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Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun
Minschier Gilmore
gilmorelion wrote in classicautofurs
I recently stumbled upon this great website devoted to that uniquely American invention known as the twin-engined drag racer.
http://twotogo.homestead.com/index.html

There are photos and info here that show just about everything that ran down the quarter-mile with more than one engine back during Drag Racings glory days. The cars range from crude to totally amazing. Some are just jaw-droppingly weird. Check it out!

And I'll end this post with a neat early photo of the one-and-only Shirley Muldowney, in her first serious ride, a twin Chevy-powered slingshot dragster, built by her husband Jack. (circa 1970)

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Didn't they make a movie about her?

They did indeed! "Heart Like A Wheel" with Bonnie Bedelia and Beau Bridges. I think it was also Anthony Edwards first movie role too.

It's been a while since I last saw it, though I thought they kind of "modernized" to meet the then current time.

If I dig long enough I can probably find a photo that I took of Shirley's pink dragster at the, I think it was, 1978 Summernationals at Englishtown Raceway in New Jersey. By then it would have been just a single engine car, and probably a rear motor one at that. Wasn't it Don Garlits who lost part of one of his feet when a bellhousing blew up in his front engine dragster? I think that was the event that marked the end of front engine dragsters. However, I do have a photo right here from that same Summernationals that shows a front engined dragster with a blown Ford "Cammer" SOHC 427. I'll post it soon!

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