Category Archives: 1966

Muskrat Experimental Mustang at Detroit Dragway

The Muskrat was campaigned by J.D. Collins of Taylor, Michigan. Fastback Mustang carried a Ford 427 wedge for under the hood.

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Seaton’s Shaker 1966 Chevelle Funny Car

The Seaton’s Shaker Chevelle nitro funny car could carry the left front tire three feet in the air, while the right tire was still trundling on the asphalt.

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The Ramchargers Dodge Dart funny car at Detroit Dragway

1966 was a pivotal year in funny car development. Mercury unveiled the first flip-top funny cars, selecting Don Nicholoson, Steffey & Schartman, and Kenz & Leslie to campaign flip-top Comets. (Art Chrisman ran a fourth factory Comet, but by this time, his machine was a supercharged roadster) Powered by injected Ford SOHC engines, the new […]

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Detroit Dragway: August 1966 Funny Car Show

The show at Detroit Dragway that night was made up of three “old school” match bash racers and three tube-framed “intermediate” funny cars.

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427 Dynamite Chevelle Funny Car

The Dynamic Speed Shop Chevelle notched at least one victory at the 1966 Detroit Dragway gas funny car invitational.

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Wayne Gapp and the Chargin’ Cyclone

Wayne Gapp and the Hi-Risers were strong contenders at the 1966 Detroit Dragway Invitational. The Chargin’ Cyclone gave Ford fans plenty to cheer about.

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Mr. Ford’s Aggravation: Bob DuBrock’s Mustang Funny Car

Usually a competitor on the NASCAR drag racing circuit, Bob DuBrock brought his fastback Mustang funny car to the 1966 Detroit Dragway Invitational. DuBrock ran well, but couldn’t hold off the more radical match racers he faced.

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Super Shaker Chevelle; Canadian Funny Car

The Super Shaker Chevelle is representative of early funny car technology. The front wheels are shifted forward, but the wheel wells are in the stock position.

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Firebrewed Dodge Funny Car: Detroit Dragway

Think funny cars on pump gas weren’t electrifying? Dick Smith and his injected Firebrewed Dodge A/FX will convince you otherwise.

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Bill Shirey “The Professor” funny car | Detroit Dragway

Despite the stock wheelbase, Bill Shirey’s Plymouth was a funny car with an injected Hemi under the hood and a drag chute on the rear bumper.

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