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Most the photos on this site are unpublished, and are the copyrighted property of the individual photographers.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. E-mail link is at the bottom of each page.

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The six following photos are all of Don Prudhomme's Barracuda funnies...we'll try and number them, okay?

Snake first Cuda

The very first Snake Hot Wheels car, the key features here are the rooftop spoiler, and the Cragar S/S wheels.

Bob Plumer

Snake second Cuda

The 2nd Snake/Hot Wheels car...

Bob Plumer

Snake third Cuda

The 3rd Snake/Hotwheels car, this photo and the one below...
this is the car that burned up in the lights at Seattle International Raceway.

Bob Plumer

Snake 3rd Car Gilchrist

Charles Gilchrist Photo © 1970

The fourth Snake car, introduced in late 1972...just gelcoat and lettering. Note the wheel bubbles, though.

Bob Plumer Photo

Here's car number 4 with paint...note that the Hot Wheels sponsorship is no longer, Carefree Sugarless Gum taking that spot.

Bob Plumer Collection

Dave Strickler's take on Funny Cars...a tube framed, stretched Corvette...

Bob Plumer Photo

Strickler's Vette, with the nose off, Injected big block Chev powered, not much Corvette left here.

Bob Plumer Photo

The Dennett Bros. A/FC Corvette, running on the UDRA Injected Funny Car circuit.
They ran this car from 1969 until 1972, setting the NHRA A/FC record on two occasions...

Photo Provided by Ken Dennett

With a Fiberglass Trends body (extended 19 inches) and a Logghe chassis, the Dennett Bros. were loaded for bear...
Paint was by Wayne, MI spray gun artist, Paul Shedlik.
As Kenn Dennett said, "He was one of the firsts to blend dayglo colors and he did a fantastic job.
The car also won several show car awards at the infamous Detroit Autorama."

Photo Provided by Ken Dennett

Check out the detail work in the stripes...

The Dennett boys ran various size Rat motors in this car, from 440 cubic inches, all the way up to 511 cubes,
in front of a variety of Torqueflights, and TurboHydro 400's.

Best ET was a 7.91, and Top Speed was 180 mph.

Photo Provided by Ken Dennett

Handout for Joe Jacono's Barracuda Funny...

The King Camaro of LaPole, Gear and Totten, here at Irwindale one afternoon in 1970...

Mike Burkhart's Nova at Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ, 1970.

Photo by Ed O'Leary, the Tow Truck Driver
provided by his pal, Pete.

When I received these photos, I was a little taken aback, and wasn't sure what to do with them...
I'd been sent a photo which is elsewhere on the site, of this publicity stunt, but when I got the whole article, I had to put it up.
The commentary at the top, here, is by Don Roberts,
who drove both the King and Marshall dragster, and the funny car, but not at the same time....

"When I worked with Jimmy King and Don Marshall, they were approached by Loctite to do something different for a new product kick off. There was a 4 inch round aluminum bar and a 4 inch round steel bar that had Loctite Super Bonder applied to both pieces.

After about a 1/2 hour setup time the bars were attached to the dragster and the funny car with steel cables. We started the cars and took the slack out of the cables. I was in the dragster and King was in the funny car. There was a person standing in front of me out of camera range, and someone else in front of King also out of sight. You can see Marshall (more than the camera guy wanted) standing to the right. When he raised his arm our guys in front gave us the GO signal.

King and I were at full throttle for 2-3 seconds, not once, but twice to be sure the camera guys got the right shots. The Loctite people were amazed. The Super Bonder product did what it was supposed to do, the bars did not pull apart. 10 pounds of air in the tires and a splash of water under the tires helped though I'm sure. We did this in the infield of a small circle track in Seekonk, Mass. This promotion was only seen in industrial trade publications and never had any automotive spinoff. "

Don Roberts

This is the text from the trade paper article was too small to read in the above image so I typed it out for you.

"Ed's Note: One of the joys of working for a newspaper is the chance to read the mound of marvelous PR material which crosses
your desk each day. We see it ranging from the sublime to the past-ridiculous, from semi-pornogrphic sauna promos to deranged
campaign literature backing inumerable self-delared presidential candidates who insist on charging their established rivals with
perverse crimes against country, God and nature. Having suffered through reams of publicity we think it only appropriate to join in
the spirit of this award-oreinted season and present our own critic's choice - the East Bay Window Racso, a coveted trophy which is to
the public relations field what the Oscar is to the movies and the Emmy is to soap operas (or do they give those out for plays?)
By unanimous decision, on a one to nothing vote, this year's award goes to Barrington P/R man Will Barbeau, who signed up the
Warren drag racing team of King and Marshall to do a little work for the Loctite Corporation's "Super Bonder" contact cement
at that world renowned automotive racing center, the Seekonk Speedway. As the photos show, that's pretty fair cement. They also
prove that the great American tradition of creative gimmickery in promotional stunts will be carried forward for yet another year.
Nice going, Will. "

All images provided by Don Roberts

Jim Paoli's Yankee Packrat Vega.

Bob Plumer

Wayne Mahaffey in Perry Holt's Alabamian Vega, and the Atlanta Speed Shop Barracuda staged at ...

Charlie Suggs Photo

The "Dennis the Menace" Mustang at Gainesville. Driven by Henry Hudson, he was later killed in this car.

Charlie Suggs Photo

Bill Leavitt's "Quickie Too" in the burnout box at...

Charlie Suggs Photo

Ronnie Umbach's Tonti Metal Craft '69 Mustang, out of New Orleans...not a strong performer, but a wild paint job!

Charlie Suggs Photo

Kosty Ivanof's Boston Shaker, and Pee Wee Wallace's Virginian at Englishtown, 1975

Eddie Culetto Photo

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