Our family grew up on stories of my Dad racing his 57 Chevy at tracks like Lions, Orange County International Raceway (OCIR), Riverside Raceway, Colton, Irwindale Raceway, and San Fernando Raceway. Later on, we would visit Riverside Raceway to watch a family friend race their rear engine dragster. As my brothers and I got older and closer to the ages of being able to drive, my Dad bought an old fuel altered for us to work on together. My brothers and I helped my Father build that car along with help from some other friends.
The car was a 1937 Fiat Topolino on 112-inch wheelbase chassis, 440 cubic inch wedge Chrysler injected on alcohol. That car was run at Los Angeles County Raceway (LACR) for a while until they closed the track. Later that car was fitted with a blown 327 cubic inch small block Chevrolet on alcohol. We raced at tracks like Pomona and Bakersfield Raceway. Eventually, the 327 was blown up and replaced with a 377 cubic inch Chevrolet while racing with ANRA – American Nostalgia Racing Association.
We also raced a 1968 Woody Gilmore front engine dragster, 180-inch wheelbase with a 405 cubic inch fuel injected small block Chevrolet on alcohol and a two-speed power-glide transmission.
There’s always the thought in the back of our mind to dust off the driving suit and sit back down in the seat, roll through the water box and smoke the tires on a big fat burnout, launch the car and fly down the quarter mile and hang out the laundry on the top end.