Tag Archives: Funny Car

Out of Sight Camaro: West Coast Wonder

Out of Site Camaro driven by Joe Garcia.

The Out of Sight Camaro is frequently mistaken as Ron O’Donnell’s Outasite Camaro, which ran out of Chicago. The Out of Site was actually driven by Californina’s Steve Garcia, who campaigned the car with brother Joe.

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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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Jim Maybeck and the Patriot Chevelle Funny Car

Jim Maybeck arrived at Detroit Dragway with Bruce Larson’s old Chevelle, now known as the Patriot. Larson’s brand new Camaro appears in the background.

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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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