1971 NHRA Supernationals - Ontario
Motor Speedway. Twin-engine dragsters were not uncommon in the
NHRA gas classes, but this pair is a great contrast of design
ideas built to achieve the same result. Some of the differences
are: front engines vs rear engines, full bodywork vs semi-open
rail, blown Chevys vs blown Hemis, wing vs wingless. At top is
Jim Bucher's Kenner SSP-sponsored twin Chevy front-engined digger.
This is the common setupinline twins up front. Contrast
that with the Dom Paris twin Hemi rear-engined dragster. Very
rare setup. Although 1971 marked the final year for Top Gas classes
in NHRA for that era, Paris did came back in '72 with a light
nitro mix to run Top Fuel for a short time. This also marked
the last call for forward mounted engines, which were all but
gone from the winner's circle after 1972.
ProComp Art Nolte at
Irwindale in 1976. Check out the supercharger set up
Dennis Baca hooked up
at Fremont in 1976.
Bernie Schacker at a 1970 AHRA
race with what many feel was the first successful RED. Historians,
including WDIFL, give Garlits the #4 spot with his 1971 car.
Unfortunately for the first 3 (Schacker, the Kaiser Bros. and
Dwane Ong) did not have the credentials or performance to influence
the entire sport to throw their FEDs in the trash and follow
The late master painter
Bill Carter in 1974.