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Detroit Dragway Action: Mr. Unswitchable versus Hemi-Hunter

In April of 1967, I attended the Midwest Championships at Detroit Dragway. The event included eliminations for both nitro and gas burning funny cars. Most of the cars were part of the UDRA circuit out of Chicago, and they ran the gamut from steel bodied match racers to the latest all-fiberglass missiles. This is my […]

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When Funny Cars had Names

Once, a catchy name was every bit as important to a funny car driver as a supercharger and nitro. A look back at some of the exciting names from yesteryear.

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The mystery of the Competition + Mustang funny car

Known as Competition +, this was likely the first flip-top Mustang funny car in existence. Who drove it and why is it so difficult to learn more about the car

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Al Bergler’s More Aggravation dragster

Like all of Bergler’s machinery, everything on More Aggravation was first class. And like the earlier version, it was also very fast.

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Part 2 of Ingenuity in Action at Detroit Dragway

Part 2 of the film focuses on the 1959 NHRA Nationals at Detroit. Watch for Ohio George Montgomery, the Ramchargers C/A and future NASCAR great Bernie Partridge.

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Ingenuity in Action: Detroit Dragway in 1959

Part 1 of Ingenuity in Action, a 1959 film about the NHRA Nationals at Detroit Dragway

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Updates to previous posts

Keeping everything up to date. As new information as surfaced, previous posts are added to or corrected.

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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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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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