This is a story,
not unlike hundreds of others that played out across the country
in the 1960's. Get a few guys who love drag racing together,
they pool their resources, call in some favors and build a dragster.
Most of us never thought about documenting one of these adventures
but Glenn Cupit did. This page is basically the story of the
Cupit-Cunningham-Cupit Chevy powered AA/FD that had more than
its share success racing throughout the South in 1965. Glenn
went on to be involved in numerous other forms of motorsports
and boat racing. He currently lives in the Baton Rouge area and
is a member of the Standard 1320 Group.
Waits dragster and the Cupit gang in 1960.
Ball & Gilbert Watermeier, wrench for Terry's A/FD in 1964.
Cunningham's A/FD undressed.
at Laplace Dragway in 1964.
and Albert Waits at Laplace Dragway in 1964.
who would team up with the Cupit Bros. had his own A/FD in 1964.
The car had a fine "pedigree" as it was Lefty Mudersbach's
last twin pictured below in 1962.
and the late "Q-Ball" Wales in the Wales & Candies
fueler at Laplace Dragway in 1964. Like the Logghe-Steffy-Marsh
"Giant Killer" the better running lightweight injected
fuel Chevy's could hold their own with the blown fuel hemis.
If the hemi won it was usually on the other end.
In 1964 Wayne
Smythe started construction of the CCC car in his garage in Westwego,
LA. Here are some shots of the car as he completed it.
The car done
(less paint and chrome), with its Arty Ross fiberglass body,
in front of Wayne Smythe's house before its trip to Glenn's garage
for the engine.
up and ready to play.
With the body
out for paint, Glenn and brother Robbie got the engine installed
and all the linkage etc. placed.
makes its debut.
Forrest Ball, Cunningham and Robbie Cupit.
v. Albert Waits at Monroe, LA in 1965.
One of the cars
the CCC team ran into a lot was the Carroll Bros. & Oxman
at Opelousas Dragway.
oil at Hattiesburg in 1965. Glenn Cupit, Wayne Smythe and Forrest
up leave at Laplace, LA.
Drag Strip (Opelousas) newsletter, "Tire Marks" - 1965
Division 4 Points Meet win.
Glenn & Robbie Cupit get Cunningham suited up and "installed".
shots from Hattiesburg, LA
out on "Junkyard" Pete Mattei.
- May, 1965
catch up to "Junkyard" Pete Mattei at Opelousas Dragway.
Four guys who
all raced together in the 50's. Glenn Cupit, "Chevrolet"
Pete Mattei, Bob McGuire and Boogie Scott at a reunion in 2004.
There are two
Pete Mattei's - cousins. "Junkyard" Pete owned a wrecking
yard. "Chevrolet" Pete worked with Glenn at Chevrolet
Motor Division and was an instructor at General Motors Training
Center in New Orleans. "Chevrolet" Pete won B/SR at
the 1958 NHRA Nationals. Boogie Scott was a 1st year inductee
in the NHRA Div 4 Hall of Fame around 1980. Boogie has had only
one means of livelihood for the past 50 years - he is a race
car fabricator supreme. He has never worked for anyone.
Boogie has built
many nationally known chassis, but few knew he built them. Here
is his scratch-built street rod roadster (that was on the cover
a year or so ago of a Street Rodder how-to magazine).
And his scratch built (including body) Bonneville M/R he built
everything except the motor (Paul Vanderlee of Biloxi built it)
and drove it! He went 238 in 2005. Boogie is 69. He now lives
in Covington, LA. During the time we had the C&C fueler,
Boogie and Glenn lived about a mile apart in Jefferson, LA. Boogie
worked on just about all the New Orleans cars, including Q-Ball,
Albert Waits, and most of the car.
Wales in the Wales & Candies fueler on 6-20-65 at Opelousas
Dragway. He was killed in this car two weeks later due to a chute
failure at Monroe, LA. Terry Cunningham ran Q-Ball the run before
he was killed at Monroe. Terry red-lighted, putting Q-Ball in
the final. The CC car had better times that night, with 7.7's
to Q's 7.9's. To this day they say that if Terry had not red-lighted,
they would probably have won the event and Wales would not have
been in the final and would still be alive.
This is a memo
from the Monroe track manager in response to Wales' accident.
The track never did convert to 1000'.
regular on the Southern circuit was Ron Sylvester.
SBC car with no ID.
to Glenn by a fan.
Tommy Ivo and his trusty sidekick John "Tarzan" Austin
made some stops in Lousiana during their 1966 tour.
40 years to 2005 at Don Prieto's annual 4th of July bash in Torrance,
CA. Glenn Cupit, Lee Schelin, TV Tommy Ivo and Don Prieto who
attended the same high school in New Orleans as Glenn 50 years
Glenn had this
jacket monogrammed for Don's party. It is a close replica of
the kind of jackets they wore in the late 50's and early '60's.
passed away in Jan, 2005. We were BEST friends for 49 years!
I loved Terry as much as a straight guy can love another straight
guy! <grin> I really miss him. This is a photo of Terry
after a 166 MPH lap at Talladega, in 2002.
Commentary by Glenn Cupit
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