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70s Funny Cars: Round 53

Text by Danny White

There were only a couple of dual-engine funny cars in drag racing history. These included the Phony Pony of Junior Brogdon and the American Bandstand of Don Hampton. Joining these was the A&W Root Beer Nova of Dean Dillingham. Dillingham from Oklahoma had famed chassis builder Don Hardy build the car. He had engine builder Louis Boyd of the Boyd & Griffiths Top Fuel team build the twin small block Chevrolets. Dean raced the Nova in AHRA races and match races without much success, running an 8.23 best at Oklahoma City and 177.51 at Martin, Michigan. (Photo courtesy from Roger Stanke; information from Draglist Files)

Blower manufacturer Mert Littlefield began his fuel funny car career in this little Dodge Dart. The Rapid Transit was purchased from Northwest racer Mike Miller in 1970. Thayne Portier had built the car for Miller in 1968. Littlefield repainted the car as the Rapid Transit and stuffed a Chrysler Hemi in the frame rails. Mert raced the car at Lions, OCIR, Irwindale, and other tracks. In 1971, Littlefield put a new Charger body on the chassis, and suffered a severe fire that burned the car to the ground. (Photo courtesy of Bob Plumer/Drag Race Memories; information from Draglist files)

Andy Clary began his fuel career in a front engine dragster in mid-sixties Southern California, but in 1969 built this funny car called the Brown Crown. The Barracuda was standard fare for 1969; it came complete with a space frame chassis, 392 Chrysler Hemi, and an automatic transmission. The candy brown Plymouth was a favorite of photographers because of its wheelstanding antics like this shot at Lions. The Barracuda ran sevens in the 200 MPH range and was a moderate success. During the 1970 season, Clary had the car repainted as Andy Clary's Torque Master. He built a new Maverick in 1971 to finish out his funny car career. (L&M Photo courtesy of Bob Plumer/Drag Race Memories; information from Draglist files)

In the late 60s and early 70s, Bob McConnell raced the McConnell & Manusar series of Corvettes out of Illinois. The first Corvette was a square tube chassis powered by a Chevy. The Corvette in the photo is the team's second funny car, which was much more state-of-the-art (despite the unique two-port injector). The McM Corvette was a regular at Rockford during the time, the home of the ďotherĒ Manufacturerís Funny Car race. (L&M Photo courtesy of Bob Plumer/Drag Race Memories; information from Draglist files) 

Jim Adolph may be more famous as a car magazine publisher and as a hired gun in other people's cars, but Jim once fielded his own car, this beautiful Camaro. The Adolph Brothers & Green team raced for only a couple of years on the West Coast. The Camaro was powered by a venerable 392 Chrysler Hemi and the team was sponsored by B&M Transmissions. Before retiring, Adolph went back to driving for other teams, including Jim Glennís series of Shady Glenn cars, Bert Bernikerís Hindsight rear engine funny car, and RJ Trotterís Top Fueler. In 2008, Adolph returned to the cockpit, renewing his license in the Nitro Charger Dodge Daytona nostalgia funny car. (Photo courtesy of Tom West/ Replicas West; information from Draglist files)

Merek Chertkow was a Michigan native when he got a ride in Ed Taylor's dragster. The problem was that the car was in California. In 1966, Chertkow got his most famous assignment, shoeing the Ramchargers dragster during the 1966 season after Don Westerdale went to work for Ford. After a year with the Ramchargers, Merek moved to California and started building various kinds of racing engines. In 1974, he made his return to nitro racing with this Ford Pinto powered by a SOHC Ford motor. Chertkow's partner Rick Watson built the chassis in his shop. The team did not race for long and the car soon disappeared from the So-Cal scene. (Photo courtesy of Rich Hernandez; information from Draglist files)

Alabama racer Ralph Bradford jumped into the funny car wars with one of Billy Holt's former Alabamian Vegas. Satan's Angel was a local legend and match raced the likes of Dee Simmons, Johnny Davis, Ernie Duckett, and others. Bradford ran both injected & blown in the Don Hardy built Vega. Bradford was a regular on the IHRA circuit with Vega in Pro Comp. (Photo courtesy of Phil Burgess and NHRA files; information from Draglist files, Dennis Doubleday, and Bret Kepner)

The choices for alcohol funny racers in mid 70s Australia were slim. You could race in the Comp class on an index and Pro Comp was still in its infancy. The last choice was to race heads up against the quicker and faster nitro cars, but thatís the choice Chris Sirinotis made. Running a Plymouth Cuda on alcohol, Chris raced against the more powerful nitro cars. Sirinotis ran an 8.02 at a whopping 192 MPH in 1976. He raced the car through the 1978 season before retiring from funny car racing. (Photo courtesy of Steve Thomas; information from Draglist files) 

Cleveland, Ohio, racer Tom Liddy ran The Dragon Plymouth Satellite funny in the late seventies. The machine was better remembered for the mural of Bruce Lee on the side of the car than for its performances. The Plymouth was powered by a Sid Waterman built Hemi. This photo shows the carís best appearance; a run in with a guardrail resulted in permanent primer spots thereafter. Liddy would later add Kung-Fu to the name and the car became the Kung-Fu Dragon. Tom soon retired from racing after renaming the car. (Photo courtesy of Brian Robinson; information from Bret Kepner and Draglist files)

In 1978, the Rampage team of Vacca & Semchenko added this Monza funny to the team's well known Top Fueler. The funny car has been forgotten with time it seems. The Rampage team won the 1976 NHRA Division One Top Fuel title with Grant Stoms at the wheel. John Camamis took over the wheel of the New Jersey based fueler in 1978 as well as the funny car. Draglist records show that the team did not race after 1978 in either car. (Photo courtesy of Big Bob Snyder and www.vintagedragclub.com; information from Big Bob Snyder, Bill Dee, and Draglist files)

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