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Old 07-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default FAMILY DRAGSTER HISTORY...GOLDEN YEARS OF SLINGSHOTS....part 3

Last i left off was at the end of the 1968 season....Tom Raley was becoming accustomed to his new fueler and it was time to advance....

In the winter of 68-69, my grandad called up Don Long on the west coast again...He needed a new, sleeker and longer chassis with a DEEPER roll cage..(Buster would shake a finger at Raley on the starting line because he hung out so far...slump down in that thing!)...Hanna body, and a new Cerny paint job...

The order was placed and arrived in time for some early spring testing.....



Nanny strapping Raley in...



At the hit...



fillin it up with the pop from the can,,,



Burn outs were becoming a new state of the art deal....you poured your bleach/VHT, did a quick spurt behind the starting line and rolled up to stage....Raley always wore two sets of goggles and Nanny would take em off and then scrape the tires down...










And then the Nationals in Indy...'69.....
My grandparents were in line behind Mulligan when the accident happened....Raley was running consistant 6.50s...went to second round against Snake...only to lose traction and lose the round.....

Shots from the bridge at Indy....



the FAMOUS shot lookin down....





After Indy...Raley would go on to run a 6.64 at Atco(gotta check that date)...solidifying their second NHRA Division 1 Top Fuel Championship...

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Old 07-20-2009, 04:41 PM   #2
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Heres a few more mix of pictures....

National Trails in Columbus Ohio....



On the roller starters....



FAR OUT! it was the 60s after all.....look at those ED PINK racing jackets!







INDY....this car was stunning. The paint job that Cerny accomplished was absolutely beautiful..blue and gold lace with a fade and gold leaf....




In 1970, Raley would show strong and run two national records of a 6.63 and an unheard of 6.53 at the Dallas World Finals...

Heres the record run....



Theres Mr Couch watching at Indy on the top....and the end of the 71 season on the bottom....notice the canards, a caveat of things to come....






In September of 1971, Nanny and Pop got a telegram from Western Union, requesting their presence at the White House. Nixon put together a "gathering of speed convention" with the likes of Petty, Andretti, and Jacki Stewart....Garlits was invited with his new "mid engined" car, but could not attend because he sold it a week prior....So they loaded up from the farm and away they went....

Nixon and Mario lookin at the digger...



Pop (with his back to us) meeting Nixon...



"Wonder if ill fit in that thing Mario??"










By the end of 71, it was becoming harder and harder for the Front engine rails to keep up....Garlits and Pat Foster(testing Woody's car) had run rear engined cars, and were succeeding....(for the most part).....the days of the slingshot were ending sadly...but a few racers would hold out till the bitter end....

Next time ill focus on the dying days of the front engine fuel dragster with my grandparents being outlaw hold outs, and then on to the ARMY days.....


See you in the staging lanes....





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Old 07-20-2009, 05:11 PM   #3
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Outstanding history post!!
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:32 PM   #4
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Nixon, leaning on your car, talking to Mario whilst Jackie Stewart looks on. You couldn,t make this up.
Thank you so much for sharing these fantastic images and stories.
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for taking the time to post this. Its priceless.
I remember the shots from the white house that were in ND. If I remember right he was talking with Stewart and looked over at the FED and said "whats that?"
kind of slighting Stewart who was probably thinking about the Barbaric stupid straight line machine

I saw them run many times.. Great memories...
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:52 PM   #7
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Damn, these threads are so cool. Thanks for taking the time to post them up for us!
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:56 PM   #8
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Thanks for taking the time to post this. Its priceless.
I remember the shots from the white house that were in ND. If I remember right he was talking with Stewart and looked over at the FED and said "whats that?"
kind of slighting Stewart who was probably thinking about the Barbaric stupid straight line machine

I saw them run many times.. Great memories...
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I dont think Stewart could hang on to an Ed Pink early model.....damn roundy sideways racers...








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Old 07-20-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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Another awesome thread........wow at the Whitehouse with all those big names and President Nixon, what an honor.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:34 PM   #10
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....damn roundy sideways racers...



T.H.

Just where were you Friday night son... As a matter of fact I believe you drove EIGHT HOURS for it???

Hmm???


Great posts Tyler!! Keep em' coming!

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Old 07-20-2009, 08:53 PM   #11
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Old 07-20-2009, 09:30 PM   #12
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Wow !!!!!!
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:54 PM   #13
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Just where were you Friday night son... As a matter of fact I believe you drove EIGHT HOURS for it???

Hmm???


Great posts Tyler!! Keep em' coming!

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Haha USAC sprint cars are a breed apart from everything else.....i would have drove 12 hours...

damnit Levi Jones!!






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Old 07-20-2009, 11:07 PM   #14
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Thankyou Tyler, from another FED driver. Thankyou very much, absolutely great! Lippy (with a tear in his eye) in Ks.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:18 AM   #15
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Sweet pictures and a cool story for sure...
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:46 AM   #16
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This history lesson and amazing pictures just keeps getting better. Thanks for this lesson. This is the Great Expectations car I remember so well. Exactly what God intended a Top Fuel car to look like. Mike
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:15 AM   #17
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Thank you for such wonderful pics and memories.

Great Expectations - what a wonderful and classic name for a FED!

Jim and Allison were the antithesis of the leather jacketed drag racing hoodlums, from the folklore of the time. I always appreciated that such an outstanding husband and wife ran a car as monsterous as a 60's FED!

And it was always so cool to see pics of Allison doing pretty much everything that had to be done! that was ultra-cool. Especially considering the times.

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Old 07-21-2009, 11:02 AM   #18
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Heres the '69 nats.....start watching and listening closely around 3 minutes in.....












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Old 07-21-2009, 11:53 AM   #19
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Cool photos, Tyler. Keep em coming.
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Killer burnout twords the end of '70....new chromed headers....








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