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#CLASSICDRAGRACING: 1988 NHRA SUPERNATIONALS, BRADENTON, FL.

The year was 1988, and NHRA was engaged in a full-scale war, the likes of which hadn't been seen since the IHRA became a formidable force in drag racing. Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer had just purchased the series from Larry Carrier and moved it to Waco, Texas, and likewise pulled his crown jewel of a race track out of the NHRA and put it in IHRA.

One of the staples of the IHRA schedule was rain, and so much so the IHRA actually was recognized as "it has rained again." The Super Nationals in Bradenton, Fla., was originally supposed to be the season-opener but because of rain, it fell in line behind Darlington, which had traditionally been the season opener.

1977 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS VIDEO FEATURING SPORTSMAN

Travel back in time when NHRA Sportsman racing scored time on the big stage of television with the Winston professional series broadcasts. The video is from the 1977 NHRA Springnationals in Columbus, Ohio with the primary focus on the sportsman divisions with mentions of the professional classes.

You will see eliminations in Pro Comp, Comp and Modified. There are highlights from Stock and Super Stock as well as the professional finals. Dave McClelland is your host.

CLASSIC VIDEO - TELEVISION BROADCAST OF 1978 NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS

 

Take a trip back to 1978, when the NHRA Summernationals lived up to its name in early July, at the legendary Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. Take some time and watch this affiliate broadcast which features all the action of the incredible drag race and the accompanying commercials of the time

Let's set the stage. Shirley Muldowney was the defending Top Fuel champion, but a young Jeb Allen was coming into his own. Don "The Snake" Prudhomme was on his way to another series championship in Funny Car, but on this weekend there was a mounting opposition to the Snake's dominance. And who could have ever thought what would happen when Bob Glidden showed up with a Ford Fairmont.

Enjoy the day, or at least an hour of it, with this gem.

REMEMBERING ROLAND: LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF ROLAND LEONG

Although he had driven competitively at some loosely organized events in his native Hawaii and even though he had enjoyed some driving success in a Top Gasser on the mainland, Roland Leong probably would not have become a drag racing legend if his need for speed hadn’t sent him crashing off the end of Lions Drag Strip on his first lap as an aspiring Top Fuel driver.

STORYTELLERS WITH JIM ODDY - GIVE ME MY TROPHY BACK!!!

Storytellers, the entertaining series created by the producers of Legends: The Series, allows drag racing's legends to tell their stories of the good old days for drag racing.

Jim Oddy had two things going against him in the Southern-born and bred Pro Modified division. No. 1, he was a Yankee. And, No. 2, he ran a blown doorslammer in a sea of nitrous cars. So when Oddy's driver, Fred Hahn, won a second consecutive race, the good ol' boys protested him and the series believed they had caught him. Turns out they were wrong, and the car was legal. The problem was that the celebration in the winner's circle was done, and the trophy given elsewhere.

1985 NHRA SUMMERNATIONALS - ENGLISHTOWN (FUNNY CARS)

The 1985 season was a banner one for drag racing, and Funny Car in particular. Filled with unique Funny Cars and scores of major sponsorships, drag racing fans were treated to hot rods such as the Kenny Bernstein Tempo and especially Dale Pulde's Buick Somerset Regal. Take a trip to Raceway Park and immerse yourself in the action.

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.

 

ENCORE - LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF BOB GLIDDEN

Bob Glidden was as blue collar of a drag racer as one could be. And, what made his status more impressive, is he did it on the big stage of NHRA professional drag racing. 

Glidden remains a throwback when championships were earned by hard work and not so deep pockets. There were deep pockets, yes ... but they generally belonged to those trying to catch him. 

 

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1974 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

Here's another one of those early NHRA Diamond P broadcasts and what makes this neat is the coverage of more than just the top three professional divisions. Additionally, you will see Pro Comp, Comp, and Super Stock. This show sets the stage for future drag racing syndicated coverage.

STORYTELLERS ENCORE - AL TUCCI TELLS THE STORY OF RACING ROY HILL

If you think noted door slammer announcer Al Tucci is entertaining as an announcer, then you haven't heard him tell a story. Tucci, in this episode of CompetitionPlusTV's Storytellers, reveals the day he match raced "Uncle" Roy Hill through a shopping mall parking lot, and literally took his life into his own hands. What makes this tale even better the statute of limitations has run out on this 1990s gut-splitter. If you're at the office and not supposed to laugh heartily, this isn't the video for you to watch at this time.

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