Remember FX drag cars?

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Ron LaDow
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Remember FX drag cars?

#1 Post by Ron LaDow » Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:52 pm

Dunno how many remember Factory Experimental drag cars; early '60s. Cliff, I think you were 'involved' in one. A noted bookie had a Ford at Tri-State Raceway where I ran the Triumph (and lied about the ET).
Fiberglass front ends, tube headers, 'delete' options left and right to get the weight down, C/Rs living only on Sunoco's best! Right from the factories; head for the dealer and sign here.
Well, they got nothing on THIS:
"More cool air, supplied courtesy of the largest cool-air induction system and the only air-conditioner-powered charge-air cooler fitted to a production car, help to drop intake temps by more than 45 degrees Fahrenheit."
Yep, they run the intake air through the AC! And that's just the start; the seats other than the driver's seat are options!
https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-shows/ ... rformance/
I lied about getting into the 12s, but this thing is supposedly in the mid 9's on a prepared strip. The initial NHRA Nats in Indy, '61, Sneaky Pete Robinson won Top Eliminator in a AA/D at 8.86.
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For those unfamiliar with Sneaky Pete: http://hotrodcraft.com/index.php?topic=1210.0
VERY clever and thoughtful guy!
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Re: Remember FX drag cars?

#2 Post by John Ward » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:41 pm

I remember A/FX cars VERY well.
Spent most of my teen years at Lions on friday nites and OCIR on Wed. nites
A/FX were running before OCIR was open, but ran at Lions alot.
Hubert Platt, Malcolm Durham, Dougs Headers, etc.
Then came the fiberglass bodied cars.
I worked at Don Burns VW when the "Durachrome Bug" ran. We used to go out together as a team to OCIR. I ran a J/G then a K/G bug, he ran the funny car.
Big fun back then.
Got out of drag racing and went solo and road racing with Allen Johnson with the B/S 911S then the 910.
 

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Re: Remember FX drag cars?

#3 Post by jim nelson » Sun May 06, 2018 10:52 am

There is a booming market in A/FX and B/FX replicas, as well as gassers, in SoCal. A friend of mine has been making them to order, and he’s got quite a business going.

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Re: Remember FX drag cars?

#4 Post by M Penta » Tue May 08, 2018 11:55 am

Love'em. The glory days of American drag racing. Slightly before my time, but these always appealed to me the most. I need a v8 in my life again, so installing a 273 commando in my 66 Dodge van. It looks the part with Torqthust D's on it now, but missing that v8!

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