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CLASSIC VIDEO: 1984 IHRA SPRING NATIONALS VIDEO

Thunder Valley Dragway, the crown jewel of IHRA facilities, annually hosted the richest professional drag race with unheard paydays in the Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock divisions. Consider this ... in 1980, Larry Carrier paid a whopping $20,000 to win in both Top Fuel and Funny Car divisions. Pro Stock took home an impressive $10,000.

The 1984 season marked a change for the IHRA as Top Fuel was dropped from the program leaving the fuel Funny Car division as the lone nitro division.

This rare video features coverage of the Pro Funny Car division as well as the mountain-motored Pro Stocks.

You'll see the stars of the era ... Billy Meyer, Mark Oswald, Denny Savage, Dale Pulde, Lee Shepherd, Roy Hill and more. This video also features sportsman categories.

If you look really closely during the broadcast, you'll see John Force and the king of the '55 Chevrolets Charles Carpenter.

HAPPY NEW YEAR - THE STEVIE "FAST" JACKSON CALL-OUT LIST

NHRA Pro Modified champion Stevie "Fast" Jackson has not forgotten his drudge racing roots. To start off the season, he's calling out a bunch of folks.

Jackson believes many of the competitors are hiding behind excuses. No one is safe, especially if they are in doorslammer racing. 

Even the 16-time champion John Force isn't safe. 

WHEN YOU'RE SO POPULAR SANTA WANTS YOUR AUTOGRAPH

 

Cameron McMillen reminds us of all of the innocence of a child. The six-year-old budding drag racer has been a hit with the drag racing world, so much so his famous Top Fuel driving, and Indianapolis-winning dad Terry McMillen is an afterthought.

On Saturday afternoon, at the NHRA Auto Club Finals, Cameron was summoned to the ropes to meet a fan. Mind you this was no ordinary fan. This was the white-bearded man, who's best known for his world-traveling sleigh. There was no traditional heavy suit; just a red hot rodder's t-shirt, with a pair of red jeans and a ball cap out at the drags for a day of horsepower.

You'll smile when the jolly man meets the driver of his choice and walks away with an autograph. In the end, he might have scored his old man some parts and a few goodies for himself.

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.

 

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 Saturday afternoon. 

CPTV CLASSIC VIDEO - RARE FIND OF US 30 DRAGWAY ACTION WITH SOUND

 

Chicagoland drag racing is much different now than it was back in the 1970s.

A stadium-style facility, built in the late 1990s, plays host to a stop on the 23-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Joliet, Ill. Up until 1984, a coliseum of sorts, located 30 miles east of Joliet, once served as the host to the nitro gladiators of yesteryear.

Don’t be confused, US 30 Drag Strip in Gary, Indiana was no Route 66 Raceway. However, it served a purpose for hundreds of thousands of drag racing fans in Chicago.

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 DRAG RACING ON CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR

 

This race was chock full of excitement from the veterans, including Big Daddy Don Garlits, Raymond Beadle and the terror of Pro Stock Bob Glidden. You'll see exciting action including Jeg Coughlin Sr.'s scary crash while racing Top Fuel.

CPTV VIDEO - WATCH HOT ROD THE MOVIE

 

When there's no racing to be had, it's always good to tune into a drag racing flick. In Hot Rod, a drag-racer enters a local championship race. However, he runs up against the town boss, a corrupt sheriff who has already made arrangements to ensure that his own son wins the race.

RARE VIDEO: AHRA/PRA NATIONAL CHALLEGE, TULSA, OK.

ahra praThanks to Bob Petit's YouTube.com page, we bring this home video footage. If there's a downside, the sound of the race cars are replaced by those of the projector.

 

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