Tag Archives: Tom Bonner

Wayne Gapp and the Chargin’ Cyclone

Wayne Gapp and the Hi-Risers were strong contenders at the 1966 Detroit Dragway Invitational. The Chargin’ Cyclone gave Ford fans plenty to cheer about.

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Mr. Ford’s Aggravation: Bob DuBrock’s Mustang Funny Car

Usually a competitor on the NASCAR drag racing circuit, Bob DuBrock brought his fastback Mustang funny car to the 1966 Detroit Dragway Invitational. DuBrock ran well, but couldn’t hold off the more radical match racers he faced.

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Super Shaker Chevelle; Canadian Funny Car

The Super Shaker Chevelle is representative of early funny car technology. The front wheels are shifted forward, but the wheel wells are in the stock position.

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Firebrewed Dodge Funny Car: Detroit Dragway

Think funny cars on pump gas weren’t electrifying? Dick Smith and his injected Firebrewed Dodge A/FX will convince you otherwise.

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Bill Shirey “The Professor” funny car | Detroit Dragway

Despite the stock wheelbase, Bill Shirey’s Plymouth was a funny car with an injected Hemi under the hood and a drag chute on the rear bumper.

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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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