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1979 NHRA WORLD FINALS - 1ST RD FUNNY CAR

Classic footage with Raymond Beadle, Don Prudhomme, Tripp Shumake, Gordie Bonin, Tom Ridings, Jim Adolph, Billy Meyer and an up and coming John Force.


 


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1973 IHRA Northern Nationals
This rare clip features footage of the 1973 IHRA Northern Nationals in Muncie, Ind. Watching this video will make one appreciate where track and drag racing safety is today. This nearly 10 minute video has Top Fuel racers Dick LaHaie, Paul Longenecker, Dale Funk, Pat Foster, Jim Paoli and Al Hanna.





1977 NHRA Gatornationals
First round of Top Fuel from 1977 Gatornationals when tv coverage was syndicated.





Funny Car History
Excerpts from the Diamond P video "Fabulous Floppers". Narrated by the late Steve Evans with NHRA Funny Car Champions Kenny Bernstein and Don "The Snake Prudhome".





Don Prudhomme's Car Collection & Race Shop Tour!
Take an inside look at Don Prudhomme's race shop in Vista, CA with Snake as he gives information about many of the dragsters and funny cars in his collection. He also provides up-close looks at both of the original, restored Snake & Mongoose 1967 Dodge D700 Hot Wheels Ramp Trucks!





1979 NHRA World Finals - Finals Rounds
The final installment of the 1979 NHRA World Finals in Ontario, Ca. See Don Garlits, Gordie Bonin and Bob Glidden.





Drag Racing Nostalgia from American Nitro
Jungle Jim Liberman and an intense blend of flesh, fire, and burning rubber. Filled with the hairiest crashes, flips, explosions, and fires imaginable. It's a thrill a minute following the drivers, their gutsy sex charged women and the awesome machines that attract them both. Buy the DVD at http://americannitro.com and follow a ground pounding spectacle that builds to a climactic showdown between drag racing legends Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen.





Don Prudhomme CACKLES the 1978 Plymouth Arrow Army Funny Car!
The 1978 Plymouth Arrow Army Funny Car cackles with Don Prudhomme behind the wheel! Snake piloted this car to his fourth consecutive NHRA Funny Car Championship (1975-78) - marking his last championship season as a driver!





48-Year Itch!
When the stars line up in front of me, I just have to record it. I have no choice. And this was one of those moments. I don't know if this will ever happen again. I certainly hope it will--and in front of the grandstands at some selected NHRA events. For you see, you just don't see this happening at all-- when you look back at how unlikely it is that the car and the driver would still be around in 2012! Take the driver, Don Prudhomme. How many times did he make full passes in a top fuel dragster or funny car? And for how many years? In short, it's a miracle that he is in one piece, after all that--and he is! Thank goodness! Then the car: The Greer, Black, and Prudhomme dragster, built by Kent Fuller and raced from 1962 through 1964, with the original partners, it ran up an incredible record at southern California tracks of 81 wins and only 8 loses! (According to Phil Burgess) Then lengthened--bought and raced as the "Bonanza" for a while, eventually stripped of it's motor and left sitting for years. Restored by Steve Davis, bought by Bruce Meyer--How likely is it that it would be allowed to join up with "Snake" for this moment? Pretty unlikely--except that it's owner Bruce Meyer, is a good friend of Don's, and after hearing about Rick MacDonald, they gave him the nod to bring the car to the track, and push start it to life. Now the driver could have been someone else....but it wasn't. That's what makes this fire up so significant. And like I said: All we can do is hope that this mind blowing moment will happen again at a track near you. And if you hear they are coming, better "Make the Scene". For the chance may not come again. Like an old legendary cowboy on a white horse in your local parade. And all you need to do is what you did when you were a kid: Sit on the curb and watch him go by. Perfect. :)





Don Prudhomme Story Part 1
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1982 NHRA U.S. Nationals, Part 4
1982 NHRA U.S. Nationals coverage





Raymond Beadle AA/FC at OCIR 4-18-1981
Raymond Beadle in the Blue Max AA/FC at Orange County International Raceway, Irvine, CA, 4-18-1981.





Don Prudhomme and John Force AA/FC at OCIR 5-9-1981
Don Prudhomme in the Pepsi Challenger and John Force in the Mountain Dew AA/FC at Orange County International Raceway, Irvine, CA, 5-9-1981.





NHRA U.S. Nationals 1982, Part 1
This is Diamond P's coverage of the 1982 NHRA U.S. Nationals. You'll see all of the legends from back in the day with this coverage featuring the late Steve Evans and Dave McClelland. You'll see Shirley Muldowney, Bob Glidden, Ken Veney, Raymond Beadle and Don Prudhomme just to name a few. Hard to believe this footage is almost 28 years old.





1979 NHRA WORLD FINALS - SEMIS
This is a continuation of the semi-finals from the 1979 NHRA World Finals in Ontario, Ca. Names include Gordie Bonin, John Force, Don Garlits and Rob Bruins.





Funny Car Drag Racing In The '70s And '80s
A slide show of my collection of Funny Car pictures from the '70s and '80s along with clips from Diamond P at the 1986 North Star Nationals and the 1986 US Nationals.





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