Gerry Glenn - "Atlas
Oil Tool Special" - AA/FD - OCIR, 1969
"Come the middle of June
of that year, the car was no more; during the final round at
Lions on that Saturday evening, the clutch came apart in the
lights, cutting the car in half, sending Gerry tumbling through
the traps end over end. The cage came to rest at the outside
of the right lane (the car started out in the left lane) with
Gerry partially hanging out of it - the quick release buckle
getting caught up under his chin kept him from being thrown out
completely. He was unconscious when help arrived but he came
through with just a broken left (clutch pedal) foot.
Bateman quickly had Woody build
a new short-bodied car which never got painted; Pat Foster drove
it till Gerry healed up and by the end of the year he was back
in the saddle. By 1970, Big John got the funny car fever and
had Woody build him his first - a Maverick bodied car which your
good buddy John Collins dumped on its first weekend out, if I
remember correctly, when air pressure induced body sag caught
the scoop-less Hilborn that John liked to use and kept the throttle
open. Remember now, this was after Collins had crashed twice
while driving for Dave McKenzie in his Goodyear Blue Streak Special.
John rebuilt again - another Pinto FC that John again drove and
this one stayed out of trouble." Photo and commentary by "Digger" Ralph
Don Ewald - "Mason, Kay
& Ewald" - AA/FD - 1970. Rob Mason and Jack Kay went
fuel racing out of the blue. Neither had ever had any kind of
race car prior to this. This was not a bad ol' hot rod, but we
ended up putting their engine in my Buttera car and did quite
Another classic view of Lions
in 1963 from a spectators angle. The car in the near lane is
"Wild Bill" Alexander in the Ernie's Camera AA/FD racing
the "Howard Cams Twin Bear" with Jack Chrisman up.
Nice AA/FD shot by Alan
Earman from the old tower at Lions.
John Mulligan in the
Adams-Wayre-Mulligan fueler at Lions in 1966.
Jr. Fueler from the old
tower at Lions.