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Most the photos on this site are unpublished, and are the copyrighted property of the individual photographers.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

Thanks!

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Funny? Not really...Tex Collins' Allison aircraft engine powered Mustang...all 1710 cubic inches.

L & M Photo courtesy of Rob Potter and Bruno Z

Walt Austin (yes, THAT Walt Austin), and Dave Grassi dropped this Barracuda shell over a fuel dragster chassis
(who was first? Them or Garlits?) and terrorized the Northwest...

Photo provided by Ralph Reiter

While racing Charlie Lee, Drake Viscombe has some drivetrain problems...

Photo provided by Daryl Huffman

Yep, I think it's busted...

Photo provided by Daryl Huffman

Mark Whitted's Colorado Challenger, another one passing up an In-N-Out burger at Irwindale...

L & M Photo courtesy of Rob Potter and Bruno Z

It's Temple Academy Drag Strip in Texas, Mike Burkhart's Camaro launching hard.

Photo provided by David Ray, from the Mike Burkhart Collection

You don't even care what the car is, do you?
Stephanie Rose, wife of jet car pilot Doug Rose, and an outake from a photo session with Nelson Carter's Super Chief.

Tom West Photo © 1999

Gene Snow's short-lived Vega funny...

Dave Milcarek Photo

The John Buttera-built Wonder Wagon Vega of Don Schumacher in all its trick glory...

Dave Milcarek Photo

Dick Harrell, Chevrolet power, 1969 Camaro...

L & M Photo courtesy of Rob Potter and Bruno Z

L & M Photo courtesy of Rob Potter and Bruno Z

Yep, it's that Gold Digger of Bud Richter again...Dave Ray in the seat. As he says..."last pass ever in a funny car, 6.60 @221.mph to Goeske's 6.61.
I won the war, but lost the battle here."

Ron Potter's Golden Nugget Mustang.

L & M Photo courtesy of Rob Potter and Bruno Z

I don't know. Paul Gordon on the fender.

Twig Zeigler's Satellite...this is close to the end of Twig's funny career...

Dave Milcarek Photo

One of the 'inevitable exploding" Pisano and Matsubara funnies...this must have been followed by the yellow flamed car...note the Revell sticker.

Dave Milcarek Photo

Pete Gates's Gate Job Cougar...

Photo provided by Daryl Huffman

Photo provided by Daryl Huffman

The first Funny Car over 200 MPH, Steve Garcia's Out of Sight Camaro, not to be confused with the Champan Automotive "OutaSight" Camaro.

L & M Photo courtesy of Don Francis

New Breed

Pete Everett's New Breed Firebird, previously campaigned by Steve Montrelli. Dr. Leroy Hales at the helm...

L & M Photo courtesy of Rob Potter and Bruno Z

Turbonique Mustang

It's Turbonique powered, and that's good enough for me! The Ozark Mule.

L & M Photo courtesy of Rob Potter and Bruno Z

John Lombardo

Lil' John Lombardo.

Dave Milcarek Photo

Lil Pete/Secret Weapon

Harold Pedersen in his 64 Thunderbolt Fairlane, altered wheelbase and all, out on Wolford and Lenarth's Secret Weapon Jeep at Pacific Raceways
(otherwise know as Seattle Int'l Raceway)

Photo provided by Flyin' Phil Elliott

Lawson/Sutzer

The Lawson & Sutzer Challenger AA/FC...

Bob Gibson Photo

Huston Platt

Well, yes, as it says, it's Huston Platt, and his Dixie Twister Camaro...

Holy Toledo

Ed Lenarth and the Holy Toledo Jeepster...loved these Jeeps, but NHRA hated 'em and outlawed them.

Photo provided by Flyin' Phil Elliott

Bonin Hawaiian

Beeline Raceway, and Gordie Bonin rolls into the waterbox in Roland Leong's Hawaiian Charger.

Chris Stinson Photo

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