1968 Jim Davis Dragster “Blood, Sweat & Nitro”

Courtesy of Brian Crawford

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 about a friend with an old dragster that had been stored in his garage for about 15 years.

That car turned out to be the Jim Davis chassis, Jack Hagemann full-bodied “Blood, Sweat & Nitro” of Gary Ritter and his partners Jack Cary and Doug Kinner. Ewald bought the car, and it was delivered to Bruce Dyda’s shop, Dyda Race Engineering in Gardena, CA, where it was restored to 1970 configuration.

Now the car is ready to join the nationwide “Cacklefest” events with a fresh 392 Chrysler Hemi and a removable driveline for either push starts or static fire-ups.