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CLASSIC VIDEO - A GATHERING OF THE MONSTERS AT FONTANA DRAG CITY

Ah, the legendary Fontana Drag City, also known in some circles as Mickey Thompson International Dragway, wasn't considered one of the major drag strips in Southern California but was important enough to establish a role in drag racing's foundation.

The strip, which originated from the old abandoned Gilfillan Field, Played host to strong drag racing shows like the one featured in this classic film featuring the Mickey Thompson 200mph Club Meet. The video is appropriately named "The Gathering of Monsters" and featured the best of the best in Double-A Fuelers back in 1965.

ENCORE - LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF DARRELL RUSSELL

 

Darrell Russell was destined for Top Fuel stardom Anyone could gauge his immense potential.

Almost before his career high gear, though, the sport was cruelly robbed of his certain greatness.

Handpicked to succeed driver/owner Joe Amato, then the winningest driver in NHRA Top Fuel history, Russell immediately proved to be the perfect choice. He won his debut as a Top Fuel competitor -- only the third driver ever to accomplish that feat -- and over the next 3 1/2 years, he charged to five more victories with 11 additional final-round appearances.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1972 NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

Goodyear and ABC Sports film 'It sure went up in smoke' takes a look at Big Daddy Don Garlits, Don the Snake Prudhomme and Shirley Cha Cha Muldowney at the 1972 NHRA Winternationals Pomona California

COMPETITIONPLUS TV FLASHBACK - 1978 NHRA WORLD FINALS

NHRA national event racing for 1978 came to a dramatic conclusion this past weekend with the running of the 14th annual Winston World Finals. It was excitement galore at Ontario Motor Speedway: performance-wise, final-round drama-wise, and everything else-wise. It was a picture-perfect finish for the stellar '78 drag racing season, one that the spectators, racers, officials, and manufacturers will long remember.

The NHRA Winston Professional titles in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock might have been sewed up long before the World Finals, but that didn't take anything away from stellar pro action. Rob Bruins, fresh off his Fallnationals triumph, put Gaines Markley's potent mount back in the Top Fuel winner's circle when performance star Gary Beck had trouble on the line. Raymond Beadle annexed the Funny Car crown, stopping Tom McEwen in the final. And in Pro Stock, well Bob Glidden kept his undefeated string alive with his Ford Fairmont by topping Larry Lombardo. - Dave Densmore

CPTV CLASSIC - BURNOUT THE MOVIE

A troubled teenager, whose sole desire is to become a great drag racer, almost ruins his own dreams when he spurns his dad's racing advice. But support from his girlfriend enables him to prove his abilities to the racing world, his father and himself.

You'll see a few cameo appearances from the classic drag racing community. It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

CPTV VIDEO - WIND 'EM UP, DUMP THE CLUTCH MODIFIEDS

Travel back in time to 1981, the last year of Modified Eliminator. We've found this gem featuring old Gas and Modified Production cars banging the gearbox at Connecticut Dragway. Crank up the speakers you will love this one.

COMPETITIONPLUS TV FLASHBACK - 1970S NHRA DIVISIONAL ACTION FROM EDMONTON, ALB.

If you love classic drag racing, then you are going to love this presentation of divisional racing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. You'll see everything from gear-jamming class racing to nitro competition. If you listen very closely, the host sounds a lot like NHRA VP of Operations Graham Light, who used to run the track.

VIDEO - A GAGGLE OF REALLY COOL DRAG RACING THEMED COMMERCIALS

Commercials are the life's blood behind television programming. In fact, there was a time when the commercials became just as entertaining as the National Football League's Super Bowl.

We had some extra time, so we set out on a journey to find some of the best drag racing-themed commercials. Here's a good number of what we found.. Watch them all because there are some downright entertaining pieces.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1970 NHRA SUPERNATIONALS - ONTARIO, CA.

Travel back in time to 1971, to the season finale, the NHRA SuperNationals at Ontario Motor Speedway. The new Ontario Motor Speedway was a crown jewel amongst race tracks, and the competition the NHRA brought along was just as precious.

You'll see the early years of the Funny Cars, as well as the Pro Stockers with Dick Landy cameos.

This video truly takes you back to racing the way it used to be, nearly fifty years ago.

CLASSIC VIDEO - CHICAGO STYLE DRAG RACING FROM U.S. 30 DRAGWAY

Travel back in time to a race track located 30 miles outside of Joliet, Illinois, where match racing was king.

US 30 Drag Strip in Gary, Indiana was an experience indeed, with the grandstands and the pits more entertaining with its betting and fanfare than anything else.

"It was probably more dangerous outside of the car than inside," Top Fuel racer Luigi Novelli said with a laugh. "There was a lot of betting going on there. There was some bullets flying from time to time too."

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