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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.

#LEGENDS:THE SERIES - THE LEGEND OF MARK OSWALD

Mark Oswald’s drag racing career has literally been a step-by-step ascent to the top like none other.

As a teen, the Cincinnati native hitchhiked his way to local drag races and became hooked for life. He fibbed his way into a job in a machine shop to spend more time around cars and learn what made them tick.

He began racing a ‘68 Camaro and climbed the rungs until he and friends Tom Kattelman and Ross Thomas built a Top Fuel car that they massaged into a national event-winning ride. Their performance, including a runner-up showing for the IHRA csrown, earned him a slot in the legendary Candies & Hughes cars. It was a powerhouse team, as Oswald powered to six championships, half of which came in one year when he swept the NHRA, IHRA and AHRA crowns.

For the past 15 years, he put his mechanical expertise to work full-time as a crew chief, and his skillset helped make it possible for Antron Brown to capture three NHRA Top Fuel titles. Brown has lauded Oswald as “one of the best drivers, innovators and crew chiefs that our sport has ever seen.”

Learn more about this Hall of Fame competitor in the latest installment of “Legends.”

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1981 SOUTHERN NATIONALS

Travel back in time to the inaugural NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga., just outside of Atlanta. This event was the first sanctioned after the facility made the switch from IHRA sanction to NHRA. The quality is a little rough but good enough to appreciate this blast from the past. In addition to the great racing, there's a glimpse of the nighttime qualifying from the original April 1981 event.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1980 NHRA WORLD FINALS - TOP FUEL

Take a trip back in time when NHRA appeared on NBC's Sportsworld, a sports variety show aimed to do battle with ABC's Wide World of Sports. 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 video focuses on the historic three-driver championship battle eventually won by Shirley Muldowney at the final race hosted by Ontario Motor Speedway.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1980 NHRA WORLD FINALS - FC - PST

 
Take a trip back in time when NHRA appeared on NBC's Sportsworld, a sports variety show aimed to do battle with ABC's Wide World of Sports. 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 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 STORYTELLERS - MIKE DUNN TELLS "FREE AT LAST!"

Second-generation nitro superstar Mike Dunn hung up his driving a suit a long time ago, but remains close to his memories. The former Funny Car driver turned television analyst turned sanctioning body president smiles when he talks about the good old days of drag racing.

In this new episode of Storytellers, Dunn speaks of his first experiences out on the road as a driver of the Bear Town Shaker.

Dunn, who said the experience of going out on his own was priceless, had all the makings of a future legend with ambition, natural talent and a tendency to think outside of the box.

AN ENCORE: REMEMBERING THE GOOSE - MIKE DUNN INTERVIEWS TOM MCEWEN

The passing of Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen was a surprise and a shock to myself and I’m sure everybody else that new him well. Even though you know that it is inevitable, you always think that your heroes are never going to die. I know he was 81 and had some health issues in the past but I was lucky enough to interview him at the March Meet this year and like always, he had that quick wit and could remember things in his career that made the interview seem like it could have been done during his driving days. I never thought when I was doing the interview that it would be my last time talking with him, but I am so thankful that I had the opportunity. RIP Goose 

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