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CLASSIC VIDEO: 1985 IHRA STROH'S NATIONALS, DARLINGTON, SC

Travel back in time during the action-filled 1985 season, when the drag racing was filled with excitement.

During this season, the IHRA was a serious player in drag racing when their Winston-sponsorship drew the big names to NASCAR-related venues such as Darlington, SC. This season will forever be remembered as the one when Kenny Bernstein became a championship player, Bruce Allen filled the void left by the loss of Lee Shepherd, and cars such as Dale Pulde's Buick Miller Warrior Funny Car became an attraction.

The Stroh's Nationals was season-ending event on the IHRA tour, and in this episode you will see plenty of Funny Car action, along with the mountain motor Pro Stocks. Don't be surprised if you see some sportsman action as well in this ESPN broadcast.

SOUTHEAST GASSERS - LONDON DRAGWAY RECAP SHOW

 

Catch all the excitement of the gear-jamming, wheels-up action from the 2020 Southeast Gassers Association, drag racing's strictest period correct series. This year marks the ninth season of the specialty series which takes racers and fans alike back to the good old days of 1967. This video focuses on the action from London Dragway, the pandemic-delayed season-opener. 

VIDEO FLASHBACK - 1981 NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS

There was one thing you could always count on when it came to racing at National Trail Raceway located outside of Columbus, Ohio. More times than not it would rain on your high horsepower parade.

The NHRA recognized the true meaning of sideways rain during the 1981 event which was rained out and returned the following weekend where it rained more through severe thunderstorms. While today's drag racing coverage is accustomed to video at night. Back then, producer Diamond P, did the best they could with the resources available.

VIDEO FEATURE - THE CLOSEST CALL WITH MIKE DUNN

Mike Dunn is a decorated veteran of nitromethane drag racing. However, these accolades didn't mean he didn't take a scary ride or two. The 1983 season, Dunn's third behind the wheel of Roland Leong's Hawaiian Punch Mopar Funny Car , was nearly his undoing.

Dunn had two severe crashes during the season, both of which were no fault of his. However, this didn't mean he didn't take a couple of sporty rides. The worst by far was his top end crash at a distance-challenged National Trail Raceway. Dunn walked away without as much as a scratch in an incident which could have taken his life if not for the forethought of then NHRA Race Director Steve Gibbs' decision to put in a second catch net.

Hear, in Dunn's words, about the moves he made to walk away from a crash which should have taken his life.

RARE VIDEO AT CPTV - 1981 DRAG RACING OLYMPICS AT GREAT LAKES

If you are a fan of the classic nitro, you are absolutely going to be in heaven with this five-part presentation. From Bill Huseth video productions, comes this classic home video from Great Lakes Dragaway and the 1981 Olympics of Drag Racing. You'll see the Snake, Goose, Shirley, Burgin and more. 

STORYTELLERS ENCORE - GARY DENSHAM TELLS THE STORY OF 'I THINK I HIT SOMEONE'

 

A video series from the makers of the Legends: The Series, CompetitionPlusTV presents the best stories of drag racing as told by the legends themselves.

In this episode, Gary Densham tells the story about the day he was at one of the Funny Car shows in Canada, promoted by a gentleman who carried a "big ole .45" on the front of his belt.

During the event, Densham was approached by rocket car exhibitionist Fred Goeske with the belief he'd hit someone during his run. Sit back and enjoy the humorous tale, as Densham spares no detail.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1986 IHRA NORTHERN NATIONALS, MILAN, MI.

Travel back in time for the final season of the IHRA's Winston sponsorship.

The IHRA was founded in 1971 by Larry Carrier and Carl Moore, and grew into a worthy opponent for the long established NHRA, and the AHRA. The then Bristol, Tenn.-based sanctioning body was known for thinking outside of the box with its procedures, many of which were adopted by the NHRA and remain in existence today.

This episode is epic. You will see all kinds of veterans such as Kenny Bernstein, Mark Oswald, Ed "The Ace" McCulloch and Scott Kalitta. The Pro Stock field is loaded down with the veterans such as Bob Gldden, Bruce Allen, Roy Hill and Frank Iaconio. You'll also see an up and coming Darrell Alderman as well as teenage drag racing sensation Tommy Johnson, Jr., working his way from the alcohol ranks to nitro. 

STORYTELLERS - BUDDY MARTIN TELLS OF THE DAY CRACK KILLED THEM

Buddy Martin has been there, done that and has the t-shirt.

The famed & Martin portion of the legendary Sox & Martin duo has stepped up on the stage to tell one of his finest moments in the early 1960s when a cracked windshield was enough to get their car torn down in class eliminations at an AHRA event.

Hear the story in the words of a doorslammer drag racing icon when a cracked windshield from a towing incident was deemed a performance advantage.

FEATURE VIDEO: GLIDDEN VS. SHEPHERD: 1980 AN UNLIKELY CHAMPIONSHIP

 

There was no Countdown to the Championship necessary to build excitement for the battle which took place the season someone stood up to what seemed like NHRA's Pro Stock bully.

The reality is, Bob Glidden was not a bully anywhere but behind the wheel of Pro Stocker. He was one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet but on the race track he pushed the competition around. In fact, once Glidden took over the NHRA Pro Stock point lead in 1978, he never relinquished it until January 1980 when a trio of Texans stepped up to say enough is enough.

Reher-Morrison-Shepherd proved to be this Superman's kryptonite. In this documentary style feature from CompetitionPlus.com, travel back to a season when Lee Shepherd raced the seemingly unbeatable at every race throughout the season, setting the stage for the final event. Hear the story from those who lived through this war, including an interview with the late Bob Glidden.

VIDEO FEATURE - IT'S ALL IN THE FLYWHEEL, PT 1

Thanks to CompetitionPlus.com reader Monty Bogan, we are able to present what will be a multi-part series of home videos shot by him at IHRA events from 1993 until 1996, focusing on the old Modified Eliminator in an era when stick shift cars winded high and dumped the clutch.

You'll see a gaggle of high-winding Corvette Stingrays, Chevy II's and Camaro working the gearbox on both eighth and quarter mile runs.

You see facilities such as the old Shuffletown Dragway, Greer Dragway, hio Valley Raceway and legends Thunder Valley Dragway in Bristol, Tenn., and Darlington Dragway in Darlington, SC.

Who knows? You might catch some Quick Eight Pro Modified footage in there too.

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