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#1 Gator Bob

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:05 PM

Who was the first owner/driver to put 'wings' (vertical side dams) on a Flopper body?


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:46 PM

The Snake?.....................


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Posted 17 June 2013 - 10:57 PM

Very Good guess but no ....


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 05:19 AM

Hmmmm....interesting question. First wing I saw at all was on Bob Taylor's Time Machine Camaro funny car back in the 70's. As far as the Air Dam kinda thing I would think that would have been John Force.
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:25 AM

Pretty sure it was Don Shumaker on the Wonder Wagon to try and generate some down force.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:38 AM

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:51 AM

Big Daddy.
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:21 AM

My Vote is for King Kenny Bernstine & his Batmobil...........

 

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:26 AM

Don't think Big Daddy's FC ever had those. My brother in law, Gary Bolger dorve that car at the time and I do not recall seeing them in any of the pics. Can check with him to be sure.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:12 AM

Nah---I don't remember who it was-  but "streamlining" was tried in the early days by several guys--and those cars had "wings" on them!!  Back in the early 60's!
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:48 PM

Good guesses ...  give a couple of days then ... hints.

 

The type of early slot car side dams. 

 

Short tapered angled starting at or behind the C pillar then up to the rear spoiler.

 

Not only for some down force but more for keeping the car going straight at speed.

 

 

 

Don't think Big Daddy's FC ever had those. My brother in law, Gary Bolger dorve that car at the time and I do not recall seeing them in any of the pics. Can check with him to be sure.

The Wonder Wagon Vega panel was wild.

Very very cool !  I loved that Charger body.

You're right not Big Daddy.


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:15 PM

Bruce Larson, USA1.....................


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Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:11 PM

Bruce Larson, USA1.....................

 Nope ... good guess, but do you remember the mural painted on his Covette F/C rear window ... lol


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 01:59 PM

 Nope ... good guess, but do you remember the mural painted on his Covette F/C rear window ... lol

Ah yes, the '...survived TMI" mural.  LOL

 

I am going to the NHRA New England Nationals Friday.  The 2nd round of qualifying kicks off at 7:30PM so I will get a dose of fuel at twilight.

 

Feeling very nostalgic for mid-70's funny cars.  Modern fuel racing is far to corporate for my liking.

[http://www.70sfunnycars.com/]

 

And "Jungle" Pam, the queen of backup girls and the prototype for those to follow.  Do they even have backup-girls now?

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 02:09 PM

My Vote is for King Kenny Bernstine & his Batmobil...........

 

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Agreed. Kenny Bernstein.

 

In 1987.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 02:18 PM

Ah yes, the '...survived TMI" mural.  LOL :good:  :good: :good:  

 

I am going to the NHRA New England Nationals Friday.  The 2nd round of qualifying kicks off at 7:30PM so I will get a dose of fuel at twilight.

NICE!!!

 

Feeling very nostalgic for mid-70's funny cars.  Modern fuel racing is far to corporate for my liking. Me Too! No variety, or 'funny' stuff and names on the cars.  :clapping: 1800-2000 HP was enough, 8000 hurts.

On TV ... well I do love the Super Slo-mo shots :shok: but that's about it.

[http://www.70sfunnycars.com/]

 

And "Jungle" Pam, the queen of backup girls and the prototype for those to follow.  Do they even have backup-girls now?

[http://junglepam.com/] :heart:  :crazy:

JJ was a true showman !!!  :sun_bespectacled: 

It was all about the show on Match Race days. :D 

 

 


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 02:20 PM

Agreed.

 

In 1987.

 

A decade before that.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:30 PM

Who was the first owner/driver to put 'wings' (vertical side dams) on a Flopper body?

I don't have a clue Bob so I will take a wild guess - "TV" Tommy Ivo.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:26 PM

Good one Nate ... but no.

Speaking of wild...

Did you ever see his Chaparral trailer with the plexi sides so you could see the car in the trailer... very cool for back in the day.

 

 

Some day I'll scan my old drag photos and put that trailer up..


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:34 PM

If it's 10 years earlier than Kenny Bernstein, I doubt anyone will get it, unless they make a lucky guess.


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:56 PM

Kenny was just coming on to the pro touring NHRA funny car scene at that time.

 

Clues:

 

One guy that was running close to Ricks guess even though the Snake was running Sneaky Pete in his frame rails.

Tim is close by and .....  Snoopy might have feared him.

A slot car guy sat with him and said 'hey, over here we are doing this, and it works .. not for downforce, but it will keep the car going straight on the big end'

That was me.

 

If you guys... don't want to play this game any more I'll just say who it is.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:59 PM

Here is another.

 

Who was the first 'kid' to bring his stuff to the track in a tractor-trailer set up?


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:59 PM

Tom McEwen ??


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:02 PM

 

 

 

If you guys... don't want to play this game any more I'll just say who it is.

 

Did you ever give us the answer on to keep a Stocker from going airborne?


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:09 PM

Did you ever give us the answer on to keep a Stocker from going airborne?

Yes ... a piano hinge at the base of the rear spoiler so the spoiler would flop over if the car turn backward.. reducing lift.


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