Author Archives: Tom Bonner

Bruce Larson and the USA-1 Camaro Funny Car

Bruce Larson was another entry at the 1968 Super Stock Magazine invitational in his popular USA-1 Camaro. The flip-top Camaro replaced his outstanding injected Chevelle, and relied on a blown rat motor for power. The new version of the USA-1 was state-of-the-art, running a Logghe Chassis and a flip-top, one-piece, fiberglass ’68 Camaro body. Larson […]

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Fred Goeske and the Hemi-Cuda II at Detroit Dragway

In 1968, Fearless Ffred Goieske replaced his rear-engine funny car with the Hemi-Cuda II and took runner up honors at the Super Stock Invitational at Detroit Dragway.

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Professor Kelly Chadwick and the Wild Thing II Camaro

Kelly Chadwick’s Wild Thing II was the epitome of the original funny car concept. The Camaro looks stock, except for the supercharger peeking through the hood, but he wheelbase was extended and the front end lengthened.

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Dick Harrell’s 1968 Funny Car Fleet

Unraveling the history of Dick Harrell’s 1968 season would task even Indiana Jones. Harrell took turns driving at least three funny cars during the season, and some suggest there was a fourth. Harrell sold his 1967 steel bodied tube-frame car at the start of the season, after taking delivery of a Don Hardy flip-top ’68 […]

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Rain, Rain Go Away, Dick Harrell’s Camaro has Come to Play

Rain cancelled the spring funny car show at Detroit Dragway before
Dick Harrell had a chance to show Detroit fans how well his flip-top Camaro could run.

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Nostalgia: The CKLW All-Time Top 300 from 1967

In 1967, CKLW Radio asked it’s listeners to vote for their favorite all-time records, Here is the complete list of the top 300:

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The Banshee Firebird at the 1968 Autorama

Could this be the first Firebird funny car? With a roll bar extending through the roof, the Banshee Firebird was a last minute entry for the 1968 Autorama in Detroit.

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Wayne Gapp and the Super Cat Ultra-Stock Cougar

When nearly all his contemporaries were embracing nitro and superchargers, Wayne Gapp bucked the system with a new, gasoline Cougar funny car he called The Super Cat.

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The Dennett Brothers B/G Chevelle Psycho

The Dennett Brothers took a different approach to the Gas Coupe class, choosing a modern Chevelle over the more common Willys and Anglia body shells.

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The Porcupine, Semi-Hemi, Mystery Rat Motor

The big block Chevrolet V8 is known by a variety of names, but for most Chevrolet racers and hot rodders, it will always be simply the rat motor. How did such a popular engine come to be labeled as a rat?

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