Tag Archives: Autorama

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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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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Dick Jesse’s Extreme Slant-Roof GTO Funny Car

Mr. Unswitchable was a Pontiac GTO funny car with the roof slammed so low that driver Dick Jesse had to drive with his head punched through the top. Car Craft magazine quickly dubbed the car the Slant Roof GTO in 1967.

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The Buckpasser: B/G Willys Coupe

The Buckpasser Willys coupe was campaigned by Tinney and Tignanelli and competed in the B/Gas Coupe and Sedan class

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Connie Kalitta’s SOHC Ford Bounty Hunter Top Fuel Dragster

Connie Kalitta had his Ford SOHC Top Fuel car on display at the 1968 Autorama. It’s amazing how simple this rig looks. Slingshot dragster chassis, with a minimum of body work and a huge Ford V-8 mounted in front of the driver. This isn’t some cut-away display car, it is the complete dragster, ready to […]

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Paul Stefansky’s Boss Hoss Mustang Funny Car

The Boss Hoss was Paul Stefansky’s entry for the 1968 drag racing season. The rare notchback Mustang funny car relied on an injected
Ford SOHC for power.

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Yet another variation on the Super Shaker name

The Super Shaker as it appeared at the Detroit Autorama in 1967. How many drag cars raced under the Super Shaker name?

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