McLean left the team to race on his own not long after the season was over. Speaking of which, what about the other end of the spectrum? Bill Pryor drove both cars for Narramore. He brought a level of professionalism and image to a fledgling group of racers on the cusp of a movement larger than they could imagine. This page displays our selection of the very best and most entertaining automotive humor we are aware of. The Corvette gave way to an equally wicked Tommy Mauney-built Pontiac Trans-am, which along with his large cubic inch Gene Fulton engine, made it a fan favorite on both the big and little stage. My fellow judges certainly would examine the careers of all possible nominees, and undoubtedly would include the numbers of wins, the sport-changing trends, and the general weight of the contributions attributed to each individual nominee.
His son, Kurt, followed him into the sport and has 40 wins to date. He earned four Indy car championships, one in Formula One and won one Indianapolis 500. Photo courtesy of Gary Hojnacki; info from Bret Kepner and Draglist files Here is a good photo of a rare funny car. Donning pink sunglasses, equally loud sneakers and a carefree attitude combined with an on the edge of out of control Mercury Zephyr, Feurer represented the intensity of the movement; a type of Wylie E. I started pushing my stuff to the next level and by the time I got to where I could almost run alongside of him, he went nitro racing. Paula Martin worked her way up the funny car ladder. Then there came those Quick Eights in the southeast, then the national ones and before Wiggins knew, he had helped to pioneer the Pro Modified class.
He also won two championships in the rival International Hot Rod Association. Auto racing has been around for over 100 years, and the sport has been consistently dominated by men. The team had great success in Pro Comp and decided to step up to Top Fuel in 1977. The next morning her father went out to the driveway to get the newspaper and came back into the house frowning. The movies star British badass Clive Owen.
Schumacher, who celebrates his 43rd birthday on Christmas Day, has achieved incredible success, including seven Top Fuel championships—six of them in a row from 2004 through 2019. Those fans will never know how much they inspired us. Have another swig; in fact you can drink the whole bottle if you like. Thousands upon thousands of deserving sportsman, bracket, and motorcycle racers were not considered for this list and are not listed at draglist. He then set his sights on Top Fuel racing, where he continues to win until this day. For Hahn, just knowing the role he played in helping to develop the Pro Modified class and revisiting memory lane works as a meaningful salve.
Everyone admired the balance and accessibility of the Mazda. The first biker walked up to the old man, pushed his cigarette into the old man's pie and then took a seat at the counter. They helped me and I was appreciative for them. Later, Seaton sold his operation to driver Terry Hedrick, who renamed the car Super Shaker — a handy combination of two of the most popular flopper names. Similarly, the Mercedes-Benz Vito is also badly named. Two categories of racer are clearly underserved both in our Top 50 list and on our website: the sportsman drag racer and the motorcycle drag racer. Cristen Powell has retired from drag racing for the time being.
Simmons got the Vega to run 6. Harmon finished his nitro career in one of the former Pacemaker funny cars of Gordie Bonin. The team finished her match race dates in loaned car from Don Schumacher. Until then, no doorslammer driver running under the major sanctions had ever gone as fast as 200 miles per hour. Vicky Piria The beautiful , like many other young drivers, started in karts at age 4. These are our favorite car commercials ever. Della made infrequent appearances until the early nineties in the beautiful Dodge Daytona, running a 5.
Billy Meyer, president of the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, finished in 10th. I get the credit, and at the end of the day, I won all the championships, and it was good for me but I was blessed. Add to that his fuel funny car debut, where he made the Speed Racer machine the second quickest car in the sport, and Dale Armstrong soared to the top easily. Liv got her one shot to pilot the Mobil 1 Trans Am funny car, running a shut off 6. We were just sportsman racers trying to pioneer a new class. Known as one of the best technical minds in the business, Glidden was a whiz under the hood.
And, second best was 18th in the 2012 U. Honda Fitta is another little about town cracker. Either way, I hope our Draglist Top 200 brought back some fun memories for you. It was also a highly feared funny car campaigned by Raymond Beadle. Astonished, the other driver looked in his rear view mirror and swore at Eddie. The new configuration for Ashley was potent enough to earn No. After struggling for many years at the beginning of his career, Force broke through for his first win at the 1987 Montreal event, and that opened the proverbial floodgates.
It was also made entirely using parts from the latest Honda Accord at the time. Vandergriff successfully match raced on tracks that would make the most seasoned stunt men think twice about walking down, much less driving a car. No matter if it's driving and winning championships, or cutting up small or large groups with his ever-present humor, there's no question Force is one of the greatest athletes and entertainers the sports world has ever seen. That car had a big engine and an automatic transmission with a converter. If it had four wheels, Andretti typically excelled at it. Being so hands-on was the only way for Garlits to know that the job had been done right the first time.