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  • This Funny Car is a two-time NHRA world champion.
  • It was built and raced by famous Don “The Snake” Prudhomme.
  • A Funny Car is a short-wheelbased dragster with a fiberglass replica body of a passenger car sitting on top.
  • They are built to run a quarter mile in a straight line from a standing start as fast as possible.

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A “Funny Car” is a dragster with a short-wheelbase that burns nitromethane and has a fiberglass replica body of a passenger car sitting on top.  Funny cars are built to cover a quarter mile distance in a straight line, from a standing start, as fast as possible.  An engine located behind the driver is considered to be safer, but Funny Car engines are traditionally located in front of the driver because of their “similarity” to production car bodies.  The wild and volatile combination of a stock-looking car and a high-speed dragster has made Funny Car racing a very exciting sport since it was introduced in 1967.

Since 1962, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme enjoyed many winning victories before deciding to campaign Funny Cars in the 1970s.  This 1975 Chevrolet Monza Funny Car was built according to Prudhomme’s specifications and driven by him at the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Winston World Finals.  The fuel-injected engine was supercharged with a Roots-type blower.  A parachute was used to slow the car enough so that the disc brakes could stop it.  This car holds the 1975 and 1976 NHRA AA Fuel Funny Car Championships, running the quarter mile in 6.29 seconds in 1975 and 5.98 seconds in 1976.

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