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The American Powertrain Parting Shift: Watch Bob Glidden Beat Warren Johnson Like He Owes Him Money At Maple Grove ’88


The American Powertrain Parting Shift: Watch Bob Glidden Beat Warren Johnson Like He Owes Him Money At Maple Grove ’88

In this case we are heading back nearly 30 years to the 1988 NHRA Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania. We find Glidden in the semi-final round against Warren Johnson and there was certainly no love lost between these guys. Intense competitors and rivals, they forged some of the most memorable battles in the class through the 1980s.

Both guys are trying to make their way into the finals to face off against Jerry Eckman who had blasted his way through to the money round in the previous pair. Eckman, driving the cool and very yellow Pennzoil Firebird that carried him to many race victories was at the top end waiting to see who he’s be competing with. Is there a good choice between WJ and Glidden? We don’t really think so!

One of the things we love about watching Glidden drive is just how relaxed he seems in the car. Some of the guys look like robots in the car as the have programmed themselves to be exacting in their movements and they do not flinch a muscle that they don’t need to use. Glidden has a very relaxed look, an intense look, but not a stiff robotic look in the car.

It had to have been terrifying to race this guy for about a 15 year stretch. As you’ll see in this video, even the titans had their struggles trying to take him down.

Press play below to see Bob Glidden beat Warren Johnson like he owes him money –


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6 thoughts on “The American Powertrain Parting Shift: Watch Bob Glidden Beat Warren Johnson Like He Owes Him Money At Maple Grove ’88

  1. 69rrboy

    I was there for that one. Etta always ran that pit area and autograph line like a drill sergeant. Their whole operation was top notch. Bob pretty much ruled that class from 80 with the Arrow until the early 90’s.

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  2. Gary

    Bob’s accomplishments are even greater than can be seen on the surface. NHRA changed the rules on him so often, they even chenged the rules on the Ford’s between qualifying and eliminations at at least one event! Anything to give GM products an advantage. I’m Mopar to the core, Ronnie Sox was the best 4 speed driver of all time. But Bob was the greatest owner/builder/driver of all time.

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