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128 pages

Slingshot Dragsters of the 1960s Photo Archive

Creator: Lou Hart | Transportation - 2005-10-16

Enjoy memorable moments from some of the famed drivers that are highlighted throughout this book.

Publisher: Enthusiast Books

About this book
In the early 60s, front-engine dragsters, or slingshots, featured tubular built chassis powered by a variety of power plants, consisting of small-block Chevrolets, Chrysler Hemi's, Ford, Pontiac, Cadillac, Oldsmobile, and Lincoln motors either fueled on Nitro Methane or pump gas. Wheelbases varied from 110 inches in 1962 to over 200 inches in 1969. During the early sixties, racing legend "Big Daddy" Don Garlits ran a series of "Swamp Rat" dragsters which not only dominated the quarter-mile, but many of his creations were made by using experimental aerodynamic parts to give better traction and faster speeds. During a fuel ban from the late 50s to the early 60s, many chassis builders utilized a two-engine power plant to gain more power that was lost due to running pump gas instead of fuel. One of the most popular twin-engine dragsters was the "Fright Train", powered by twin small-block Chevrolets. The dragster was driven by 16-year-old Bob Muraviez who used the alias name of Floyd Lippencott, Jr. to fool his parents who did not approve of his racing. Near the end of the 60s, the Chrysler Hemi came to dominate Top-fuel racing, as it produced tremendous torque and horsepower. These dragsters were the quickest accelerating vehicles in motorsports. Elapsed times in the quarter-mile were ranging from the 8-second bracket in the early 60s to the low 7's late in the decade with speeds over 200 mph.In 1970 at the AHRA Nationals at Lion's Dragstrip (Long Beach, CA), Don Garlits experienced a violent clutch explosion that cut his dragster in two and severed a portion of Don's right foot. After being sidelined for several months, Don returned to racing with an innovative rear-engine, top-fuel dragster, which would eventually spell demise for the front-engine dragsters. Relive the 60s era of the front-engine dragster, nicknamed the slingshot for it's aerodynamic design in crisp high quality color and black and white photos. Enjoy memorable moments from some of the famed drivers that are highlighted throughout this book.

Top Fuel Dragster

Creator: Robert Genat |

While Garlits' design was initially driven by safety, he unknowingly developed a much better race- car, as the rear engine design inherently offered better balance . By 1973, all of the old front engine dragster chassis were hanging from the ...

192 pages

Drag Racing's Quarter-Mile Warriors, Then & Now

Creator: Doug Boyce | Transportation - 2014-08-15

The dragster now resides in the World of Speed museum in Portland, Oregon. ... By Doug Huegli, Courtesy they joined the exodus away from the slingshot-design dragster and purchased a new rear-engine Gilmore chassis.

Publisher: CarTech Inc

Chassis Directory

The Beginning and End of the Front-Engine Dragster - Hot ...
The evolution of the dragster has seen ups, and downs, but through it all the Top Fuel dragster remains the ultimate in drag racing.

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adventures in building a 1963 front engine dragster

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