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SEASON 3, LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF THE BLUE MAX

 

It’s hard to imagine that any race car had a bigger international fan base in the 1970s and early ‘80s than did the legendary Blue Max, a Funny Car that captured the imagination of an entire generation of adrenaline junkies.

When the late Harry Schmidt had a replica of a German military medal for valor emblazoned on the side of his race car, he could not have imagined what would ensue. Although the ‘Max’ was exceedingly popular from the day it first rolled to the starting line at the 1970 Winternationals, it didn’t really hit its stride until Raymond Beadle came on board in 1975, first as partner with Schmidt and later as sole owner and driver.

In this episode of Legends: The Series, Season Three, “Waterbed Fred” Miller, D. Gantt and Dale Emery, the mechanical trio whose talents sent Beadle to three NHRA and three IHRA world championships as well as countless match victories in the U.S., Canada and England, talk about their amazing run, their Hall of Fame driver and the unique team chemistry that made all of their success possible.

 

CPTV NEWS - JAY PAYNE'S ST. LOUIS CRASH VIDEO

Pro Mod racer Jay Payne walked away from a wild ride when Payne’s Camaro went out of control near the finish line and made contact retaining wall before coming to a stop Friday at the AAA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park.

BENCH RACING WITH BRANDON MUDD - TALKING WITH KEITH HANEY

 
A new podcast from the team at CompetitionPlusTV, Bench Racing with Brandon Mudd travels the world of drag racing, interviewing the sports more colorful personalities. In this episode, we catch up with Keith Haney, businessman extraordinaire as well as track owner and door slammer racer.

CPTV FEATURE - SOUTHEAST GASSERS FROM BRAINERD OPTIMIST DRAGWAY

The Southeast Gassers, drag racing's most period correct series recently competed in Ringgold, Ga, with an array of period-correct Willys, Anglias, 55 Chevy and Chevy II machines. The event is just like they ran in 1967.

The show is hosted by radio personality David Lancaster.

CPTV VIDEO - REMEMBERING THE GREAT DALE HALL

Dale Hall was nothing short of a magician when it came to making a small block Chevrolet work within the unlikely confines of Pro Comp eliminator, the class which predated the Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car divisions.

CPTV VIDEO - REMEMBERING A LEGEND: THE WAYNE COUNTY OPEL

 

In a never-ending search for the proverbial “unfair advantage,” racers have chased speed secrets since the sport began. No matter how well they’re running, everyone knows a trick engine combination, aerodynamic advance, soft weight break, or even a simple loophole in the rules can keep them a step ahead of the rest.

 

If ever there was a case of applying those principles and succeeding, the Opel GT campaigned by the Wayne County Speed Shop in the late 1970s and early ‘80s fits the bill. The car’s existence and success is a classic case of looking at the rules for a given class and building a better drag racing mousetrap for it.

CPTV NEWS: ALRIGHT, WHO GOT PAT MUSI RILED UP?

Pat Musi has been in the doorslammer game for decades; he's raced it all from Pro Stock to Pro Street to Pro Modified. Evidently, someone has rubbed the multi-time drag racing series champion the wrong way and he reached out to CompetitionPlus.tv to help him convey the message. He never reveals who his target is, but we have a sneaking suspicion. Who tried to play staging games with Lizzy Musi?

CPTV VIDEO - RON CAPPS CRASHES HIS NAPA FUNNY CAR

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series racer Ron Capps, 51, from Carlsbad, Calif., was okay after a racing incident in the first round of the Funny Car portion of the NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The parachutes in Capps’ NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car deployed late in the shutdown area and the racecar continued into the sand trap. Capps’ Funny Car flipped upside down and was caught by the safety net. Capps, with the assistance of NHRA emergency services, exited the dragster under his own power. He was checked by NHRA emergency services before being released.

CPTV INDY - ROBERT HIGHT'S BODY-SHREDDING EXPLOSION

WILD CRASH - TERRY BARKELY'S EXPLOSIVE ANARCHY AT THE ARCH CRASH

Terry Barkely experienced one of the nastiest doorslammer crashes we've ever seen. During the Premiere Street Car Association's Anarachy at the Arch event in St. Louis, Barkely lost control of his ride during the Pro Modified semi-finals narrowly missing opponent Eddie Rogers. The end result was a horrific fiery crash. The good news is Barkely was uninjured. Great job by ace videographer Sean Melton of Urban Hillbilly videos. 

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