Of all the cars and trucks that filled the nearly one million square foot Las Vegas Convention Center last week during SEMA, the most historically significant race cars is this one. Don Prudhomme’s 1970 ‘Cuda Funny Car is the actual car he raced against Tom McEwen during the famous “Snake and Mongoose” days when the pair were backed by Hot Wheels and became household names in the early to mid 1970s. This isn’t a recreation, this thing is the restored real deal from that period. It stands as not only a great reminder of the “Snake and Mongoose” but also as a fantastic look into what a Funny Car actually was in the early 1970s. This car was located in the NHRA display during the show and what we believe is a recreation of the Mongoose car was parked on display in the lobby. You’ll be seeing lots of both cars in the coming weeks and months as publicity for the Snake and Mongoose movie ramps up.
Scroll down to learn about this famous car through photos we shot at the 2012 SEMA show and captions!