Thank you so much for posting this link, being born in 1955 I was to young to see the early incredible history of the Greek, I have always been a fan, now even a bigger fan now
According to my math, if he joined the Army at 16 in 1945, that makes him NINETY ONE YEARS OLD! I will be 77 in a little over a month so it was easy to figure out his age. I remember one Friday night years ago at Sears Point, he had low ET at 4.63 over the best at the time. It looked like he was going to win that race but after the burnout they couldn't get the starter off. He won a lot of races in his long career but it's too bad he never won an NHRA wally! I hope Krista gets a good sponsor because she will add some new young blood to the sport.He is an amazing man and funny also. I enjoy listening to his raspy voice when we are all staying at the same hotel and he is having breakfast. I'm 64 and he calls me kid.
He may no longer race, but big Jim Dunn I do not see "retirement" being a word he even knows. Does she inherit the lifetime Lucas Oil sponsorship or will that end? Maybe it stays because Chris is involved.This guy is truly amazing. Will anyone else ever match his age (whatever it is) with a Top Fuel license ?
The stuff we tried was not just things we got from our Gilbert Chemistry Set. While I was in Graduate school I drove for other people (because of time and money) and one was Don Madden in the Howard Cam Rattler. Don's brother was best friends with the Chemist at Cox Model Engines and they made different componds for their stuff. A lot of it could not be sold because it was carcinogenic and very bad to handle so the thought was any Idiot that would strap themselves into a T/F car was the perfect candidate to try it on a larger scale. They were exiciters. The Iodine was in crystals and you put it in just before firing up. I belive it was 14 Molar. The trouble is just like Nitromethane a by product is an acid only worse. The Oil of Mirbane has the same charistics as Nitro Benzene, but we found out that it was not as good because it was an oil which actually contaminates the Nitro where the NB does not. I did However think about shining my shoes when we used it. The reality with fuel additives is with the advancements in engine technology you're better off to stick with the fuel you are required to run and work with the tuneup.Roger, I know that hydrazine is carcinogenic. Not surprised you have respiratory problems due to the chemicals. I have asthma, so know how that feels. I wanted to ask what does iodine & oil of Mirbane do as an additive? I never heard of anyone using that. Thanks for the info about % of hydrazine. I have heard so many stories, but all agreed that a small amount of hydrazine would add power and could destroy the motor.