Per ace Photog Steve Reyes: "That's
our guy Frankie Martinez at Fremont in 1970 at the NHRA WCS Division
7 race.Frankie exploded a engine in the lights and had a big
fire.With the oil fire out he came bouncing thru the shutdown
area with parts and engine pieces flying everywhere.Note the
one crankshaft main piece hitting the roll cage next to his head.Mike
Bagnod who was standing next to me was hit by one of the block
pieces in the elbow,it fractured Mike's elbow.Anyway Frankie
continued down into the shutdown area near the end of the track.He
never pulled his parachute but stopped on the track.He had minor
burns around his eyes but the big hurt was the engine it had
the front blown to pieces.It took him awhile but Frankie returned
to race his AA/FD again".
In 1960 John Peters teamed with
Quincy Automotive to field this precursor to his string of fan
favoried "Freight Trein" AA/GD.
Back in the day one of the few
tracks wide enough to run Top Fuel 4-wide was "Raisin City
Dragway" in Fresno, CA.