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John "Tarzan" Austin - RIP (1 Viewer)

Gone Dead Train

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All my favorites have either retired or passed on, another one gone.

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AA/FD John "Tarzan" Austin in the seat 1974 Winternationals
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John worked for "TV Tommy" before getting a ride in 1974
in Greg Schiegert's "Hot Tuna" nitro digger

My "Hot Tuna" t-shirt
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Gone Dead Train

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Was he that big or was that car smaller than others?

Jim
The car was your standard size fuel dragster in 1974. John was a tall guy, that's why the cage
is higher then other AA/FD of the day. For example the late Leland Kolb was a big man 6' 5"
he looked cramped in his AA/FD and the car was built for him, the cage was high too.
Other drivers like Kelly Brown and Bill Tidwell drove for Leland and the cage looked really high
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Leland in the seat warms up his AA/FD
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Leland in the seat of his AA/FD
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Kelly Brown in the seat of Leland Kolb's AA/FD Kelly was alot shorter, the cage looks high
 

Butch

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I remember the 1st time I saw him and Hot Tuna. It was at the Pop Rod meet, the year Big DNQ.
 
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