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CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 IHRA SPRING NATS

02 02 2012 cptv 1983 ihra springnatsTake a journey back in time when Funny Cars still looked like real cars, Pro Stockers did dry hops and sportsman racing was included in the professional television show. The Mizlou Sports Group published this television broadcast of the 1983 IHRA Spring Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. You'll see Gary Beck, Scott Kalitta, Raymond Beadle, Al Segrini, Lee Shepherd and Rickie Smith. Best of all, you'll get to witness drivers taking the famed Bristol dogleg.

CLASSIC VIDEO: 1977 NHRA SUMMERNATS

summersCompetitionPlus.com has uncovered another classic drag racing video gem.

This time, courtesy of Diamond P Sports, we bring you coverage of the 1977 NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, NJ. Travel back in time when the term Summernationals was one of the major and ALWAYS meant drag racing in July at the famed Raceway Park.

STORYTELLERS ENCORE - HE'S A MAD MAN (AUSTRALIA AND JOHN FORCE, PART 2)

A new 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, Funny Car veteran Gary Densham continues his entertaining tale of John Force Down Under and the day he crossed paths with a bona fide crazy man.

VIDEO FLASHBACK - 1976 NHRA WORLD FINALS

diamondpTake a trip back in time when there were half as many events, not as much corporate involvement and the final event of the season was held on the then luxurious grounds of Ontario Motor Speedway just outside of Los Angeles.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with dry hops, nitro legends and the screaming whine of small block Pro Stockers.

#LOVETHISLIFE - THE MIKE LEWIS EDITION

This episode of #lovethislife features Mike Lewis, a jack of all trades amongst the movers and shakers in drag racing. 

#lovethislife has an in-depth coversation with Mike about his experiences as a boy in Pennsylvania, at family-owned Maple Grove Raceway, his path to California and NHRA, and his life in Indianapolis at DSR. He also opens up about his family and friends, and his experiences behind the wheel in the nitro ranks. A great watch - don't miss it.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1980 POPULAR HOT RODDING NATIONALS

Thanks to the forward thinking of former Funny Car racer Ron Colson this video exists.

Colson's Colson Communications was responsible for shooting and producing this video, which back in the day was cutting edge for a drag racing presentation. NHRA Drag Racing was syndicated, and while we are uncertain if this appeared on any television station, it was available in VHS in an era when this medium was still in its formative stages.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: 1984 IHRA SPRING NATIONALS - BRISTOL, TENN.

 

Travel back to a time in drag racing when one of the richest paydays for Funny Car was reserved for the driver who could best navigate their race car down a strip which ran down the middle of two mountains.

IHRA Founder and President Larry Carrier was the driving force behind Thunder Valley Dragway in Bristol, Tenn., and one of his finest promotions was the annual Spring Nationals which paid almost double of what the leading NHRA events did.

VIDEO FLASHBACK - 1980 NHRA WORLD FINALS

 

The fact it isn't considered one of the NHRA's top races ever is a head-scratcher. 

The 1980 NHRA World Finals was one of epic proportions in that two of the three professional divisions had their championships decided on the final run of the season, somewhat of a rarity in those days even though the season only had eight races. 

To our knowledge is was the first-ever NHRA event broadcast on the new NBC Sports variety show Sportsworld and featured the legendary Paul Page.

Watch a Top Fuel championship come down to multiple Top Fuel drivers. You will also see quite possibly the greatest Pro Stock championship battle between Bob Glidden and Lee Shepherd. 

CPTV VIDEO - PAT MUSI TALKS ABOUT HIS NHRA PRO STOCK DAYS

Most people know Pat Musi as either one of the pioneering Pro Street champions or most recently the innovating drag racing engine builder who led the push of electronic fuel injection into nitrous Pro Modified. Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, Musi was a competitive NHRA Pro Stock driver who finished fourth best in the 1981 championship chase.

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

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