Last Call: Formative Years Edition

As a youngster in the 1970s, I grew up with three female siblings and a father who wasn’t much of a gearhead, so I was the lone car enthusiast in my family. Fortunately, even though my dad had no interest in auto racing, he was willing to spend a few summer Sunday afternoons taking me out to the drags at Lancaster Dragway, about a half-hour from our house. As a result, my initial interests in cars was almost completely drag-racing-centric, and at the time, nobody was bigger in drag racing than Don Prudhomme. He would win the NHRA funny car championship four consecutive years, 1975–78.
My seventh-grade teacher, inspired by the 1976 Montreal Olympics, invited us all to bring in pictures of our favorite sports for a bulletin board collage. When the display was completed, my contribution was right in the center: a full-page color photo The Snake, doing a fiery nighttime burnout in his Army funny car.
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7 responses to “Last Call: Formative Years Edition”

    1. Alff Avatar

      I thought he was dead.

  1. P161911 Avatar

    Somewhere I still have one of these.

  2. Fuhrman16 Avatar

    “He would win the NHRA funny car championship four consecutive years, 1978–78.”
    Err, may want to proof read that…

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      That’s how fast he was.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

      Thanks for catching that. Edited.

  3. neight428 Avatar

    A top fuel run witnessed in person is a forceful experience. I highly recommend it.