January 27, 2023


Still car-crazy after all these years

Bruce Larson

Bruce Larson and the USA-1 Camaro Funny Car

Bruce Larson USA-1 Camaro
Bruce Larson brought his new USA-1 Camaro to Detroit in 1968.

Bruce Larson was another entry at the 1968 Super Stock Magazine invitational in his popular USA-1 Camaro. The flip-top Camaro replaced his outstanding injected Chevelle, and relied on a blown rat motor for power.

The new version of the USA-1 was state-of-the-art, running a Logghe Chassis and a flip-top, one-piece, fiberglass ’68 Camaro body.

Larson was still figuring out his new ride, and he lost in the first round two days in row at Detroit. The Candies & Hughes Barracuda was Larson’s nemesis, as the blown ‘Cuda outran the Camaro both days.

Chalk the Detroit event up to experience. Larson didn’t waste much time getting USA-1 sorted out, and by mid-season he hit a 7.41; the quickest run for a funny car ever up to that time. In 1969, Larson would win the prestigious Super Stock Nationals in this car, turning away a huge field of the best funny cars in the country at York, Pennsylvania,

He built another Camaro for the 1970 season and continued to run Chevy power until he burned the new Camaro to the ground. Larson went pro-stock racing for a time, then created an alky Pro-Comp flopper. Eventually, he returned to the AA/FC ranks, winning the 1989 NHRA Funny Car Championship.

Still on the Nostalgia Funny Car Circuit

Larson has raced for more than five decades. Fifty years of drag racing would be enough for almost anybody, but Larson continues to race nostalgia funny cars. For 2013, Worm, Inc. has created an authentic replica of the car. Larson reportedly still owns the original car in this photo, but changes in safety rules have made that car illegal for all-out racing. The Worm chassis meets current safety rules, but maintains the appearance of the original car.

Larson will be competing at tracks across the country with the replica car, once again running a supercharged, nitro-burning rat motor.


Tom Bonner