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.

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Most the photos on this site are unpublished, and are the copyrighted property of the individual photographers.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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cogo eads king camaro

Cogo Eads in the left lane, the King Camaro in the right...Manhattan Raceway Park, in Kansas.
From what Stan sez, Dean LaPole, in the King Camaro was kicking ass and taking names at this race...

Stan Berry Photo

dick custy

Dick Custy getting ready for a pass...AHRA "Show Me" Nationals, Kansas City, Missouri.
See the person in the yellow jacket at bottom left? Jungle Pam herself.
Seems it was a little cool that weekend, and required more clothes...

Stan Berry photo

ron o'donnell

Ron O'Donnell in the Damn Yankee Vega. AHRA "Show Me" Nats again (all color shots by Stan are from that race)

Stan Berry Photo


The Flying Dutchman himself, Al Vanderwoude

Stan Berry Photo

Hoover Vega

Tom Hoover and the Showtime Vega, the ex-Army Vega of Don Prudhomme.
You can see in this shot, the raw nitro shooting out of the headers as they fire the Elephant up!

This car was later sold to John Luna.

Stan Berry Photo

John White

John White's Mustang II Funny.

Stan Berry Photo

Larry Brown

Larry Brown's Satellite funny.

Stan Berry Photo

Mike Burkhart

Here's Richard Tharp again, going up against Al Vanderwoude in the Flying Dutchman Mustang II...

Stan Berry Photo

Ira Hollensbeck

Little known Missouri Funny Car racer, Ira Hollensbee...

Stan Berry Photo

Vern Moats

The Oly Roller Vega, Vern Moats at the wheel.
Guy in the red jacket, pope of the drag photographers, Jim Kelly.

Stan Berry Photo


The Cox sponsored Pinto of Bill Schifsky...

Stan Berry Photo


Here's Richard Tharp getting his hands dirty on Big Mike's Satellite engine...

Stan Berry Photo


A real nice shot of Hayden Proffitt and crew, and the AMC Rebel Funny, autographed by both Hayden, and Phil Bellomy
who was the publisher of Drag Sport Illustrated, one of the weekly drag newspapers available back in the 60's.

From the Bill Turney Collection

BP Comet

Another shot of John Petrie's BP Experimental Comet funny from Canada...

Photo provided by Rob Potter

Brutus Firebird

Just a little something I picked up...Lew Arrington in the Brutus Firebird...392 powered...

Jim Sorenson Collection

Charlie Wilson

Here's a handout of Charlie Wilson's Vicious Too Camaro Funny, autographed by Charlie himself!

Jim Sorenson Collection


Another handout, This one, Kelly Chadwick and his World's Fastest 69 Camaro...

Jim Sorenson Collection

Mako Shark

John Wetton and Gary Afdahl's Mako Shark of the first 68 style Corvette funnies...

John Shanks Photo © 1970

Frank Federici

Frank Federici's Shark

Clayton Taylor photo

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