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CPTV CLASSIC VIDEO - REMEMBERING DIAMOND P's DECADE OF THRILLS II

Legendary television personality and announcer Steve Evans and iconic drag racer Don Prudhomme continue their discussion of drag racing highlights up until 1990 in this Diamond P compilation. You'll see many of drag racing's highs and lows during a drag racing era when politics were minimal and excitement was maximum.

STORYTELLERS WITH RICKIE SMITH: SOMETIMES YOU SPANK THE MONKEY, SOMETIMES IT SPANKS YOU

 

Long before Rickie Smith became an iconic door slammer racer, he was an athlete, with letters in both football and wrestling. Such athletic prowess can make one feel invincible, and for the kid from King, NC, he was feeling a bit of himself. A recipe for disaster includes the town fair, youthful testosterone, a feeling of invincibility, and a primate with an attitude. Rickie tells the story about the day he crossed paths with a chimp sporting a bad attitude.

CPTV WEEKEND TREAT - 1980 PHR NATS

07_16_2011_martinTravel back to a time when Dragsters and Funny Cars did dry hops. Pro Stockers pulled the levers. This was a time when drag racing's video coverage was more about tape delay and syndication and ESPN was still in its infancy.

CompetitionPlus.tv, via Youtube.com, visits U.S. 131 Dragway [Martin, Mich.] for the Popular Hot Rodding Nationals during the 1980 season.

This event wasn't a national event on the NHRA Winston World Championsip Series. It was instead an NHRA Division 3 points race and a staple of the drag racing "must run" events. In this event, professional drivers gathered points towards the chamnpionhip. Ironically this event was staged on the same weekiend as the NHRA Molson Grandnational in Montreal, Quebec.

Many of the teams raced both events on this weekend.

STORYTELLERS - MUSI, SMITH, HILL AND THE ADVENTURES OF CAP'N UNDERPANTS

They could embellish, but it wouldn't be their style. They could hold back a few details, but that wouldn't be their style either. Hold on as CompetitionPlusTV corrals in the trio of Pat Musi, Rickie Smith and Roy Hill for a storytelling session where they share the exploits of the day they crossed paths with a gentleman they describe as "Captain Underpants."

SEASON 4 REWIND - LEGENDS: THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF GARY SCELZI

Few drag racing flames ever burned brighter than Gary Scelzi’s. In a pro career spanning just 10 full seasons, five in Top Fuel and five in Funny Car, the native Californian won 37 NHRA tour events, three Bud Shootouts and four championships while endearing himself to friends, fans and rivals away from the track with an offbeat sense of humor.

When he won the 2005 NHRA Funny Car title, he became just the second driver in history to hoist the championship hardware in both fuel categories.

CLASSIC VIDEO: THE WONDER OF DRAG RACING

wonderA neat look back to drag racing of the early-1970s in the Wonder Bread promo featuring an overall look at NHRA Championship drag Racing. There are plenty of cameos, including the fabulous Wonder Wagon driven by Kelly Brown.

 

 

STORYTELLERS - KENNY BERNSTEIN TELLS THE STORY OF DYNO DALE

The legend of Kenny Bernstein and Dale Armstrong has been well-documented over the course of the last three decades. However, this doesn't mean the King of Speed Kenny Bernstein doesn't mind talking about one of the most influential persons in his life, Dale Armstrong. In this new episode of Storytellers, Bernstein shares the experience of building a nitro dyno, and all of the fun which accompanied it.

SEASON 3, LEGENDS: THE SERIES - WATCH THE ENTIRE SEASON

Watch every episode of Legends: The Series, Season 3 in this home page for the popular online documentary series. 

CPTV CLASSIC VIDEO - RARE FIND OF US 30 DRAGWAY ACTION WITH SOUND

 

Chicagoland drag racing is much different now than it was back in the 1970s.

A stadium-style facility, built in the late 1990s, plays host to a stop on the 23-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in Joliet, Ill. Up until 1984, a coliseum of sorts, located 30 miles east of Joliet, once served as the host to the nitro gladiators of yesteryear.

Don’t be confused, US 30 Drag Strip in Gary, Indiana was no Route 66 Raceway. However, it served a purpose for hundreds of thousands of drag racing fans in Chicago.

STORYTELLERS - SCOTTY CANNON ASKS, "WHAT EXACTLY IS A FUNNY CAR?"

Scotty Cannon, when he raced Pro Modified, was one of the more innovative and edgy racers. When we say it edgy, this description had nothing to do with his mohawk-hairdo and appearance, and every bit his tendency to walk the fine line of the rulebook. In this episode of Storytellers, Cannon discusses the time he used an Oldsmobile Funny Car to create one of the more aerodynamic Chevrolet Lumina Pro Modified entries with chassis builder Tommy Mauney.

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