I'll open this page with my favorite
adult beverage, vodka. Darryl Greenamyer driving his new "Smirnoff"
AA/FD at Las Vegas in 1967. In my opinion the Smirnoff car was/is
one of the most beautiful diggers ever! It was an SPE chassis,
with body by Sorrell from a design by Steve Swaja. The great
pearl paint was by "Reuben". On each of the 392's valve
covers was a large "Z" (for guess who?)
New shots of the beautiful Smirnoff
car in the mid to late summer of 1967, Darryl Greenamyer, Fred
Williams of Pennzoil, Dave Zeuschel and in the seat, new driver
This is the first known photo
of the Smirnoff car after its maiden outing in Vegas. Larry Dixon
in the seat during the 1967 March Meet.
Like war vets, the ground fighters
of drag racing are passing away at an alarming rate. We recently
lost San Diego scrapper Ron Goodsell. Ron may not have been a
national standout but he was well known and highly respected
west of the Rockies. Of all the cars he owned/drove most will
remember him for his innovative "calliope" car. Here
are a few shots in Ron's memory.
Ron Goodsell's 1968 car. Now
in the latter years of the front engine dragsters very few were
really unique (aka trick) but this one was. It was a Woody chassis
which had four corner suspension. It was, I believe, the first
dragster to run a Crowerglide. I also believe that Ron was the
first to use a "helmet cradle" in the roll cage (even
before Pete Robinson). The injectors were one-of-a-kind "calliope"
Crowers. The engine was out further than most and sat nearly
level. There were other little "trick" innovations
on the car and trust me, it drew a lot of attention when it ran.
Ron and crew accepting
a check for what I assume was a win at Carlsbad.