Hi Chuck, Nice to hear from you...It was August 13, 1960. All of the final round elimination racers were all lined up in the staging area/starting line around 9 PM. We were the first to race, one on one for the C/Gas final. Our 58 black Impala was behind our 40 Willys and we were running around getting things off our check list. Back in the end of the staging area was the Albertson Olds FED with Leonard Harris driving, going for 13 straight Top Eliminator wins. There were people along the spectator seating near the fence. They got some of the fire extinguishers from somewhere and gave them to us. The Willys was locked into the fence, burning. No one could put it out with the extinguishers that were there and a couple from the racers on the return road. Atts Ono stayed with the Willys until everyone left the track, racers and spectators. We both went back on Sunday to put the burned out Willys on a flat bed trailer. Junji From the spectators seating bleachers, it was a ringside seat. So, you probably saw the flaming ball rolling across the track (after my brother jumped out beyond the traps) and wedged itself into the fence. The author of the latest book on Lions Dragstrip mentioned to me that he was in those stands as a young college kid. He still could not get over the flaming Willys just nearby the seats. I can still see the whole fiasco in my mind, to this day. When my brother was still around years afterwards, his burns always reminded me of the incident. I am sure it reminded him daily. There were other crashes and accidents through out the years, but there were only a few fireball incidents that actually shut down the racing for the night. In the next week's issue, Drag News played it down calling it a stoppage from a C/Altered that blew a clutch and spread things all over the track. (IT WAS C/GAS...) The flying pieces of the clutch, bell housing, and scattershield were spread all over the track, but the flaming Willys was the thing that stopped all racing.