Mustang II funnycar’s

 

 

The man who really ignited the "big transporter truck" phenomena (started by Dick Harrell), Billy Meyer is shown in the sports first Mustang II bodied F/C, circa 1974. Pictured car carried Meyer to his first national event victory at the IHRA Springnationals...  first NHRA national event win at the 77 Fallnationals in Seattle. Meyer burst on to the scene from "nowhere" in 72 (after being teamed with Grover Rogers in TX , 70-72) at age 18 by winning the OCIR Manufacturers Race in his "Motivation" Mustang. In 75 Meyer sold everything, got involved with Bill Fredericks in an LSR attempt intended to break Gary Gabelich's 622 MPH mark that never made it to the Salt Flats. He rebounded in 76 with a Camaro bodied "SMI Motivator" funny car. Although Meyer didn't "officially" get into the 5 Second Club, he did record a 5.99 at NED's Annual Grande American Championship in 78. Showing no favorites to any manufacturer, Meyer closed out the decade wheeling the "Aqua Slide 'n' Dive Special" (original sponsor on the LSR car) Arrow bodied flopper. (Handout courtesy of Jim White)

 

Roy Harris' version of the "Brutus" Mustang, circa 1978. Harris drove the Frantic Ford in the early 70s, ran JJ's #2 car for a couple years, then in 75 resurrected the "Brutus" name which he had purchased from Lew Arrington. First Harris owned Brutus Mustang II was destroyed at New England Dragway in 76, and later Harris returned with this car. In 79 Harris received the first Budweiser sponsorship and toured with the "Bud Man" T/A and later Arrow. After losing the "whole sponsorship enchilada" to Kenny Bernstein in 81, Harris return with a "Rapid Roy" Arrow flopper, later readopted the Brutus name on the Arrow and career closing Thunderbird. (Don Eckert Photo)

 

A long way from his roots in Lubbock, Texas was Raymond Beadle and the Blue Max Mustang pictured at Santa Pod Raceway in England in the mid/late 70s. Beadle opened the 70s driving T/F cars in TX, then shoed one of Don Schumacher's Cudas in 73/74. Beadle teamed up with Blue Max "founder" Harry Schmidt (who had parked the Max in 74 for financial reasons) in 75. The team stayed together through 76 when Beadle bought Schmidt out and took full control of the Blue Max operation. Max won Indy in 75, the IHRA World Championship in 75, 76 and broke Prudhomme's stranglehold on NHRA competition by winning the NHRA title in 79. In 78 a yellow and blue Arrow body replaced the Mustang II body; Mopar shell took the Max name into the 80s. (Photo by Nick)

Blue Max vs. Pisano

Raymond Beadle Crash

BLUE MAX FUNNY CAR

Blue Max Funny Car Crashes

 

From Warner Robbins, GA came the first "real" NHRA World Champ, Shirl Greer, circa 1975 (note the #1 on the car). Greer won the 74 title with his "Chained Lightning" Mustang after the first season long points chase (as opposed to a single race for the title). A near catastrophic fire during qualifying for the Finals at Ontario nearly ended his chances, but a total rebuild by Greer and an army of friends got Greer through the 1st round where he secured enough points to capture the championship (and burned the car down again). Greer was a perennial Div 2 contender and won the division F/C title in 76, 77 and 78. Trivia fodder: Greer was the first driver to reset the NHRA flopper record in the decade of the 70s with a 7.30 in his "Tension" mini-Charger which erased Danny Ongais' 7.37 mark in M/T's Mustang from 69. (Photo from Kendall handout courtesy of Rick Covington)

 

New Jersey's "Crazy Jake" Crimmins Mustang II pictured at Lebanon Valley, NY in 79. Crimmins opened the decade driving the "Raceway Speed Center" injected Maverick, did a stint driving the Swenson & Lani Mustang in 72, drove and toured with one of Jungle's cars in the mid-70s before moving on to shoe his own "Crazy Jake" flopper. Car was Division 1 regular, winning both the 78 and 79 division opening WWCS events, but mid-season 79 Crimmins sold his entire operation and went looking for a "ride." Crimmins briefly drove the "Shady Glenn" Plymouth flopper when seat was vacated by Jim Adolph at end of 79. (Photo courtesy of Dave Milcarek)

 

Bill Dee from Connecticut spent 3 seasons teamed with Al Hanna on the Eastern Raider Pinto/Mustang in the mid-70s before striking out on his own with the "Nor'easter" Mustang II in 78. Car was a former "Frantic Ford" with an S&W chassis and paint by Circus. Driver was Bob Beaulieu, who prior to this ride, ran the short-lived "Eastern Raider" top fuel dragster which was the stable mate to Al Hanna's flopper of the same name. Nor'easter was a "middle of the pack" competitor, limited appearances to Division 1 and by 79 was only being sporadically campaigned. Car didn't reappear in 1980. (Photo courtesy of Dave Milcarek)

 

Atlanta, Georgia's., Frank Oglesby campaigned nitro F/Cs throughout the entire decade of the 70s. After wheeling "Dyno Don" Nicholson's Cougar, Oglesby stepped out on his own with the "Quarterhorse" series of Mustangs. Unfortunately Oglesby was one of the many victims of the 70s race car theft trend when one of his early Mustang efforts was stolen (and recovered 2 months later in NJ minus transporter) from the 72 IHRA season opener at Lakeland, FL. Blue Max was also stolen at same event Friday, recovered by local police, qualified #1 and won the event with borrowed Don Schumacher parts. Other high profile funny car thefts in the 70s included the Hawaiian, Custom Body Dodge, Ron O'Donnell's first Vega and Billy Graham's "new for 79" flopper. Oglesby finished the decade wheeling the "Mellow Yellow" Mustang. Best finish was R/U at 78 IHRA Winternationals. (Photo courtesy of Don Eckert)

 

Midwest racer Larry Gould was THE last funny car driver to utilize Ford SOHC Cammer power, finally making the switch to a Hemi in the late 70s. This car, photographed at Green Valley Race City with a Cammer nestled between the frame rails, was Gould's Mach 1 bodied flopper reskinned after Gould purchased a Mustang II body from Al Bergler. Gould later campaigned a Hemi powered EXP bodied funny car in the early 80s, a car which he still owns today. In fact, Gould also still owns the pictured car and is contemplating going nostalgia flopper racing. But, in the mean time, he has built a SOHC powered T/F car for nostalgia events. (Photo by Jim White, info courtesy of Larry Gould)

 

"The Chicago Kid" Cliff Brown got his nitro start in the late 60s campaigning T/F cars on the east coast, then got his funny car start in 1970 behind the wheel of the Stone, Woods & Cook Dark Horse Mustang before striking out on his own in 71. As series of Chicago Kid Mustangs followed, pictured is the third in the line from 75ish. Due to financial considerations, Brown spent most of his time on the match race circuit where he built a formidable reputation as a guy who ran strong and consistent with stock stroke, steel block, late model Chryslers that he built himself! Drag Racing USA (Mar 75) reported Brown's 74 match racing winning percentage as 91%! (Photo courtesy of Curt Fehr)

 

From the land of 10,000 Lakes came the 1977 "Beartown Shaker" entry of trailer builder Bill Schifsky. Early Schifsky efforts were White Bear Dodge with Tom Hoover in 1970, followed by the immortal Cox Toys Pinto shoed by Doc Halladay, then a series of Mustang II bodied floppers. In 75 Rick Johnson took over the reins of the Shaker from Topper Kramer, was Div 5 Rookie of the Year the same season. Car was one of the top match racers in the mid-west during the 70s, seemingly booked every weekend between national event appearances. Pictured car was destroyed in the summer of 77 at a match race in Canada; team returned with red, white and blue Sarte built Mustang II entry for 78-80. According to National Dragster, Schifsky thought the change of colors might bring better luck. (Photo from 77 Beartown Shaker Postcard Handout)

 

From Division 4, the "Land of the Good Guys," came Johnny White and the Houston Hustler. White came to floppers from sprints cars and circle track racing in the late 60s, cut his teeth with the White & Calloway Mustang flopper in the early 70s before taking over the reins of Albert Reida's "Dodge Fever." In 73 White bought the LA Hooker Mustang from the Beaver Bros, ran the car two seasons before it burned to the ground in the summer of 75. White reemerged with pictured F/C for 76, a car previously campaigned by Cecil Lankford which was one of the last cars built by Lil' John Buttera before he gave up building race cars to build street rods. White's first NHRA national event victory came at 77 Cajuns Nationals with the Mustang II. White remained an NHRA Division and National Event regular, closed out the decade with a Corvette bodied Houston Hustler which carried him into the 80s. (Photo by John Shanks)

 

From 1975 comes the "Quickie Too" Mustang II of Bill Leavitt. Leavitt started out on the West Coast and campaigned a string of cars culminating in a T/F effort before retiring in 68. Leavitt reemerged in 71 with a 354 powered Quickie Too Mustang that set the world on end with a 6.48 pass at Lions in the winter of 71/72. Leavitt later moved to VA and "nursed" the original Quickie Too for the next 3 seasons...  in fact the "new" Mustang II was Leavitt's 71 flopper just rebodied. Short lived S & W built Monza followed the 'Stang... Career highlights included numerous AHRA and IHRA wins and a runner-up finish to Prudhomme at the ill-fated PRO National Challenge at New York National in the Fall of 74. (Photo from a Pennzoil handout courtesy of David Hapgood)

 

From Chapman Automotive in Chicago came the Chicago Patrol Mustang. Doubling as a promotional liaison for the Chicago Police Department, car debuted in the early 1975 with Allen Gillis wrenching and ex-Chi-Town Hustler shoe Ron Colson at the helm who soon vacated the cockpit to vagabond flopper shoe Pat Foster. Dale Pulde followed in late 75, early 76. In later 76, after crashing the Fever Vette, Ed O'Brien bought the car and did a stint at the wheel before the car was sold to Fred Goeske who bought it after crashing his own car at Portland. Tom Anderson drove it while Goeske was on the mend... Goeske later converted the Mustang to a Rocket FC. While piston powered car was a multi-sanctioning body national event regular, best finish was runner up at 75 IHRA Summernationals to the Blue Max. (Photo courtesy of Don Eckert)

 

The Gold Digger flopper line started in the late 60s as the Tension II Camaro campaigned by Bud Richter and Gary Bolger. Gold Digger Mustang was born in the early 70s, won the prestigious Popular Hot Rodding meet in 71. Following a brief stint with a Don Garlits Charger body, car was rebodied as a Mustang, later again as a Charger. Gold Digger Charger won the 73 National Dragster Open in Ohio before David Ray took over the reins in 74 and toured with the Coke Cavalcade and Bolger moved on to campaign the Chapman Automotive T/F car. Bolger and Richter reunited in 76 with this effort before Vic Tiffin took over the helm in the late 70s of the Mustang II bodied effort. Bolger later went on to drive Creasy Family flopper entries into the 90s. (Photo by Michael Beach)

 

SoCal regular Jeff Courtie began his F/C career at the wheel of a self-built (as were all his cars) Mustang flopper in 1970. 392 powered Cuda followed in 71...  body on that car was shed at OCIR in 72 following a big wheelstand, lowered Cuda body replaced it and 426 mill was installed in mid-74. On a qualifying pass at the 74 NHRA World Finals quote "I blew the Cuda body into orbit...  switched to pictured Mustang II body for the 1975 season." Courtie was thought of as a "low buck, do it yourself" (all the chassis, alum tin work, body work, mounting, engine, mechanical work, etc.) type racer, yet his floppers were always noted to be as sanitary and competitive as the "big dollar rides" of the era. Jeff reports "I raced up until July of 78, had a good offer to sell the car, (car went to Australia) and with an all volunteer crew it became harder to staff the crew at the races (guys were getting married, starting families, full time jobs, etc.) I also changed jobs in 76, which began taking up more of my time, leaving less time for racing; it was a hard decision to quit..." (Photo by John Shanks, info courtesy of Jeff Courtie)

 

In the late 70s, Division 6's Mike Miller campaigned this Ford slogan's namesake "Boredom Zero" Mustang II. Miller got his start running nitro floppers in the late 60s...  Challenger bodied car started the 70s, was crashed as Miller was preparing to tour back east. White Vega flopper followed in 72, then he did a stint driving the Pacemaker Vega while Gordie Bonin was driving the Hawaiian. Ride in the Green Elephant Vega followed in mid 74 after Frank Hall moved on to shoe Jerry Ruth's Mustang. At the wheel of the Elephant Miller took runner up at NHRA Winternationals in 75. In 76 Miller got the itch to run his own car again; pictured car debuted that season and took Miller on his first and only national tour where the car is pictured in St Louis. In 1980 Miller debuted the Boredom Zero Corvette after running the Mustang II for 3 seasons. (Photo by Don Eckert)

 

The Stones' second funny car replaced the Cuda, but the Stardust name remained. They bought this car from Roy Phelps as well. It was the 1976 Mustang II of Texan Raymond Beadle. Phelps had hired Beadle to race in England from 78-80 whenever possible. The Stones were Chevy die-hards and kept a Chevy in this car when it debuted in 1978. The car later ran a best of 6.49 at 212 with Hemi power, but burned to the ground in 1983. (Alan Currans photo; info sources Trakbytes, the Acceleration Archives, and draglist.com) 

 

Ron Williams' Ford Mustang II

Ron Williams' funny car career lasted over a decade. All of Williams' funny cars were immaculate. Ron's first funny car was the Shakey Pinto in 1972. The Williams & Scrimer Dodge Charger came next. The Mustang II in the photo is his least known ride. It was the only car Williams ran with his own name on the side. Being very appealing in appearance did not make it a winner, however. This car was mostly a bottom of the ladder runner in the incredibly tough Division 7 wars. Before retiring, Williams again raced versions of the Williams & Scrimer and Shakey funny cars. (Photo courtesy of Mike Ditty)

 

Another transplant from the AA/FA ranks was SoCal's Dennis Geisler. Pictured Mustang II was an ex-Lil' John Lombardo flopper, followed Geisler's stints in the infamous rear engined "Hindsight" Duster in 75 and the Pete's Lil' Demon flopper. According to Auto Imagery's Dave Kommel "Dennis and I were neighbors when he and I teamed up in 76. We raced the altered through the end of 77, were very successful and had a lot of fun, but by the end of 77 bookings were getting harder to find and we didn't get near as much money as the floppers. At the end of 77, we bought "Lil' John" Lombardo's Mustang II. Campaigned on the west coast through the 78 season "we closed out the year by winning the Governor's Cup race at Sacramento, beating Tom McEwen in the final. One year of FC was enough for me... Dennis carried on for a few years (including a trip to Australia at the end of the 78 season, a "Cowboys Hot Dogs" Challenger F/C to usher in the 80s) before throwing in the towel. We had a lot of fun together and I'm glad we did it when we did because you couldn't even think of doing it today on our financial resources." (Photo and info courtesy of Dave Kommel at Auto Imagery)

 

Barry Bowing was the third owner of this Mustang II when he bought it in 1979. The car was built by Lil’ John Lombardo in 1975 and purchased by Dennis Geisler in 1978. Bowling bought the car from Geisler, who toured Australia in late 1978. Bowling renamed the car the “Mexican Mustang” and raced the car over the next couple of years, winning the Nationals in 1981. The car was sold several times over the next couple of years. Peter Russo, Garry McGrath, and Romeo Capitanio all took their first funny car rides in this car in the 1980s. Reports say Bowling has purchased the car and plans to restore it to the version he raced. (Photo & info from Steve Thomas, www.visualvelocity.net)

 

Lee Beard is known as a famous tuner for people such as Gary Ormsby, Whit Bazemore, Bruce Sarver, and others. But in the 1970s, he was the driver instead of the tuner. He had driven Top Fuelers such as John Foderado’s car and his own B&B Racing dragster. Beard received an offer from Jerry Ruth to take over his Mustang II. Ruth had raced fuelers and funnies at the same races since 1969. Lee Beard taking over the driving and tuning of the Mustang II freed Ruth to run his dragster. Beard basically ran the car free of Ruth over the next couple of years. He was a regular in Division Five races for the next four years. Beard ran times in the six-second range in the Mustang II. By 1980, Beard retired from driving to tune Ruth’s dragster full time. (Photo from Mike Ditty; info from DRL files)

 

The “Tom & Jerry Luppy” Mustang II of Westerland and Luppy was a venerable match race funny car from the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties. Paul Luppy had been a partner in the Luppy & Rae Corvette and was very successful in the Northwest match race scene in the first half of the decade. Luppy teamed with tuner Hal Westerland to run the new Mustang II. The car ran the Donovan Hemi but used the Crower injector. The Crower, also used by the Bubble Up/Pacemaker team and Johnny Loper, had a reputation for being tricky. Luppy got the car into the sixes in Northwest match races. The car made appearances usually at Seattle’s 64 Funny Car Show. It was there the Mustang II was parked after a severe fire. (Photo from Mike Ditty; info from DRL files)

 

Brett Wilson joined the nitro funny car ranks in 1979 with the “Cobra II,” a Capri bodied car reconfigured to look like a Mustang II.  Wilson bought the car from Garth Hogan. Wilson was such a Ford fanatic he used the permanent number 428. But Brett chose a Chrysler Hemi to power the “Cobra II” instead of a Ford. Wilson’s funny car career was marked by frequent breakage. A new “Cobra III” Mustang (later renamed the “Sprit of New Zealand”) was built to replace the Capri in 1981. Wilson was the first to break into sixes with a funny car in New Zealand. (Photo and info courtesy of Alan Ashton Photography; additional info from Garth Hogan)

 

The “LA Hooker” and the “Phoenix” were the first American funny cars to visit New Zealand. Jim White drove the “LA Hooker” of Gene Beaver. Chris Lane drove the Joe Pierce tuned “Phoenix.” The pair raced in Australia and at Champion Dragway in New Zealand. The high powered American cars had trouble hooking up on the track. Note the lack of concrete and build up of rubber. (Photo & info from Alan Ashton)

The “Phoenix” Camaro traveled far and wide. Chris Lane raced the car in United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The car was sold to Australian racer Bob Dunn after Lanes’ tour. Dunn got the car into the sixes. The car passed through several hands over the next twenty years. Les Ireland bought the car and brought it back to New Zealand. Ireland has repainted the car to its original “Phoenix” colors. (Photo & info courtesy of Alan Ashton)

Gene Beaver owned the LA Hooker Mustang II. Beaver had split with his cousins the Condit Bros. at this time. He used several people to drive during this time. Jim White of Tulsa, Oklahoma was the driver for one tour of Australia and New Zealand. In early 1978, Dale Pulde drove the car -- the ex Shady Glenn machine -- on tour in Australia and New Zealand. Dale ran the first six second runs in Australia, three 6.50s, and ran some 6.60s in New Zealand. The car was sold in to an Australian racer and became the “Syndicate.” (Photo & info courtesy of Alan Ashton and Dale Pulde)

 

Very few cars go through as many owners and drivers and still retain the original name as did the Chicago Patrol. It was built in 1974 by the famed Chapman Automotive team. They raced it with a cast-iron stroker 426 Hemi that was later replaced by a Donovan Hemi. The team used Ron Colson, Pat Foster and Dale Pulde as drivers. Pulde had the best times in the car with a good 6.20 elapsed time using the 426 Hemi. Pulde said the Donovan was nowhere near as good as the 426. G&B Automotive bought the car next and put Ed O'Brien behind the wheel. O'Brien raced the car in 1976, running a best of 6.80 and a gathering garage full of broken parts, forcing his retirement. Fred Goeske bought the car next as a second team car. Tom Anderson drove it in 1977 and later Gordon Mineo took a turn after he wrecked his own car. Goeske converted to car to rocket power when nitro racing became too expensive. (Photo by Mike Ditty; info from Dale Pulde)

 

Pictured is the 78 version of the Chi-Town Hustler in a very uncharacteristic Ford, not Dodge, shell. Pete Williams drove the Chi-Town Hustler Mustang II as did Denny Savage. Car was sold at the end of the season, ran as Drastic Plastic through 79, early 80s, while the Hustler returned to a more appropriate Dodge body. In 1980 Frank Hawley took over reins of the Hustler, went on to win the 82 NHRA World Championship. To find out more about the Hustler, see Round 6. (Photo courtesy of Dave Milcarek)

 

...in the mid-70s there was a movement to change the long held term "funny cars" to "fuel coupes"? Hot Rod magazine was one of the proponents...  and some teams joined in the move, showing up with the driver's # and "AA/Fuel Coupe" etched on the car instead of the old "AA/FC" identifier. (Photo/info from July 76 Hot Rod magazine, used with permission.)

 

 

...flopper teams had cool decals as well as handouts? Very few teams did, but one of those few was Doheny & Fullerton who had this Youngblood rendering of the Trojan Horse. According to Kenny Youngblood, he did a lot of art work for the team, from paintings to press kits. When it came time to be paid...  "Kevin [Doheny] tells me to bring the bill down to his "office" in L.A...  which turns out to be this 25 story skyscraper! Sure enough, way up on top it said "DOHENY BLDG". Kevin was the Grandson of the oil rich Doheny family (the "Rothchilds" of L.A.) that they named "Doheny Beach" and "Doheny Blvd" after. So I stroll up to the 17th floor, and presented the bill to a room full of stuffy old bastards that grumbled about Kevin "squandering the family fortune on a funny car". (Decal courtesy of David Hapgood, story courtesy of Kenny Youngblood.)

 


This "under restoration" black Mustang II belongs to Barry Riley from
Ohio. According to Barry the flopper as been verified as a Romeo Palamides car and was likely the last fuel F/C he built before switching to jet cars. Barry goes on to say "As best I can tell the car was used as a match race car & later as an alcohol car but no definite history. I will be running the car with Ford power & nitro." Plans call for running nostalgia flopper events in the central US. Although the car's exact history is unknown, upon removing the trim piece around the blower opening Barry found the paint scheme depicted in the right photograph. Based on this small clue, can anybody help identify this cars lineage? Any clues on the cars past would be appreciated! (Photo and info courtesy of Barry Riley)

UPDATE 5/01: Barry reports: "We are close to a test date, have to finish some loose ends on F/C and have been doing many shows w/ Hooters. We have a good deal w/Hooters & they are on board for this & 2 more years. We will have the girls working at all appearances including backing the car up after every burnout & selling merchandise. at transporter. We are completely restoring a 74' Pete semi & a 78' drop deck transporter. This is a test & build year so look out 2002 we're going to put on a great show."

 


From
Wisconsin comes one of the ex-Blue Max Mustang IIs. Owned and driven by Mike Boisvert, the car is running a big block Chevy on alcohol. Car made a few late season shake-down passes at Cedar Falls Raceway in Iowa. Boisvert has spent 7 years working to rebuild and race the car, hence the nickname "Sheer Hell." (JW Last Photo at left, photo at right from Dieter Sturm)

The Damn Yankee Mustang II body was found several years ago residing, as pictured, in the back of a used car lot in western Canada. Exact history of the car is near impossible to trace, but it is know, due to engraving on the tin work, that the body and tin was done by Frame Up engineering in 75. Car migrated to Canada in the early 90s as a BB/FC...  body and chassis were soon separated with the chassis still today racing as an altered and the body unceremoniously ending up on top of a restaurant. It was rescued from that fate and the used car lot fate by Glenn Collins. Body was recently sold and shipped off to an Oregon chassis shop to have chassis put underneath it... then off to Calif for some nostalgia racing! (Photo and info courtesy of Glenn Collins)

Car as it appeared when it arrived in Canada...  before the body and chassis were separated!

Update, courtesy of Paul Weiss, 12/00: "Talking to the late Bob Simmons (Purple Magic Vega, New Englander Monza) he told me he ran a nitro funny car named the Damn Yankee. Being from Connecticut and Frame Up Engineering being from Connecticut might be a connection. I would be surprised if Bob owned the car new. Being good friends with Al Hanna... maybe one his old car.

 

 

 


This Mustang II is currently located in
Hawaii and the owner, Paul Fernandez, is attempting to trace it's history. According to Paul "Its a AA/FC that was purchased in the mainland by Ken Kepner of Oahu in the late seventies. The car last ran about 1987. I purchased the car in April of 1998." Paul noted the fire windows are shaped like pineapples which likely identifies this car as a Sarte build car. Another clue as to the previous owner might be in the grille art as most folks didn't repaint the grille when repainting car. If you've got some ideas contact Paul directly at retroracing@msn.com

 


The 70s meets Y2K...  in late 99 the on-line auction house e-Bay featured Wild Willie Borsch's (ex-Pee Wee Wallace Black Stang) Mustang II flopper from the mid-70s. Car was more or less complete, missing 2 speed, fuel tank, minor misc. Owner reported car had been in storage since 77, found in garage in MI...  at auction time car was located in So Cal. Reserve price for this piece of history...
$60,000. (Photos used with permission of owner)

In the mid-70s ex-Texas Tech football player and Lubbock resident Roger Freeman campaigned the "Freeman's Club" Mustang II in the Midwest. Any clues on Freeman's other drag racing efforts, the significance of the "Freeman's Club" or his whereabouts today? (Photo courtesy of David Ray from "Big Mike" Burkhart's Scrapbook)

UPDATE, 12/00, thanks to James Ruf: "I lived in Lubbock from 1970 to 1975... and here is what I remember...  Roger did play football for Texas Tech, he graduated before 1970. Freeman's Club was a popular Lubbock drinking spot and dance club. Roger's cars always seemed to set out front on an open trailer. He also had a rail but I do not remember what class."

 

 

From the mid-70s came one of the several "High Plains Drifter" entries campaigned during the decade. In the early 70s Brian Lengle (future Sno-Town Shaker) ran the High Plains Drifter Charger, in the late 70s Chris Eckert ran the High Plains Drifter Camaro and in the early 80s Brain Ranney ran a High Plains Drifter Vega. All were Midwest/high country cars... but this Mustang II seems to have missed the same recognition longevity. Competition # of 512 on the car doesn't match any of the previous or later entries! Any clues???? (Photo by Jim White)

UPDATE, 11/00, thanks to Bret Kepner: The "High Plains Drifter" Mustang II AA/FC was owned and driven by Jim MacMurray of Paoli, KS. He ran the car from 76-78 infrequently at AHRA events, a few NHRA Div. V WCS meets, and several match races at Wichita and Kansas City.

 

Bill Schifsky's Bear Town Shaker and the infamous Chi-town Hustler of Farkonas, Coil and Minnick

Rick Johnson now at the controls of Schifsky's Mustang II with Russel Long guiding the Hustler

Chi-town took this particular match race, 2 out of 3

 

NHRA Division 5 points meet action here with Rick Johnson up against Carl Swanson in Al Tschida's Cheetah

Schifsky's Bear Town Shaker prevailed on this run and went on to win the event

 

Rick Johnson showin' how it's done