Phil Hobbs had an ugly debut
in the Barber & Engler car at Indy in 1973. Short wheelbase,
no wing... what could go wrong. This was the end of Phil's driving
Larry Dixon Sr. in the
"Howard Cams Rat" during the Fremont WCS in 1976.
Ray Stutz heating the tires on
the Hubbard & McCarthy BBC fueler at Irwindale in 1974. In-N-Out
in the background (some will get that).
The "Iron Butterfly"
TF car, driven by Bill Carter, in the pits at OCIR in 1973.
Three staged shots of the 1972
version of the fabled "Jade Grenade". At this point
this New England car was fielded by the original partnership
of of Flurer-Lenhoff-Thomas. This was the first of two Don Long
cars that wore the brand with several paint schemes and partners
over the next four years until it met an untimely end at NED
in 1975. As seen here, the car no matter its stable mates was
always a show piece.
This is one of the more vivid
shots of John Wiebe and Jeb Allen in a scary crash during the
first round of the 1973 National Challenge race at Tulsa. Jeb
crossed into John's lane and all hell broke loose. Luckily both
walked away but Wiebe had a broken arm.
At the time Wiebe was leading
in points for the AHRA Top Fuel Championship. Aside from both
cars being totaled, Kansas John was out of commission for a few
races. Rules being what they were back then, James Warren was
allowed to put John Wiebe's name on the side of the Warren-Coburn-Miller
car and run for John and the points. Thanks to the WCM team Wiebe
went on to win the Championship.
The biggest piece of
Jeb's car lays dead on the track.