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CLASSIC VIDEO - LOOKING BACK AT THE LAST NHRA RACE OF THE 1970S

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Go back in time to an era when an eight-race season concluded with the final race of the NHRA Winston Championship series in Ontario, Ca. Little did anyone know, the next season would be the last for the super-track just down the road from Pomona.

In this particular event, you will seethe legends as well as a few up and coming legends. Sit back and relax as we present the final national event drag race of the 1970s.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1980 NHRA SUMMERNATS

Take a trip back in time when the SUMMERS meant hot and fast drag racing at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. You'll see the dry hops of old and the legends including Jeb Allen, Dick LaHaie, Don Prudhomme, Billy Meyer and Pro Stock legends Bob Glidden and the late Lee Shepherd.

You'll even see the sportsman finals and a good look at the legendary Wayne County Opel A/Gasser. For some reason, the broadcast missed the Pro Comp final round.

Another great trip back in time with Diamond P producing the show for ABC's Wide World of Sports.

CLASSIC VIDEO - THE EARLY DAYS OF THE BIG BUD SHOOTOUT

 

The Big Bud Shootout started the ball rolling for the race-within-a-race events in 1982. With the support of Budweiser, the NHRA's Funny Cars accumulated points during the season based on qualifying, and on the grand stage of the NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, battled it out in a shootout staged on Sunday for a $25,000 grand prize. The purse eventually doubled to $50,000.

The specialty event would last for ten years before Budweiser stepped away from the program. We have been in our video archives and found the first five years of the program for your entertainment.

Some call these years - 1982 through 1986 - the glory days in drag racing. This video is a reminder of the aura Funny Car projected back then. You'll see all the big names and even a few up and comers.

CLASSIC VIDEO: A CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWCASE - 1980 NHRA WORLD FINALS

 

Take a trip back in time when two of the three professional divisions had championships go down to the wire. This coverage appeared on NBC's Sportsworld, one of three sports variety shows which thrived before the advent of 24-hour sports cable television shows.

In Top Fuel, Shirley Muldowney had to fight off multiple drivers for a chance to win her second NHRA championship at the final race hosted by Ontario Motor Speedway.

The race coverage was broken down into two episodes with one focusing on Top Fuel and the other on Funny Car and Pro Stock. This second part of the video features the historic Pro Stock championship battle between Bob Glidden and the late Lee Shepherd. Ron Colson wins in his final Funny Car race.

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.

 

CLASSIC VIDEO - A GATHERING OF THE MONSTERS AT FONTANA DRAG CITY

Ah, the legendary Fontana Drag City, also known in some circles as Mickey Thompson International Dragway, wasn't considered one of the major drag strips in Southern California but was important enough to establish a role in drag racing's foundation.

The strip, which originated from the old abandoned Gilfillan Field, Played host to strong drag racing shows like the one featured in this classic film featuring the Mickey Thompson 200mph Club Meet. The video is appropriately named "The Gathering of Monsters" and featured the best of the best in Double-A Fuelers back in 1965.

ENCORE - 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 VIDEO - 1972 NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

Goodyear and ABC Sports film 'It sure went up in smoke' takes a look at Big Daddy Don Garlits, Don the Snake Prudhomme and Shirley Cha Cha Muldowney at the 1972 NHRA Winternationals Pomona California

COMPETITIONPLUS TV FLASHBACK - 1978 NHRA WORLD FINALS

NHRA national event racing for 1978 came to a dramatic conclusion this past weekend with the running of the 14th annual Winston World Finals. It was excitement galore at Ontario Motor Speedway: performance-wise, final-round drama-wise, and everything else-wise. It was a picture-perfect finish for the stellar '78 drag racing season, one that the spectators, racers, officials, and manufacturers will long remember.

The NHRA Winston Professional titles in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock might have been sewed up long before the World Finals, but that didn't take anything away from stellar pro action. Rob Bruins, fresh off his Fallnationals triumph, put Gaines Markley's potent mount back in the Top Fuel winner's circle when performance star Gary Beck had trouble on the line. Raymond Beadle annexed the Funny Car crown, stopping Tom McEwen in the final. And in Pro Stock, well Bob Glidden kept his undefeated string alive with his Ford Fairmont by topping Larry Lombardo. - Dave Densmore

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 Sunday afternoon. 

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