I'll open with a couple of chute
shots of Chuck Flores. The top shot is from the 1969 March Meet
and the bottom was taken at his home track, Fremont.
No ID on this chute shot
from OCIR circa 1970. My guess is Carl Olson.
In a futile attempt to avoid
building a rear-engine car, my late friend Gary Cochran installed
this "trick" two stage wing to his SPE beauty. Keeping
in mind this was late 1972 you can guess what happened next. Never
ran the wing and ordered a new hot rod shortly thereafter.
In 1970 Top Gas standout Gordon
Collett felt he had to jump into the twin engine deal as seen
here at Columbus. He simply added pipe to the center of his 1969
car, body be damned, and jumped into the pool. Sadly the class
was erased by NHRA in 1972. Historians will forever debate if
the twin engine concept was a winning advantage or not. The likes
of Bill Schultz and John Peters can make an argument for both.
Personally I loved the class and as a fan of sheer horsepower,
I thought the twins were awesome.
An argument for a boat
load of whale motors was the Frakes & Funk car in 1970.
I've wanted to do a page with
nothing but the incredible cowl art from the 60's but never did
and due to age, probably never will. This shot of Don Cook's
Southwind and the Frakes & Funk car are classic examples.
Love this night shot of Walt
Stevens in the McCloud Bros. "The Poachers" at OCIR
in 1970. Jack McCloud looking over the engine in the waterbox.