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CLASSIC VIDEO - 1986 IHRA POPULAR HOT RODDING NATIONALS, MARTIN, MI.

Travel back in time back to 1986, during the last IHRA season sponsored by Winston.

The Popular Hot Rodding Nationals had been a staple of drag racing for many years, and attended by many of the sport's leading touring professionals. In the past, it had been a major divisional event for the NHRA, but in this season U.S. 131, flying the IHRA sanction, was elevated to nationals event status.

Watch as you see IHRA drag racing's movers and shakers, Kenny Bernstein, Mark Oswald, Tom McEwen, Rickie Smith, Roy Hill, and Carol "Bunny" Burkett battle it out for supremacy in Michigan.

SOUTHEAST GASSERS ASSOCIATION - MOORESVILLE DRAGWAY RECAP SHOW

 

Catch all the excitement of the gear-jamming, wheels-up action from the 2020 season from the Southeast Gassers Association, drag racing's strictest period correct series.

This year marks the ninth season of the specialty series which takes racers and fans alike back to the good old days of 1967. This video focuses on the action from the Mooresville Dragway event, the second race of pandemic-delayed season.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1984 NHRA U.S NATIONALS

The 1984 NHRA U.S. Nationals could have been confused with a Hollywood movie script.

"Big Daddy," the "Bounty Hunter," and the U.S. Nationals battled it out for the big daddy of all drag races.

Don Garlits, joining forces with Art Malone, another veteran racer and the operator of two dragstrips in Florida, came out to the big one at Indy and showed the youngsters how its done -- AGAIN. He won his sixth U.S. Nationals.

Significant winners included Jim Head (Funny Car) and Warren Johnson (Pro Stock).

CPTV VIDEO: RARE 1977 U.S. NATIONALS VIDEO WITH SOUND

Rare home video captured from the 1977 NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. And just as a teaser, this video opens with the small block Vega of Paul Blevins jamming the gearbox with Jenkins Competition horsepower. Did we mention there's real cackle from the Blue Max?

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1985 IHRA STROH'S NATIONALS, DARLINGTON, SC

Travel back in time during the action-filled 1985 season, when the drag racing was filled with excitement.

During this season, the IHRA was a serious player in drag racing when their Winston-sponsorship drew the big names to NASCAR-related venues such as Darlington, SC. This season will forever be remembered as the one when Kenny Bernstein became a championship player, Bruce Allen filled the void left by the loss of Lee Shepherd, and cars such as Dale Pulde's Buick Miller Warrior Funny Car became an attraction.

The Stroh's Nationals was season-ending event on the IHRA tour, and in this episode you will see plenty of Funny Car action, along with the mountain motor Pro Stocks. Don't be surprised if you see some sportsman action as well in this ESPN broadcast.

VIDEO FLASHBACK - 1981 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

There was one thing you could always count on when it came to racing at National Trail Raceway located outside of Columbus, Ohio. More times than not it would rain on your high horsepower parade.

The NHRA recognized the true meaning of sideways rain during the 1981 event which was rained out and returned the following weekend where it rained more through severe thunderstorms. While today's drag racing coverage is accustomed to video at night. Back then, producer Diamond P, did the best they could with the resources available.

VIDEO FEATURE - THE CLOSEST CALL WITH MIKE DUNN

Mike Dunn is a decorated veteran of nitromethane drag racing. However, these accolades didn't mean he didn't take a scary ride or two. The 1983 season, Dunn's third behind the wheel of Roland Leong's Hawaiian Punch Mopar Funny Car , was nearly his undoing.

Dunn had two severe crashes during the season, both of which were no fault of his. However, this didn't mean he didn't take a couple of sporty rides. The worst by far was his top end crash at a distance-challenged National Trail Raceway. Dunn walked away without as much as a scratch in an incident which could have taken his life if not for the forethought of then NHRA Race Director Steve Gibbs' decision to put in a second catch net.

Hear, in Dunn's words, about the moves he made to walk away from a crash which should have taken his life.

RARE VIDEO AT CPTV - 1981 DRAG RACING OLYMPICS AT GREAT LAKES

If you are a fan of the classic nitro, you are absolutely going to be in heaven with this five-part presentation. From Bill Huseth video productions, comes this classic home video from Great Lakes Dragaway and the 1981 Olympics of Drag Racing. You'll see the Snake, Goose, Shirley, Burgin and more. 

STORYTELLERS ENCORE - GARY DENSHAM TELLS THE STORY OF 'I THINK I HIT SOMEONE'

 

A video series from the makers of the Legends: The Series, CompetitionPlusTV presents the best stories of drag racing as told by the legends themselves.

In this episode, Gary Densham tells the story about the day he was at one of the Funny Car shows in Canada, promoted by a gentleman who carried a "big ole .45" on the front of his belt.

During the event, Densham was approached by rocket car exhibitionist Fred Goeske with the belief he'd hit someone during his run. Sit back and enjoy the humorous tale, as Densham spares no detail.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1986 IHRA NORTHERN NATIONALS, MILAN, MI.

Travel back in time for the final season of the IHRA's Winston sponsorship.

The IHRA was founded in 1971 by Larry Carrier and Carl Moore, and grew into a worthy opponent for the long established NHRA, and the AHRA. The then Bristol, Tenn.-based sanctioning body was known for thinking outside of the box with its procedures, many of which were adopted by the NHRA and remain in existence today.

This episode is epic. You will see all kinds of veterans such as Kenny Bernstein, Mark Oswald, Ed "The Ace" McCulloch and Scott Kalitta. The Pro Stock field is loaded down with the veterans such as Bob Gldden, Bruce Allen, Roy Hill and Frank Iaconio. You'll also see an up and coming Darrell Alderman as well as teenage drag racing sensation Tommy Johnson, Jr., working his way from the alcohol ranks to nitro. 

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