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(Talkin' 'Bout my Generation)
The first few pictures No ID


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AA/FC Gene Snow in the seat. The year is 1971
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AA/FC Fantastic night shot, the late Willie Borsch in the seat
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AA/FC "Magnum Force" with Arnie Swensen in the seat
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AA/FC Let's get it on!
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AA/FC Great in the lights shot. With the laundry just coming out. It's Leroy Goldstein
 
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September 6th is 'National Blower Explosion Day'


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Fred Mooneyham checking out his not so good blower
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TV Tom after a pass at the 1967 Nationals.

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The "Ace" at the hit. The year is 1976
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The late Steve Carbone doing some house cleaning "Atlas Oil Tool Special"
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"The Joker" of Kalivoda & Hamlin. Who's laughing now?
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Gary Burgin chucking the blower.
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The late John Mulligan having a bad blower day.
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No ID Bang, nitro, oil = fire and a bad day.
 
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September 6th is 'National Blower Explosion Day'
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Fred Mooneyham checking out his not so good blower
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TV Tom after a pass at the 1967 Nationals.
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No ID on this dead blower.
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The late Dan Horan clean's off the top of the motor, at the hit.
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The late Steve Carbone doing some house cleaning "Atlas Oil Tool Special"
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"The Joker" of Kalivoda & Hamlin. Who's laughing now?
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Gary Burgin chucking the blower.
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The late John Mulligan having a bad blower day.
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1974 World finals qualifying pass, both axels broke when shifting into high gear. Later found out that they were heat treated incorrectly, that was the 7th pass on those new axels.
Almost quit after that explosion.
 

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Part two...Celebrating 'National Blower Explosion Day'


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It's Dan Horan, in the lights at Tulsa.
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No ID this baby is dead
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Lew Arrington in the seat, is topless after a big blower bang. The year is1970
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It's 1964 and Art Malone decides to bang the blower on the starting line
at the Winternationals.
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No ID but for sure it's Carlsbad. Starting line, blower ka-boom.
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Gary Ritter hanging the blower off the side of the motor.
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It's the 1977 Winternationals, Steve Harris in the seat and the blower rotor on the ground. Bitchin
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Gary Matranga at the Dale 1971, murdering his blower.
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Ray Stutz blower has seen better days!
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Bill Leavitt in the seat of his "Quickie Too" AA/FC having a bad blower day!
 
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A New Day Yesterday


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AA/FD. Tom Toler in the seat. Dick Stahl's fuel dragster

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AA/FD. Walt Rhodes at sunset, at the 1972 PDA race. OCIR
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AA/FD. Just another fire burnout. From Washington State Herm Peterson
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AA/FD. Leland Kolb in the seat and the laundry out
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AA/FD. Bob Beaulieu in the seat "Eastern Raider" of Al Hanna
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AA/FD. The "Goo$e" in the seat
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AA/FD. Fantastic in the lights shot. "Kansas John" Wiebe near lane and Don Enriquez
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AA/FD. One of my favorites from the early 70s. Dwight Salisbury
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AA/FD. Jeff Good in the seat, nitro burning BBC, long skinny car
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AA/FD. It's 1972 and "The Snake" and Bob Noice. Gettin' It On at Lions
 
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The "Rail Jobs" are coming to town this Saturday Night "Be There"


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AA/FD Warren & Crowe
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AA/FD Darryl Greenamyer
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AA/FD Saturday Night
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AA/FD "Assassin"
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AA/FD The "Anti-Rain Dancer" is coming to town, to keep the wet stuff away. Canadian Indian Bob Beazer doing his dance.
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AA/FD Ron Goodsell
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AA/FD Warren-Coburn & Miller
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AA/FD There will be plenty of action in the pits, to check out
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AA/FD Have your Browning Camera ready for all the action this Saturday Night!
 
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Remember when you could go to the grocery store or drug store and buy a package of Fleer drag racing cards and
got a piece of stale bubble gum included (sometimes the gum would stain the cards). These cards are from my good
friend John, who has a nice collection of 55 cards. All pictures are from AHRA races.
Part 1


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Remember when drag racing magazines (I miss drag racing magazines) would do photo shoots or a photo op.


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Gary Beck doing a burnout in a parking lot somewhere?
Fantastic photo op.
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Here is a classic, the Bandel brothers had purchased the new AA/FD
from the "Surfers" it made the cover of Drag Racing Magazine with
Jim Morrison (The Doors) girlfriend, Pamela Courson.
See below. May 1967 cover shot.
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The "Purple Gang" AA/FD at LAX. The year is 1967
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Stephanie Rose posing with the AA/FC "Super Chief" Stephanie at onetime was
married to jet car driver Doug Rose. One of my all time favorite nitro floppers
when I was a kid, especially the 1971 version, the 1973 version pictured, Saw
both version's a couple of times at Seattle. Loved what Nelson Carter had written
on the front spoiler (Nelson was a Osage Indian, Okla.)
"Custer Had It Coming" Nelson passed 2/23/2023
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Here is a couple of photo shoot and photo op of everyone's
favorite car thief and murder for hire, "Broadway Freddy" DeName.
Freddy doing a burnout on New York's Coney Island boardwalk.
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Photo shoot with the "Mongoo$e" Tom McEwen at Lion CountrySafari in SoCal.
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I've posted this photo before, but hey, I'm the one doing the posting. It's the AA/FD of Chuck Tanko
"They're real and they're spectacular"
 
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Last Time Around
Now I won't be back till later on
If I do come back at all
To Our Children's Children's Children
Gone Dead Train


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AA/FC One of my all time favorite floppers
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AA/FD My favorite rear engine top fuel dragster ever
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AA/FD From days gone by. It's 1965, a classic leave.
Run to the fence kids, we got AA/FD up next!
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AA/FC From Cle Elum, Wa it's Mike Miller in the seat and maybe, just maybe the
coolest name for a nitro flopper. "Boredom Zero"
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AA/FD Thank you, Drag Racing Photo Greats magazines from the late 60s to the early 70s
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AA/FD "The Surfers" the one car and team, I wish I had seen. They were together
from 1963 to Sept of 1966. My first drag race was June 1968 (8 years old) maybe
the next time around, I will get the pleasure of seeing "Skinner-Jobe & Sorokin"
This photo was taken February 13, 1966 AHRA Winternationals at Irwindale, CA
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AA/FC My all time favorite driver, and my all time favorite nitro burning flopper! I miss 1975
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AA/FC I miss photo shoots
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AA/FD One of my all time favorite photo, Jeep Hampshire in the seat
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The greatest drag racing magazine publication ever Drag Racing USA and my favorite cover ever.
It's the December 1973 issue with Cogo Eads on fire in the lights at Tulsa 1973
 
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Kids in America

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AA/FC Pat Foster in the seat. A car that should have won more races
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AA/FC "Fearless Fred" Goesky at OCIR
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AA/FC Billy Meyer, fantastic under the lights shot
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AA/FC Early funny car action "Jungle Jim"
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AA/FC The late Leroy Goldstein, having a bad day
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AA/FD Larry Dixon at Irwindale
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AA/FD Stan Shiroma in the seat
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AA/FD It's Tony "The Loner" Nancy
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AA/FD It's 1975 and it's Marvin Graham in the seat
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AA/FD Don't remember this car. 1979, Rich Zoucha in the seat, must have been
one of those short lived deals. Looks like a former Jeb Allen car?
 
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No political BS or talking about lawn mowers or what ever, here.
Just fantastic pictures of days gone by.


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AA/FD John Wiebe in the lights at Fremont
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AA/FD It's 1965 Bob Downey in the seat "A&W Root Beer Special"
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AA/FD The late Steve Carbone in then seat
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AA/FD It's Fremont 1966, Gary Ormsby gettin it on
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AA/FD No ID but nonetheless a great photo
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AA/FC Jim Dunn photo shoot, Drag Racing USA Magazine
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AA/FC Shirl Greer doing what we all miss, long smokey burnout
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AA/FC The late Don Schumacher flopper, not sure who is in the seat?
It could be Bobby Rowe. SS&DI magazine didn't say. Can you say fire burnout
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AA/FC It's under the lights. Tom Hoover "White Bear Dodge"
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AA/FC Connie and Shirley side by side burnout's at sunset
 
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No political BS or talking about lawn mowers or what ever, here.
Just fantastic pictures of days gone by.
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AA/FD John Wiebe in the lights at Fremont
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AA/FD It's 1965 Bob Downey in the seat "A&W Root Beer Special"
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AA/FD The late Steve Carbone in then seat
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AA/FD It's Fremont 1966, Gary Ormsby gettin it on
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AA/FD No ID but nonetheless a great photo
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AA/FC Jim Dunn photo shoot, Drag Racing USA Magazine
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AA/FC Shirl Greer doing what we all miss, long smokey burnout
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AA/FC The late Don Schumacher flopper, not sure who is in the seat?
It could be Bobby Rowe. SS&DI magazine didn't say. Can you say fire burnout
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AA/FC It's under the lights. Tom Hoover "White Bear Dodge"
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AA/FC Connie and Shirley side by side burnout's at sunset
Thanks for sharing these great photos, Jim!
Regarding the '73 Don Schumacher "Stardust" Cuda, that's Bobby Rowe in the seat.
It's the very last Stardust Cuda FC. 1973 began w/ Shoe bringing THREE Stardust Cudas to the Winternationals: a yellow one for Don, red for Raymond Beadle and blue for Bobby Rowe. This was a very unique Winternationals because it took 3 weekends to complete! Don was the only one who qualified. But he made up for that by winning the event! It was the Shoe's last NHRA win as a driver. All 3 of these Cudas were painted by Don Kirby-Nat Quick. Car Craft's annual FC review had a photo of all 3 Stardusts posed at OCIR.

But 2 of the 3 didn't last that long into the season. Don's success continued as the yellow Stardust was r/u to Setzer-Foster at the Gatornationals. Soon after Shoe got the Wonder Bread contract. He tried to run the twin Vega panel Wonder Wagons but they'd never go straight. This forced Don to return to the Cudas. As crazy as it sounds 2 of the Stardust Cudas were repainted w/ the Wonder Wagon theme. Yup, the 2 coupes said "Wonder Wagon" on the doors!

But for whatever reason Bobby Rowe continued to race the blue Stardust in the NE. He must've had some kind of mishap cause the paint in your night time photo is NOT the same Kirby-Quick paint that raced at Pomona. The paint shown here is somewhat inferior. The Stardust lettering is overly large and the Superior Sizzler logo is where the comet fireball should be (it was outside of that on the original 3). Plus, the airbrushed grille isn't as nice as Nat's work.

By the mid summer months this Cuda was also repainted to look like the other 2 Wonder Wagon Cudas. Besides Don, Beadle and Rowe, some National Dragster reports show that Ron O'Donnell also drove the white Cudas. And my opinion at the time? I HATED the loss of the Stardust name and didn't care for the Wonder Wagon series. Ah, but that was the source of sponsorship money so it had to be! Don's late '68 Stardust Cuda remains my all time favorite Schumacher funny car.
 
Thanks for sharing these great photos, Jim!
Regarding the '73 Don Schumacher "Stardust" Cuda, that's Bobby Rowe in the seat.
It's the very last Stardust Cuda FC. 1973 began w/ Shoe bringing THREE Stardust Cudas to the Winternationals: a yellow one for Don, red for Raymond Beadle and blue for Bobby Rowe. This was a very unique Winternationals because it took 3 weekends to complete! Don was the only one who qualified. But he made up for that by winning the event! It was the Shoe's last NHRA win as a driver. All 3 of these Cudas were painted by Don Kirby-Nat Quick. Car Craft's annual FC review had a photo of all 3 Stardusts posed at OCIR.

But 2 of the 3 didn't last that long into the season. Don's success continued as the yellow Stardust was r/u to Setzer-Foster at the Gatornationals. Soon after Shoe got the Wonder Bread contract. He tried to run the twin Vega panel Wonder Wagons but they'd never go straight. This forced Don to return to the Cudas. As crazy as it sounds 2 of the Stardust Cudas were repainted w/ the Wonder Wagon theme. Yup, the 2 coupes said "Wonder Wagon" on the doors!

But for whatever reason Bobby Rowe continued to race the blue Stardust in the NE. He must've had some kind of mishap cause the paint in your night time photo is NOT the same Kirby-Quick paint that raced at Pomona. The paint shown here is somewhat inferior. The Stardust lettering is overly large and the Superior Sizzler logo is where the comet fireball should be (it was outside of that on the original 3). Plus, the airbrushed grille isn't as nice as Nat's work.

By the mid summer months this Cuda was also repainted to look like the other 2 Wonder Wagon Cudas. Besides Don, Beadle and Rowe, some National Dragster reports show that Ron O'Donnell also drove the white Cudas. And my opinion at the time? I HATED the loss of the Stardust name and didn't care for the Wonder Wagon series. Ah, but that was the source of sponsorship money so it had to be! Don's late '68 Stardust Cuda remains my all time favorite Schumacher funny car.
James, great information for the younger generation of fans, here on Nitromater, but I'm not sure anyone even
checks out this thread. Me, I just like posting photo's (it take's me back to my childhood) and writing my own
captions. Maybe next time around, I will work at Drag Racing USA magazine...lol. Speaking of Wonder Bread, I
don't think I ever saw the Chevy Vega wagon car. I know I saw the Cuda body AA/FC at 64 funny cars (Seattle).
Don S, and Kelly Brown drove the cars and didn't Jake Johnston drive too? We did have a Vega wagon BB/FC
here in the Northwest (I believe the car was out of Canada) called "Banzai" between 1973 and 1975.

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AA/FC Kelly Brown in the seat, the flopper was ill handling at best
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Update 2/28/24-found a picture of the "Banzai" flopper, and yes the car was from Canada, Alberta
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I almost hate to post this picture due to its very poor quality. This is what happens when film is not properly stored for the past 50+ years.
Anyway, I shot this at the '73 Tulsa National Challenge. It's not the Vega station wagon, but is still the Wonder Wagon.
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James, great information for the younger generation of fans, here on Nitromater, but I'm not sure anyone even
checks out this thread. Me, I just like posting photo's (it take's me back to my childhood) and writing my own
captions. Maybe next time around, I will work at Drag Racing USA magazine...lol. Speaking of Wonder Bread, I
don't think I ever saw the Chevy Vega wagon car. I know I saw the Cuda body AA/FC at 64 funny cars (Seattle).
Don S, and Kelly Brown drove the cars and didn't Jake Johnston drive too? We did have a Vega wagon BB/FC
here in the Northwest (I believe the car was out of Canada) called "Banzai" between 1973 and 1975.

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People are checking it out! Please keep posting pics. I love every time this thread pops up.
 
Those Were the Days

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AA/FD John Wiebe in the seat
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AA/FD From Bakersfield it's James Warren
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AA/FD Gary "Mr. C" Cochran in the seat
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AA/FD Larry & Pat Dixon with Larry in the seat and a full house
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AA/FD Dwight Hughes getting some air
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AA/FD It's 1973, Gerry Steiner in the seat. One of the last FED ever
to run the 1320
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AA/FD No ID. it's Fontana
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AA/FD Jim Dunn in the lights at Pomona. Check out the crowd
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AA/FD "Savage" with the late John Martin in the seat
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The End
 
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