Just when you think you’ve seen them all! This is a 10-minute excerpt from a video called Fabulous Floppers that was made in the early 1980s. The best part is that this is the section of the video that they cover the history of funny car development with the likes of Kenny Bernstein, Don Prudhomme, and Steve Evans. The best part of the whole deal is that there is vintage footage in here that we never knew existed. You’ll see cars moving and running that you have only ever seen in still photos and maybe some you have never seen at all. This is truly fantastic stuff.
We’re guessing that all of this footage came from the NHRA archive, which we have visited and it is as big and bad as you think it is. They have material from the earliest days of the sport right up until today but the stuff that you’ll find the neatest here is the action footage of the super stockers, A/FXers, early steel funny cars, and finally the fiberglass cars that came to change the sport in the back half of the 1960s.
Perhaps a shameful admission but I had never seen video of the original Chi-Town Hustler doing its signature monster burnout until this video and once you see it, you’ll watch it like 10 times because this is hero level stuff. The level of smoke generated is just freaking fantastic!
From Jeep funny cars to weidro stuff spinning out in the middle of the track, this one has it all. The language used is fantastic as well. Evans calls funny cars the “Mt Saint Helens of the drag strip”. Artful! This is a must watch for any lover of drag racing history.