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• First Funny Car in NHRA history to run 250 mph in the quarter mile; set national record at Baton Rouge, May 1982 • Set national record 5.73 elapsed time at the 1982 U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis • First Funny Car in NHRA history to run in the 5.6-second range: 5.637 seconds, Indy, September 1982 • Posted NHRA National event victories at Montreal and Englishtown, NJ; the 33rd and 34th career wins for Don Prudhomme • No. 1 qualifier four times: Baton Rouge, Columbus, Indy and Orange County • Original engine • Original body designed by Pontiac Motorsports {analysis}This car,…
• The original 1967 Hurst Hemi Under Glass exhibition wheelstander piloted by Bob Riggle • Riggle restored the car for collector Bill Sefton, and they campaigned it at exhibitions with Riggle at the wheel • Regularly on public display at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA • Rear-mounted 426 Hemi engine • Cragar wheels and Goodyear slicks {analysis}This car, Lot S200, sold for $324,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s sale in Kissimmee, FL, on January 25, 2014. “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” the radio waves barked, and if the Gods of Nitro smiled upon your local drag race, you’d hear that…
This 1963 Pontiac Tempest LeMans 421 Super Duty Factory Experimental Lightweight is one of six examples produced and it is one of only two remaining. Built on December 12, 1962, at the Pontiac, MI, assembly plant, the purpose-built LeMans coupes were all painted white and given blue interiors with bucket seats. Pontiac Engineering fitted high-compression dual-quad 421 Super Duty engines connected to unique rear-mounted 4-speed automatic transmissions. All used aluminum front sheet metal and brake drums, acid-dipped bumpers and mounting brackets, and lightweight windshield glass, resulting in almost perfect 48/52 weight distribution while keeping the cars in line with the…
1970 Plymouth ’Cuda VIN: 11900201972 Plymouth Duster VIN: 100161967 Dodge D700 “Snake” truck VIN: 17817512931967 Dodge D700 “Mongoose” truck  VIN: 1781731248  {analysis}These four lots, the ’70 Barracuda and ’72 Duster drag cars and the two ’67 Dodge D700 ramp trucks, were sold together for $990,000 as lots 5040–5043 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale on January 18, 2014. Next to Don Garlits in “Swamp Rat,” “TV” Tommy Ivo in his four-engine rail or Wild Willie Borsch one-handing his winged Fuel Altered, for me there’s no more exciting drag-racing history than the epic Don “The Snake” Prudhomme vs. Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen wars…
• One of approximately 90 factory-built • Identification plate with unique serial number sequence • Primed and painted body • 6.1L Hemi engine prepared for drag racing • Special BIW modified for drag racing and approximately 1,000 lbs lighter than production • Composite lift-off hood with functional scoop • Lightweight drag-race-only front-brake assembly • Lightweight cooling module with electric fan • Lightweight instrument panel assembly • Special cable-operated throttle pedal and linkage • Manual rack-and-pinion steering • Polycarbonate door windows • Front-chin spoiler {analysis}This Drag Pak Challenger, Lot F246.1, sold for $24,610, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Chicago, IL, sale…

1946 Dreyer Midget

Written by November 2013
• 136-ci flathead Ford V8 • Rare Edelbrock speed equipment • 130 hp • In/out gearbox • Live-axle suspension with transverse leaf springs • Rear-wheel hydraulic drum brake This Dreyer-Ford was not only a successful racer back in the day, but New Jersey driver John Harris successfully vintage-raced it for decades. It comes equipped with extensive period speed equipment, including twin Stromberg 97 carburetors on an Edelbrock intake manifold and Edelbrock alloy heads. The Jahar Racing Midget is authentic and intact, but it does need cosmetic and mechanical refreshment before heading to the track. Best of all, it’s eligible and…
Top Fuel terror The Blood, Sweat & Nitro Top Fuel dragster is the only surviving original Jim Davis chassis with a full aluminum body by the famous Jack Hagemann. Driver Gary Ritter terrorized the competition with this car at drag strips such as Famoso, Half Moon Bay, Lions, OCIR, Irwindale, Sears Point, Carlsbad and Fresno. Fremont Drag Strip was the car’s home track, and Ritter took home his share of trophies. While attending the 2005 Hot August Nights event with his two restored front-engine dragsters, the “BankAmericar” and the “Mastercar,” John Ewald was approached by a guest who told him…
• One of 50 lightweight Mustangs produced • Delivered to Ford in Dearborn as a marketing vehicle • Factory-sponsored drag car driven by Dave Lyall • Sold to Lyall for $1 to compete in the Super Stock wars • Documented with copies of the window sticker, Lyall’s $1 contract, Michigan title search, Ford internal memos about the 428 Cobra Jet Lightweight Mustang program, and Marti Report • Finished in Lyall’s racing livery • 428 Cobra Jet engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Cragar wheels, Hurst shifter • Radio delete, bucket seats • Photo-documented frame-off restoration {analysis}This 1968 Ford Mustang Lightweight,…
Competition in NHRA Super Stock racing was at a fever pitch by the mid-1960s. The factories continued to trade blows with ever more radical specials to meet the demands of their team drivers, and in 1967 Plymouth upped the stakes, introducing a limited-production lightweight drag-racing package for the Belvedere known as the RO23. Fifty-five 2-door hard tops were built to meet the NHRA’s Super Stock/B class rules, all powered by the 426 Hemi backed by either a 4-speed manual transmission or a TorqueFlite automatic. This RO23 Plymouth Belvedere lightweight from the Joe Amato Collection features the correct and recently rebuilt…
  This 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass was built by the legendary car builder Banjo Matthews for car owner Junior Johnson. Driven by three-time NASCAR champion Cale Yarborough and sponsored by First National City Travelers Checks, this car was instrumental in Yarborough winning the championship in 1978. Legendary crew chief Travis Carter, who worked for Junior Johnson in 1978, oversaw the restoration and authenticated and certified the car in 2000. In 2004, Yarborough drove this car under the lights at Darlington Raceway to celebrate the lighting of “The Lady in Black.” A very authentic and rare piece of racing history. Also included…
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