Seems this page went missing around the time of the Funny Car Years face lift...
just re-discovered it last, it'll have to
do as a new page for a while..

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Most the photos on this site are unpublished, and are the copyrighted property of the individual photographers.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

But these pages are getting out of control, and it might load a little slow. Sorry.

If you've got any info, please e-mail me. Link is at the bottom of the page. Thanks.

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David Ray on fire in Jess Tyree's Firebird. Hmm...

1969 Gatornationals...Candies and Hughes...

Charlie Suggs Photo

Back view of the Candies and Hughes Cuda. And a little note from Charlie Suggs, the photographer...

"Something that i forgot to tell you about the Candies & Hughes Cuda,
was the photo that you see was taken very early in the morning, if you can look close you may be able to see the morning dew still on the car!
Can you believe that they left their cars out all night!
There was a bunch of them like that, they had security in the pits, but still???? Just thought I would let you know that. "

Charlie Suggs Photo

From out of Maryland, yes, I said Maryland, came Tom Sneden, wheeling the Bob Banning Dodge Challenger funny,

The Mako Shark Corvette. Duh.

That darn kid! Oh, not you James, I was talking about this McCord kid, who could, at 15 years old,
afford his own fuel funny car, and have it driven by Gary shown at Bakersfield.

Junior Brogden's Phony Pony AA/FC...on the trailer.

Rat Trap

The Rat Trap Mustang of Dennis Fowler and Don Green. Wayne Grieser in the seat, not one of your more
prominent funny car shoes.

Bob Plumer Photo

From Cleveland, the Whalay Bros. Warlord Cuda, goes up against Terry Hedrick in the Super Shaker Nova.
So, maybe somebody can tell me what's wrong with this picture...subtle, but wrong.

Tom West Photo © 1999

Right now, Twig Zeigler is not a very happy guy. He's makin' pizza out of the Pizza Haven Satellite...

"Flash" Gordon Mineo and Tom Sturm partnered up on theis Firebird Funny, sponsored by the Justice Bros.
This car later became Mineo's first "Flash" Gordon funny.

The Sturm and Fisher Corvair, on a powerstand, here at Irwindale Raceway.

Pat Smith Photo

Last of the Sturm fotofest, Tom's" Swapper" Challenger, here at Irwindale Raceway, 1970.

Ray Zeller's Midnight Skulker Cuda, Stan Shiroma at the wheel.

Keeling and Clayton Pinto, arguably one of the nicest funnies of all time...

Pat Smith Photo

Jeff Courtie in his Barracuda at Orange County.

Tom West Photo © 1999

David Ray in the Steakley Bros. Camaro, taking on Dale Pulde in the Stone, Woods, and Cooke Mustang.
David provided all the names and arrows, so we'd know just who won here...the "Keeton" is Dee Keaton,
head wrench for the SWC car...

Photo provided by David Ray

1972, Irwindale Raceway, and the Hawaiian thunders down the track without a lick of paint, other than the lettering.

Glenn Miller-Trackside Photo

Jim Murphy in the Holy Smokes Satellite, at Irwindale, 1972.

Glenn Miller-Trackside Photo

Kenz Leslie

The Kenz and Leslie "777" Cougar out of Colorado. K & L were one of the few funny car teams to
run the Ford Cammer consistently. They were one of the first Ford (or Mercury, if you prefer)
factory teams, receiving one of the first 5 Comet funnies in 1966.

Bob Plumer Photo

Lookout! It's the Cain Gang! Bob Cain's Hurri-Cain II Barracuda in front of Fred M. Cain Chrysler-Plymouth.
Haven't the faintest clue who the other Hurri-Cain cars are...or belong to.

Another one of those Southern California Funny Gassers...this one, the Experience Mustang, of Dave Walker.

Dave Esqueda photo

Well, I guess I can't put ALL the pits shots on the Pits pages. Irwindale, 1970, on the left, you have
Tom Sturm and his Challenger/Hemi powered "Swapper". Seems that even Chevy Lovers switch...but for
true Chevy Lovers, on the right, is the LaPole-Gear-Totten "King Camaro". Driven by Dean LaPole, and tuned by Dan Gear,
This Camaro was one of, if not THE fastest pure Chevy powered fuel car in the land.
Also, the loudest, as they were the only ones to run a 16 plug set-up on a BB Chevy! Made a BIG bang!

Very little info on this car, other than the, speak up!

And even before I post this page, they've spoken! This is the former Don Gay Firebird, purchased by Bob Riggle,
driven by Dale Emery. Ran for a very short time, 392 power, no idea what kind of times or speeds.

Provided by Rob Potter

Gary Matranga's 392 powered Camaro, the Ivory Hunter.

My favorite of all the LA Hooker cars...this one, an ex-Nelson Carter Super Chief, being run
by the Beaver Bros, and Condit.

Bob Plumer Photo

Clare Sanders smokin' the hides in the always-fast Ramchargers Dodge Demon,
shown here at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The Snake, making a quick exit out of his "HOT" Wheels Cuda...

The Stone, Woods and Cooke Pinto Funny, here being driven by David Ray. There was quite a list of drivers
for this car, not sure exactly why, or I just won't say...but the first driver was Gary Scow, Dale Pulde, then David for ten dates,
then Mike Van Sant, and as David says "and on and on..."

John Carlton's Swinger Nova injected funny, quite a step up for the Swinger Camaro on page 1 of" In The Pits".
This would be Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ.

The thing on the righthand side of the picture, is the mirror on the tow truck of Ed O'Leary. The following from Ed's pal
Pete, explains the whole thing...

"I forgot to tell you how Ed got his job at Raceway Park way back when.
According to Ed, he and his brother being the gearheads that they were/are where regular attendees to the many shows at Raceway Park.
This particular Sunday, they took the tow truck down from the Sunoco service station where Ed used to work.
Anyway, a call went out over the loudspeaker asking if anyone had a tow truck on the premises
and would be willing to give a broken racer a tow back home.
Ed jumped at the chance and I guess the management at Raceway Park got to liking him
and asked if he would be interested in providing that service on a regular basis.
Ed, being the car nut that he was, jumped at the chance to get into the track for free and
from then on for the next couple of years, guess where Ed was every Sunday?
Sitting in his tow truck [with his trusty instamatic camera beside him]
right next to the starting line watching all the cool cars of the day making numerous quarter mile passes."

Commentary by Pete
Ed O'Leary Photo.

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