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Watch Jim Head Ride Out One The The Most Awesome Wheelies In Top Fuel History And Still Run In The 4s (Quarter Mile)


Watch Jim Head Ride Out One The The Most Awesome Wheelies In Top Fuel History And Still Run In The 4s (Quarter Mile)

These days Jim Head is a stalwart on the NHRA funny car trail but in years past, Jim was a tough competitor in the top fuel ranks and basically whatever else he decided to race. This video, taken what looks to be in the middle to late 1990s shows Jim Head during his top fuel days pulling an astounding wheelstand at the Texas Motorplex, never lifting and running a four second lap out the back door (under the listed 5.11 bump spot on the board!). We’re not sure if the wheelie bar broke, wasn’t pinned, or deflected but you NEVER see a top fuel car do this and do it with such grace and control. The fact is, most of the times a fuel dragster start to come up like this they end up over backwards in a heap from a blow over. Thankfully for Head, the car settled down in the correct orientation and didn’t get too much air under the body to lift the whole thing over.

The crowd seems to be as stunned as we were when we first watched this video that Jay Mazzotta sent us to look at with the headline, “So sick!” He’s right. This is one of those videos you can watch 10-12 times and try to analyze exactly what happened to get the car into what looked to be the launch position for a cruise missile. You can catch up with Jim Head and his driver Blake Alexander at the Las Vegas NHRA event which is coming up in a few weeks.

They’ve been making progress this season and as a single car operation doing it on their own, that’s 100% BangShift approved in this day and age.

PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE ONE OF THE COOLEST, LONGEST, AND FASTEST TOP FUEL WHEELIES OF ALL TIME PULLED BY JIM HEAD –


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3 thoughts on “Watch Jim Head Ride Out One The The Most Awesome Wheelies In Top Fuel History And Still Run In The 4s (Quarter Mile)

  1. Chas

    Still have his t-shirt that I got at Englishtown in the early 80’s. It say “Gimme Head Till I’m Dead”.

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  2. Wes

    I want to say this run was at the 1992 or 1993 installment of the Chief Auto Parts Nationals. I had an interesting vantage point of the run from in front of the tower. All I could see was wing and front tires for a long time, then the spray of oil. Crowd went nuts and all the fuel crew guys watching near me were in disbelief.

    Head called this dragster his “noodle car” as it was one of the first true slip-tube designs where the bottom rails were not rigidly welded to the uprights. The engine angle was way low, too. Almost funny car-style.

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  3. Drslmr

    Based on comments made by Wes, I concur with the 1992 or 1993 estimate. I saw it up close and personal in the staging lanes in Sonoma and recall examining the car from every angle looking at the impressive engineering no other TF Dragster had. The longer I looked the realization it was something special set in. If I had to choose a favorite “modern era” dragster, this is it.

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