This is the coolest drag racing video we’ve seen in a long ass time. Filmed at the long dead Boundary Bay Raceway in British Columbia, Canada it features Dick Landy and Grumpy Jenkins match racing in 1975. It is nearly seven minutes of magic because you get to experience what match racing was all about in those days. The show of the dudes spreading the rosin, the dry hops, practice launches, rev throwing, and throngs of fans rabidly pulling for one guy or the other.
We also get to see that a couple of the biggest names in the history of the sport would show up and run on what looks to be an unused runway if the price was right. Watch this one all the way to the end because there’s a neat twist involving Jenkins. After the run, he drives his ass straight back up the strip. The announcers think he is making a victory lap, but he goes up to the starting line and chews someone’s ass through the open door! Total greatness!
What fans of today’s professional drag racing don’t understand is that back in 1975 match racing was how these guys made a living (and a good one at that). There wasn’t a 23 or 24 event NHRA national event schedule, rules about when and where you could test, or throngs of corporate sponsors directing your every move. Landy and Jenkins probably did this several times a week barnstorming across North America for as long as they could each year. While Landy’s career was level by 1975, Jenkins was continuing his rocketship ride into immortality. His Vegas and Monzas revolutionized the class and you can even tell that in ’75 his Vega is lightyears more advanced looking than Landy’s Duster (which may be an older car with new front sheet metal to stay with the times in appearance.
This video is freaking awesome. ‘Nuff said – PRESS PLAY BELOW!