Category Archives: 1966

Detroit Dragway: remembering “the Ditch”

Thanks to the famous radio spots, anyone in Detroit in that era could tell you that Detroit Dragway was at Sibley and Dix; even if they had never been there.

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Re-Entry Rear Engine Streamlined Dragster

The Re-Entry’s supercharged engine was housed behind the driver in a tightly fitting cowl that also enclosed the driver and the rear tires.

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Somethin Wild B/G dragster

Somethin Wild is a square back front engine rail, featuring an injected small-block Chevy for power. The car competed in the B/G ranks in the mid 1960s.

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Blown Chevy front-engine Dragster

There was a lot of competition in the NHRA gas dragster classes in 1966, so with out some indicator there is no way to know what was in this car’s fuel tank.

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Willys Gasser: The Caboose

I’ve always liked the old Willys Gassers, and the Caboose is typical of the breed. 1940s era Willys coupe, supercharged Chrysler Hemi, flip-open front clip, small front tires on a straight axle.

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A/A Cadilliac V-8 Buick V-6

Today a V6 powered race car wouldn’t be exceptional, but there weren’t very many American V6s to choose from in 1966. I assume the engine is a Buick 3800 V6.

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The Prussian, Steffey and Rupp Top Fuel Dragster

Last time around, we looked at Maynard Rupp’s Chevoom Funny Car from 1966. Rupp was a busy guy in 1965, as he built the rear-engine funny car between stints of driving the feared Prussian Top Fuel dragster. The Prussian was also on display at the 1966 Autorama. In 1965 the car won the NHRA World […]

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Chevoom funny car: Maynard Rupp’s 1966 Chevelle

This is Chevoom, the rear engined funny car created by Top Fuel star Maynard Rupp. The car might look like an ordinary ’66 Chevelle, but you will find a nitro burning blown Chrysler in the back seat.

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