Famed alcohol Funny Car racer Arnie
Karp, who is best known for his series of “Boston Strangler” and Mountain
Dew-sponsored floppers, had his life saved by a kidney transplant several years
ago. Now his sister Elaine is facing the same procedure, only this time her
outcome may not be as favorable as her brother’s.
In an e-mail recently sent to many friends, fans and family, Karp,
now retired from racing, makes a plea for help in the form of a donation and/or
participation in a 3.3-mile walk for Elaine, to be held on September 17 around
the Charles River near Boston. “Elaine,” he says, “is now faced with the same
health issues I had several years ago. She is in need of a kidney transplant. So
far, she had not been as lucky as I was.”
Karp received a kidney from his long-time friend and former
“bottom end” man Pat Murphy, and is now in good health. “It (the transplant) has
been a life-altering experience for both of us,” Karp writes.