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CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 NHRA NORTHSTAR NATIONALS - TF - TAFC

Up until this point, drag racing's television presentation had largely been in syndicated status, appearing at random times on random networks. This was one of the earliest presentation on The Nashville Network.

You will see the greats such as Shirley Muldowney, Gary Beck and Gary Ormsby, as well as an up and coming Frank Manzo.

CPTV VIDEO - CLASSIC PRO STOCK & COMP ELIMINATOR FOOTAGE FROM BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Check out this classic home video footage from Brainerd International Raceway in the early-1980s. You will see Pro Stockers, Modifieds, and Competition Eliminator action. A special treat is footage of Jerry Hemmingson's A/Gas Pinto as well as the late John Hagen and his Pro Stock Mopars.

CLASSIC VIDEO - HIDDEN HEROES FEATURING WARREN JOHNSON

Travel back to the mid 1980s when the show Hidden Heroes followed some of drag racing's iconic names. The show, broadcast on the Nashville Network was a Diamond P production and took the cameras behind-the-scenes to introduce race fans to some of the sport's more dynamic individuals.

This episode spends time with the legendary "Professor of Pro Stock" Warren Johnson.

CPTV CLASSIC VIDEO - REMEMBERING DIAMOND P's DECADE OF THRILLS II

Legendary television personality and announcer Steve Evans and iconic drag racer Don Prudhomme continue their discussion of drag racing highlights up until 1990 in this Diamond P compilation. You'll see many of drag racing's highs and lows during a drag racing era when politics were minimal and excitement was maximum.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 NHRA NORTHSTAR NATIONALS - FC-TAD

Go back to an era when television broadcasting was at a crossroads. This rare coverage from the 1983 NHRA Northstar Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., features coverage of the fuel Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster divisions.

Up until this point, drag racing's television presentation had largely been in syndicated status, appearing at random times on random networks. This was one of the earliest presentation on The Nashville Network.

You will see the greats such as Kenny Bernstein and Frank Hawley, as well as an up and coming Darrell Gwynn in his pre-Top Fuel days.

CLASSIC VIDEO - LOOKING BACK AT THE LAST NHRA RACE OF THE 1970S

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Go back in time to an era when an eight-race season concluded with the final race of the NHRA Winston Championship series in Ontario, Ca. Little did anyone know, the next season would be the last for the super-track just down the road from Pomona.

In this particular event, you will seethe legends as well as a few up and coming legends. Sit back and relax as we present the final national event drag race of the 1970s.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1980 NHRA SUMMERNATS

Take a trip back in time when the SUMMERS meant hot and fast drag racing at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. You'll see the dry hops of old and the legends including Jeb Allen, Dick LaHaie, Don Prudhomme, Billy Meyer and Pro Stock legends Bob Glidden and the late Lee Shepherd.

You'll even see the sportsman finals and a good look at the legendary Wayne County Opel A/Gasser. For some reason, the broadcast missed the Pro Comp final round.

Another great trip back in time with Diamond P producing the show for ABC's Wide World of Sports.

CLASSIC VIDEO - THE EARLY DAYS OF THE BIG BUD SHOOTOUT

 

The Big Bud Shootout started the ball rolling for the race-within-a-race events in 1982. With the support of Budweiser, the NHRA's Funny Cars accumulated points during the season based on qualifying, and on the grand stage of the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, battled it out in a shootout staged on Sunday for a $25,000 grand prize. The purse eventually doubled to $50,000.

The specialty event would last for ten years before Budweiser stepped away from the program. We have been in our video archives and found the first five years of the program for your entertainment.

Some call these years - 1982 through 1986 - the glory days in drag racing. This video is a reminder of the aura Funny Car projected back then. You'll see all the big names and even a few up and comers.

CLASSIC VIDEO: A CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWCASE - 1980 NHRA WORLD FINALS

 

Take a trip back in time when two of the three professional divisions had championships go down to the wire. This coverage appeared on NBC's Sportsworld, one of three sports variety shows which thrived before the advent of 24-hour sports cable television shows.

In Top Fuel, Shirley Muldowney had to fight off multiple drivers for a chance to win her second NHRA championship at the final race hosted by Ontario Motor Speedway.

The race coverage was broken down into two episodes with one focusing on Top Fuel and the other on Funny Car and Pro Stock. This second part of the video features the historic Pro Stock championship battle between Bob Glidden and the late Lee Shepherd. Ron Colson wins in his final Funny Car race.

CPTV VIDEO: FUNNY CAR SUMMER AT CHRISTMAS

07_02_2011_cptv_funnycarsummerOn this Christmas Day, if you have an hour or so to spare, tune into an American drag racing icon -- Funny Car Summer. This drag racing movie follows Jim Dunn, his family and their unique rear-engine Funny Car into the legendary California tracks and beyond.

Grab some eggnog, get comfortable in your chair and enjoy this blast from the past. Hook your computer speaker to the arm of the chair and pretend you're at the drive-in theatre. Ah, those were the days.

 

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