Pontiac stalwart Dick Jesse's GTO based flopper was a peculiar amalgam of funny car and dragster. More akin to competition coupe than funny car, Mr Unswitchable was a curious addition to the emerging funny car circus. Perched atop his severely chopped GTO, Jesse resembled a lunatic tank commander high on the scent of methanol, ready to blast his way to victory.Powered by 421 cubic inches of supercharged Pontiac power, Mr Unswitchable is a reminder of a time when innovation tore up the quarter mile. Sadly, funny cars have become generic showponies, indistinguishable other than their hideous advertising.
You would be hard-pressed to describe the original Willys Model 77 as anything other than practical,howeverin the hands of horsepower crazed drag racers this homely little coupe took on an attitude all its own. What may have been best remembered as an austere depression-era relic, hustled its way down the quarter mile and into history as one of the gasser war's finest. Via: The H.A.M.B
For those lucky enough to witness the spectacle, weekends during the 1960's at Southern California's drag strips were horsepower heaven. Mazooma1 from the H.A.M.B was one of the fortunate few and thankfully, for those who missed it, he was armed with his trusty camera.The Holman & Moody prepared A/FX Mustang of Paul Norris caught Mazooma's keen eye in 1965.
Wayne Kady's 1963 Cadillac Concept was a million miles from the staid production models, possibly due to a lack of parking space. Regardless, it did foreshadow the direction Buick would take with the Riviera later that decade.
Surfboards appeared regularly as props in Californian hot rod publications during the surf crazed sixties. Paul Bergeron's Model A woody and quiver were featured in the October 1970 issue of Rod & Custom.
Brands Hatch July 1966. Although related by birth, the Galaxie looks positively gargantuan alongside its pint-sized English cousin. Brian Muir in the Willment Ford Galaxie thunders past a Lotus Cortina.
"Visalia, California, student Gene Chan finds relaxation from studies by driving Chrysler powered '23 T roadster. 331 cubic inch engine is equipped with Isky cam, Edelbrock eight-carb manifold and Spaulding ignition. Paint is candy burgundy. Model T poop deck has louvered lid and '59 Cadillac taillights mounted in tunneled corners. Rear end is flaked '51 Merc."
Ferrari's flagship during the 1950's was the 410 SuperAmerica. Exclusivity was assured with less than 40 examples being produced between 1955 and 1959, no two alike. Whilst hot rodders were busily modifying domestic vehicles in the United States, the Italians were passionately hammering out their own aluminium artworks. The SuperAmericas truly were custom cars, each having breathtakingly individual bodywork and performance to match.
The "Dragginsnake" Cobra of Joel Rosen and Jack Geiselman getting some public highway testing. Motion Performance ran this 289 and their mighty 427 King Cobra on the strip before selling highly modified Chevrolet performance vehicles.