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CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 NHRA NORTHSTAR NATIONALS - TF - TAFC

Up until this point, drag racing's television presentation had largely been in syndicated status, appearing at random times on random networks. This was one of the earliest presentation on The Nashville Network.

You will see the greats such as Shirley Muldowney, Gary Beck and Gary Ormsby, as well as an up and coming Frank Manzo.

CPTV VIDEO - CLASSIC PRO STOCK & COMP ELIMINATOR FOOTAGE FROM BRAINERD INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

Check out this classic home video footage from Brainerd International Raceway in the early-1980s. You will see Pro Stockers, Modifieds, and Competition Eliminator action. A special treat is footage of Jerry Hemmingson's A/Gas Pinto as well as the late John Hagen and his Pro Stock Mopars.

CLASSIC VIDEO - HIDDEN HEROES FEATURING WARREN JOHNSON

Travel back to the mid 1980s when the show Hidden Heroes followed some of drag racing's iconic names. The show, broadcast on the Nashville Network was a Diamond P production and took the cameras behind-the-scenes to introduce race fans to some of the sport's more dynamic individuals.

This episode spends time with the legendary "Professor of Pro Stock" Warren Johnson.

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.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 NHRA NORTHSTAR NATIONALS - FC-TAD

Go back to an era when television broadcasting was at a crossroads. This rare coverage from the 1983 NHRA Northstar Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., features coverage of the fuel Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster divisions.

Up until this point, drag racing's television presentation had largely been in syndicated status, appearing at random times on random networks. This was one of the earliest presentation on The Nashville Network.

You will see the greats such as Kenny Bernstein and Frank Hawley, as well as an up and coming Darrell Gwynn in his pre-Top Fuel days.

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: 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.

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