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It takes a special breed.

Back in the day I was a rigger for a Tower Crane
( no where near that tall)
I would have to go out to the end of the jib and grease the pulllies.
Operator would trolly me out, leave me out there and start swinging the crane around ( it only can go so fast) good times, good times.
It’s also noisy as hell inside the cab and it moves around quite a bit when your moving stuff around.


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Early 80's L-R: Kenny Bernstein, NHRA Announcer Steve Evans, and Don "The Snake" Prudhomme discussing the video linked below, "Fabulous Floppers".
That's another term for funny cars.

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Fabulous Floppers video:




The background story:

Vintage 1980s Diamond P Video don prudhomme steve evans
 

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Early 80's L-R: Kenny Bernstein, NHRA Announcer Steve Evans, and Don "The Snake" Prudhomme discussing the video linked below, "Fabulous Floppers".
That's another term for funny cars.

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Fabulous Floppers video:




The background story:

Vintage 1980s Diamond P Video don prudhomme steve evans
The "Mongoose" was my favorite hot wheels car when I was little.
On another note... What was the difference between the "gassers" and the early funny cars? The gassers had the lifted front suspension and the rear axle moved forward as well.

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The "Mongoose" was my favorite hot wheels car when I was little.
On another note... What was the difference between the "gassers" and the early funny cars? The gassers had the lifted front suspension and the rear axle moved forward as well.

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Good question.
From what little I know and read about, Gassers were limited to run on "gas only", solid beam front axle, mostly steel body, and roots s/c.
Funny cars evolved into tubed frames, fiberglass-hinged bodies, alcohol/nitro burners.

 

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For those that have never been..........
 

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Deer, trees, various critters, people. You name it I’ve probably hit it. The tracks always attract weirdos for some reason.

I know this is a huge ballpark question, but with the average number of cars:
1) How fast does your train travel at?
2) How far does it take to stop it in an emergency?
 

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The industry has been gutted as far as staffing goes so our trains have been getting much longer and heavier for lack of crews.

I’d say we average between 120-130 cars. Loaded we’re 12-15k tons. Empty 5-7k tons.

Max speed is 40mph.

Stopping distance in an emergency depends on speed, grade, terrain, weather, etc.

But if you see an obstruction you need to stop for 9 times out of 10 it’s too late and you’re going to crush it
 

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Early 80's L-R: Kenny Bernstein, NHRA Announcer Steve Evans, and Don "The Snake" Prudhomme discussing the video linked below, "Fabulous Floppers".
That's another term for funny cars.

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Fabulous Floppers video:




The background story:

Vintage 1980s Diamond P Video don prudhomme steve evans
What a great video, and man did it bring back fond memories from the '60s and '70s at CT Dragway. Parking your car barely 20' from the left lane with nothing for a short metal barrier separating you and the track was awesome. I remember sitting on the barrier in front of my '70 modded Duster 340 watch the funny cars blast off the line and scream down the 1/4. Jungle Jim, The Hawaiian, Gene Snow, Butch Leal, Mickey Thompson, Gas Ronda, Dick Landy, Bill Flynn's Yankee Peddler, and more.

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Phil Burgess, NHRA National Dragster Editor, 2014
Connecticut Dragway was a fan-friendly track,” he added. “The bleachers, which were on the pit side only, were about 20 rows high, began near the starting line, and were perhaps 50 yards in length. From the end of the stands to the finish-line area, fans that arrived early enough could park their cars in the front row facing the track. I still remember how much fun it was to be, in effect, at a drive-in-style dragstrip. A small food stand near the entrance to the pits offered ‘hot dogs, hamburgs, and grinders’ for your dining pleasure. I always had an unobstructed view of the track from the flash of the green light on the Christmas Tree and, in the case of high-performance cars, the deployment of parachutes to bring the cars to a stop.

That is exactly how I remember going to CT Dragway in the late '60s and early '70s. A very unique track, fan wise.
 

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