Category Archives: 1969

Does anyone remember this Bantam Roadster?

Batam Altered with a blown Chrysler engine.

This Bantam roadster appeared at the Detroit Autorama on the late 1960s. Who owned it? What happened to it?

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Rapid Ronnie Runyan Corvair Flip-Top Funny Car

Rapid Ronnie Ronyan brought his Blue Hell Corvair Funny Car to Detroit Dragway in 1969. Corvairs were quite popular as funny car body shells in the ’60s, due to their small and slippery shape. Ronyan first gained fame on the West Coast with his California-based Corvette, also known as Blue Hell. The Corvette was a […]

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Seaton’s Super Shaker Nova Funny Car at Detroit Dragway

Seaton’s Super Shaker Nova funny car was another headliner at the 1969 AHRA Grand Nationals, with Terry Hedrick at the controls. When I got this photo back from the processor in 1969, I was disappointed to see all the shadows superimposed on the side of the car. Now, almost 45 years later, I really like […]

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Pat Foster and the Mickey Thompson Mustang

The 1969 Mickey Thompson Mustangs established the high-water mark for Ford powered funny cars. None of the future M/T cars, nor any other Ford powered car would have the impact of the two car 1969 effort. Even so, the 1969 Mickey Thompson Mach 1 are probably the most successful funny car effort of all time.

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Ron O’Donnell in Don Schumacher’s Cuda

This is Ron O’Donnell in Don Schumacher’s Stardust Phase II Barracuda. The car was at Detroit Dragway for the 1969 AHRA Grand Nationals. O’Donnell, who hailed from Chicago, drove  a number of famous cars during his career. At various times, you could find O’Donnell piloting Mr. Norm’s Super Charger, the Stone, Woods and Cook flopper, […]

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