Very early photo of modern space-frame,
'66 Comet Logghe FC No. 1, soon after early 1966 test runs at
Palm Beach Intl. Raceway, Florida. Note the headers, still with
collectors. These were soon replaced with individual header pipes
that were swept back and out, under the chassis and body. This
car and those that followed dominated FC racing for two seasons.
Logghe cars dominated FC for nearly a decade after.
The Akins & Hardcastle "Stinger"
Astin Martin driven by Gary Sutherland in 1967. It was born as
a AM/SP car and then converted to run the budding funny car craze.
So, wasn't a funny car per-se but a forerunner for sure.
This is the chassis of Dale Armstrong's
"Canuck" that was a steel 1964 Chevy II that he gutted
and installed a blown SBC. This photo graphically illustrates
how archaic the early "floppers" were. Just take a
moment to contemplate the so-called drivers seat/cage. Then picture
today's funny car cockpits.
How many of us who raced in SoCal
took the weekly trek to 10,000 R.P.M. Speed Shop to buy nitro
and other weekend necessities. The answer is a bunch. It was
ether here or Mickey Thompson's that the most addictive drug
we know was sold. If I remember correctly it was a whopping $5.50
Richard Rogers in the Austin
& Grassi Fuel Cuda at Calgary in 1967. It was obviously a
dragster turned flopper to cash in on the new funny car craze.
This car has been restored and can be seen at selected cacklecar
Jim Hodges in his "Banzai"
wagon at Calgary in 1974.