Competition Plus has this great video from the 1983 Northstar Nationals and man is it fun to watch. We’re talking about all the great NHRA Drag Racing you want to see, and all the greats behind the wheels. This is from a time when American Sports Cavalcade was covering all these races and they were airing on TNN, The Nashville Network. If this video doesn’t make you smile, then you’ll probably want to stop being a car guy or girl.
Go back to an era when television broadcasting was at a crossroads. This broadcast on the American Sports Cavalcade was aired on the new Nashville Network, one of the new stations of cable networks in 1983. The 1983 Northstar Nationals was broken into two broadcasts. One featuring Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Funny Car, and the other with Funny Car, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol Dragster and Competition Eliminator.
We’ve merged the two broadcasts into one presentation, so some of the seguways might be a little off, but now you know why. You will see the greats such as Shirley Muldowney, Gary Beck and Gary Ormsby, as well as an up and coming Frank Manzo, referred to as Monzo.