Meet in Bakersfield.

Don Gillespie photo

Rat Trap Mustang

The Rat Trap Mustang. On fire. Jim Adolph again, demonstrating why early 70's funnys were sometimes called "Shake and Bakes". Maybe these guys shoulda stuck with Fuel Altereds, huh?

John Shanks Photo © 1982

Joe Jacono

Joe Jacono in the Rolling Stoned 'Cuda.

Mark Hovsepian © 1998

Dick Stahl & Charlie Allen

The things you find in cars in junkyards...that's where this photo was found. Dick Loehr and Charlie Allen at OCIR, 1968

(Stahl, Loehr, it musta been that "h" that confused me, same place in both names...sorry)

Photographer long disappeared

Lew Arrington

Lew Arrington and a mystery guy. We almost know who he is, but it's just beyond the tip of our tongues.

And a big tip of the hat to Don Roberts, who has identified our "Mystery Guest" as Steve Bernd, otherwise known as "Okie", who crewed for many of the top funny car teams of the time (1971-1976).

Mark Hovsepian © 1998

Rapid Transit Cuda

Pete Hill and the Rapid Transit 'Cuda at New England Dragway.

Pete and Bill Hill ran various Mopar-bodied Funnys on the East Coast from the late 1960's until the mid 1970's. They never got much farther west than Indy, though, which accounts for this West Coast guy's ignorance. But search and ye shall find; according to Rodder and Super/Stock, Jan. 1973, this car which ran the 1971 season, ran a best of 6.90 at 214 MPH.

Mark Hovesepian © 1998

Wild Willie

Willie Borsch, the fake arm hanging out the side, and his Rat motored Charger funny. And I don't know exactly why Willie ran a Rat in a Dodge. Probably money, though.

Photographer unknown

Gee, look what Jerry found! Looks like Roland wasn't having a good day!

This, and the following Jerry Ruth pictures were provided by Tom Hanna.


 

Jerry Ruth

Jerry Ruth's Division 6 winning Mustang.

Jerry Ruth, Competition Specialties sponsorship. What year?

Yep, Jerry again, at Seattle International Raceway

No fair peeking, you know who it is.

Back to the "Pay'N'Pak" Mustang. Jerry Ruth again. Guess where?

Uh huh. Da "King".

Hubert Platt at Lion's

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Photo by John Ewald

Steve Bovan, at Lions of course

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Gee, I guess these are all gonna be from Lions for a while.

Sox and Martin's "Baccaruda".

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Pete Seaton and his "Super Shaker" Chevelle. John musta had the flash on High.

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Well, I guess I was wrong! Irwindale here, Maynard Rupp and the "Chevoom" Back-motored Chevelle.

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Photo by John Ewald

Obviously Ericson and Willard. But who ARE Ericson and Willard?
Now I know. Larry Willard and Larry Erickson, from Wichita, Kansas.

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Photo by John Ewald

HemiCuda/Harrell

Tom McEwen in the Original Hemi-Cuda near lane, Dick Harrell in the far lane, Lions Dragstrip.

Photo by John Ewald

burgin upside down

Here's the first shot of the sequence of Gary Burgin in the Burgin and Braskett Vega going upside down.

John Ewald Photo

Oops. Braskett and Burgin upside down. Joe Winters is the victor in this battle of the Titans. Although Joe didn't make the next round.

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"All by myself, I wanna be, All by myself"

Gary Burgin's song of the day

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Now, is this the place to be, or what? Parking at Doug's Headers.

I can see Sox and Martin's "Baccaruda", Roger Lindamood's "Color Me Gone", Don Gay's "Infinity", Dick Brannan's long-nose Mustang. The Nova was Don Ewald's Super Stock car. He told me he earned enough money with this car to go fuel racing. Only in America!

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Hey, it still has a roof! Hayden Proffitt's Corvair.

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Doug Thorley's Nova. The real one. No repop here.

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The Mongoose, post-flight. Note Shirley Shahan on the other lane.

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Bill Lawton in the Mystery 9 Mustang.

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Photo by John Ewald

Is that air I see under those back tires?

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Ouch. This is the "Mister T" Corvette.

And the winner is---Rusty Dellings! Although he's not looking like a winner here. That Fletcher chassis didn't hold up too well here.

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Photo by John Ewald

Really ouch. Fortunately, The driver came out of this alright. Except for a broken race car.

Newsflash! Turns out that Rusty spent more time than he would have liked in the hospital.

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Dick Harrell, and the Skootin' Cuda. At....Lions!

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Photo by John Ewald

You've probably all seen the shot of Brutus dumping its transmission all over the starting line. If you'll also remember, all the shots are from the other side of the track. Nobody remembers that he was racing Dick Harrell at the time.

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Photo by John Ewald

That ol' Moby Dick! Jerry Boldenow's Corvette flopper out of the North Woods

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