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Old 01-29-2009, 11:59 AM
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i can hear them...
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by FEDX View Post
Great pictures, I always liked this one of Wild Willie
I don't think that they would let Willie drive today if he was alive "Hey Willie, WAKE UP MAN, THE LIGHT IS GREEN".

One of the best showman the sport had seen.

The deal with the NHRA putting the AA/FA's into the sportsman ranks was when I first started to get the idea that the NHRA was more about the NHRA than the racers and fans.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:51 PM
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WOW! brings back the memories,my fav. was Sox & Martin in the 60's &70's
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:22 PM
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Was that for somebody here in the NW?
Yes, it was. Mike Miller. I believe he owned a Challenger bodied funny car, racing mostly on the West Coast. Later on he went on to drive the Green Elephant and then a Mustang II body, and lastly a later C3 bodied funny car sponsored by Olympia beer.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:26 PM
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Great pics! I spent lots of time at Lions, Irwindale, etc. The Winternationals in Pomona were the best. My high school buddy and I went every year. Good times.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by rcread View Post
Yes, it was. Mike Miller. I believe he owned a Challenger bodied funny car, racing mostly on the West Coast. Later on he went on to drive the Green Elephant and then a Mustang II body, and lastly a later C3 bodied funny car sponsored by Olympia beer.
I remember seeing him run many times - mostly at Portland of course. Always a nice, clean operation. He was one of the first in the area to start using a semi as a hauler. The last car I remember seeing him run was an 80's Mustang with the Olympia sponsorship.
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:15 PM
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love it, love it, love it!!!!!

i remember jungle jim pretending to be late to the show and he did a burn out at the END of the track and came up the track to the line. then turned it around and ran his round! love that old stuff! the centerlines, the vega's, but didnt see any front engine dragsters
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Originally Posted by 88Z51 View Post
I remember seeing him run many times - mostly at Portland of course. Always a nice, clean operation. He was one of the first in the area to start using a semi as a hauler. The last car I remember seeing him run was an 80's Mustang with the Olympia sponsorship.
My dad had a friend who owned an electronics store in the early '80s. They used that Mustang funny car to do a tv ad. Mike did a burnout in the parking lot of the store. The police showed up and weren't happy, but it makes for a great story now.

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Old 01-29-2009, 06:12 PM
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My dad had a friend who owned an electronics store in the early '80s. They used that Mustang funny car to do a tv ad. Mike did a burnout in the parking lot of the store. The police showed up and weren't happy, but it makes for a great story now.

That is a great story! And that is the Mustang I remember last seeing him owning/driving. I've got some old Instamatic shots of it in the pits at PIR somewhere around here......
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:56 PM
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That brings back so many memorys... To this day I think the late 60s and early 70's was the golden age of drag racing. I am surprized not to see Hemi under glass and the Lil Red Wagon wheelie cars and the CYCLOPS and Green Monster Jet Cars..... I think in High School and later on I went to NE Dragway in Epping almost every week end....what memories....
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:55 AM
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Here is another great collection of old drag racing photos from Keystone and Bison dragways. (12 pages worth)

http://www.mts.net/~red67/







Factory traveling clinics



Warren Johnson





Some really neat stuff from back in the day.

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Old 01-30-2009, 12:18 PM
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WOW!! I love those old Funny Cars. The Stardust car and Snakes old cars are the best.

Also saw my track in a couple of photos from the track where I work.
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This is the "Boredom Zero" Mustang II.



Dad was also friends with Kenney Goodell.

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I grew up in Michigan and spent many a weekend cruising Woodward Ave btwn Birmingham and Square lake rd. Always a lot of street racing with some of the same muscle cars you could find at Detroit Dragway and Motor City Dragway on Saturday night.

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Originally Posted by ZimRandy View Post
Here is another great collection of old drag racing photos from Keystone and Bison dragways. (12 pages worth)

http://www.mts.net/~red67/







Factory traveling clinics



Warren Johnson





Some really neat stuff from back in the day.

Randy
Thanks so much. I hate to admit that saw a lot of those funny cars.
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Originally Posted by rcread View Post
Dad was also friends with Kenney Goodell.

Kenny's still around and was racing a Super/Pro Anglia a couple years ago with John Floyd of Tualatin Transmission. He was always going to get me some of his old pics from when he raced at Portland for the
PIR History site that I put together, but he has yet to do so.
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That brought back memories. Thanks for sharing!
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Funny how many.....

vegas
pintos
opel gt
Mustang II

Are in those pictures
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Originally Posted by blown87 View Post
I don't think that they would let Willie drive today if he was alive "Hey Willie, WAKE UP MAN, THE LIGHT IS GREEN".

One of the best showman the sport had seen.

The deal with the NHRA putting the AA/FA's into the sportsman ranks was when I first started to get the idea that the NHRA was more about the NHRA than the racers and fans.
I was reading a interview with his crew chief Al where he said that Willie had narcolepsy, and he would see him nod off in the staging lanes Al would bump the car with the push truck till Willie looked up around. For a bricklayer, he sure could drive
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