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Most the photos on this site are unpublished, and are the copyrighted property of the individual photographers.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

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Ron O'Donnell and the Damn Yankee Cuda of Don Cook/Myrna ???

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Rockingham...Bob Barry in the near lane in the Rolling Thunder Monza, up against the Cassidy Bros.

Rick Covington Photo

Phil Bonner in the "Daddy Warbucks" Falcon, chats with his tuner Don Martin.

Dan Bell Photo

Don Martin, hard at work...

Dan Bell Photo

Doug Nash (yes, that Doug Nash) and his aluminum chassised, small block Ford powered Bronco funny.

Dan Bell Photo

A rear view of this one-of-a-kind Funny.

Dan Bell Photo

Billy Meyer's "flying sub" Mustang at St. Louis Int'l Raceway...1972

Chaz Schubert Photo

The Louisiana-based Car Shop Camaro, driven by Henry Garcia.

Dan Bell Photo

Clyde Morgan in one of those Javelin Funny cars...

Tom West Photo © 1999

Big Jim Dunn hooking up pretty good, with Billy Meyer watching in the background...

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First time out for Big Jim Dunn's rear-engine Barracuda.

Rich Carlson Photo

Jim Dunn's RE Cuda.


Extremely rare photo of one of only 3 fastback Chevy II's built by Bill Thomas Racing in California.
Originally built for road racing, due to GM's withdrawal from racing, they were sold off to whoever wanted 'em.

This one ended up with Fritz Callier from Texas...Green Valley Raceway is the spot.

Dan Bell Photo

Rockingham, 1974. The Hartsoe Bros., and Bob Barry in the Rolling Thunder Monza.

Rick Covington Photo

The New Yorker, from where else? New York!
And the driver, none other than Casy Powell, who's got that daughter who drives funny cars and top fuelers.

Photo provided by Bob Gibson

Gary Richards in the Shadow Mustang

Photo provided by Bob Gibson

Paul Stefansky's early Boss Hoss Mustang. Later changed to "Super Stang for his series of Mustang Funnies.
Here seen wheelstanding away a run against the Whalay Bros. "Warlord" Cuda.

Al Graeber's unconventional Tickle Me Pink Charger. At a time when Funnies were going to one piece fiberglass bodies,
Al's Charger featured a tilt-up nose, opening drivers door, and and injected Hemi for power.

Who else but the East Coast Chevrolet king, Bruce Larson?

Ed O'Leary photo

Bob Cain in front of his father's Plymouth dealership.

Photo courtesy of Dave Cain

A little pit action taking place on the Barracuda of Bob Cain...

Photo courtesy of Dave Cain

injected Hurri-Cain

The 1970-71 version of Bob Cain's Hurri-Cain series of Barracuda funny cars...

Photo courtesy of Dave Cain

"Diamond" Jim Annin's outstanding Challenger funny car, here seen up against Don Schumacher, at Irwindale.

Photo courtesy of Steve Gibbs

And it looks like they did very well!

Driver Mike Snively in the center holding trophy,
3rd from right, engine builder Keith Black, 2nd from right, owner, "Diamond " Jim Annin.

Photo courtesy of Steve Gibbs

Big John Mazmanian' gorgerous Barracud at OCIR, 'round dusk...

Photo courtesy of Stan Weber, from the Paul Culley Collection

A car, and a team I've never encountered, Blackwell and Dickes at St. Louis Raceway, 1972.

Chaz Schubert Photo

Kelly "the Professor" Chadwick, boiling the baloneys at Orange County...

One of the staunch Chevrolet men, almost to the end.

Photo by Tom West © 1999

The Chrysler Corporation sponsored "Dodge Chargers". Running blown and injected Dodge wedges on gas,
these were probably the first blown altered wheelbase cars in the country.

If they weren't, I'm sure I'll be hearing about it...

Photo courtesy of Jim Hill

The Ray Alley built, Kenny Bernstein driven Engine Masters Cougar funny...

Geez, those names sure sound familiar!

Provided by Stan Weber, from the Paul Culley Collection


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