Quarter-Mile Update

November 10th, 2011

Lights, Camera, Action! Snake and Mongoo$e Motion Picture Moves Forward

Drag Racing prepares to return to the big screen after a 30-year absence. Not since Heart Like A Wheel has our sport received much cinematic attention.

Rhino Films and newly formed shingle Storywise Productions have acquired life-story rights from legendary drag racing rivals Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoo$e” McEwen, and partnered with NHRA to produce a movie about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track.

Award-winning British commercial director Wayne Holloway will make his feature film directing debut by telling the story of The Snake and The Mongoose’s legendary rivalry, friendship and accomplishments. Not only did the two men make drag racing history as champion drivers and owners of drag racing teams, but they also modernized the sport in 1970 by shrewdly enticing toy giant Mattel, Inc. to make its then-new Hot Wheels line the sport’s first major corporate sponsor. When Mattel put logos on dragsters to make them 200-mph billboards for its toy line and put real-life drivers into its TV commercials, Mattel became the first non-automotive sponsor in a racing sport, and the industry’s first commercial tie-in was born. The Mattel sponsorship money and revenue from other sponsors that immediately followed enabled Prudhomme and McEwen to produce remarkable innovations in their dragsters and Funny Cars and make drag racing a major sport globally.

The movie will be produced by Stephen Nemeth of Rhino Films and Robin Broidy of Storywise Productions, executive produced by Leslie Castanuela Barnes and screenwriter Alan Paradise, co-produced by Charlie Katz, Eddie Michaels and Betsy Stahl. The legends themselves, Prudhomme and McEwen, will also serve as producers. Veteran casting director Ronnie Yeskel (Hope Floats, Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead) is heading up the casting process. The project is the first fully financed feature from Storywise Productions, and the company has others in development that it expects to announce shortly.

Paradise is a longtime automotive industry journalist and broadcast producer who began developing the film after being commissioned by Mattel to work with Prudhomme and McEwen to write and direct a documentary celebrating the 35th anniversary of their historic partnership with Hot Wheels. Holloway joins to helm the project after an acclaimed career directing commercials and videos all over the world for major brands that include Samsung, the NFL, NASCAR, Adidas and many others.

The filmmakers are enthused, to say the least, about bringing the story to the big screen. “My husband has adored race cars his whole life, and I thought it would be fascinating to explore this remarkable period in drag racing history,” said Broidy. “These guys were 20th century gladiators, and I was curious to know what drove them to be the best and how they accomplished it.”

Nemeth adds, “First and foremost, this is a terrific and historical buddy story, regardless of what world it’s set in. That the backdrop happens to be the high octane, globally revered sport of drag racing makes it that much more exciting. I look forward to honoring Don and Tom, and the NHRA, with what we all hope will be a very special film.”

“We are going to make an awesome film about two extraordinary men who battled unflinchingly for supremacy in their sport, and yet supported each other wholeheartedly when tragedy struck,” the director, Holloway, elaborates.

Casting is currently underway, and the film is expected to draw significant promotional tie-in interest and partnership opportunities with the brands that supported Snake and Mongoose during their heyday. Additionally, the NHRA will provide archival footage of key races, which will be incorporated directly into the film.

Principal photography is expected to start by fall 2011, with an anticipated theatrical release target date in 2012 commemorating the 40th anniversary of The Snake and The Mongoose’s partnership with Mattel.

Walt Przybyl

Power Brokers

Crew Chief of the Month: Walt Przybyl

At times it seems single-car nitro operations have pretty much become cannon fodder. Big buck teams look past them in preparation for the next round. Not so with Bob Bode and his Walt Przybyl-tuned Funny Car. Walt has shown that intelligence, determination and hard work can guide a racing team with a limited budget to success in this high dollar, multi-car environment.

Walt got an early start in 1970 when he was just barely a teenager. He crewed on the Buffalo, New York-area Super Stocker belonging to Gary Rohauer. By the mid-‘80s, he’d graduated to much quicker rides. Walt began construction of an Altered Roadster to run in Top Alcohol Dragster, but by the time it was completed, Altereds were no longer legal in T/AD, so he installed an F/C body and ran BB/FC.

Through the years, he built, tuned and drove a succession of quicker and faster alky floppers, competing in NHRA and IHRA divisional and national events. Though racing on a limited budget Walt was always competitive.

In 1997 he parked his operation in order to start his own business, PRZ Technologies. Walt’s company has grown to 28,000-sq-ft facility, with 24 employees, 16 CNC machines and additional manual machines and equipment.

In 2003, with his company up and running, Walt returned as car chief for local nitro F/C competitor Vinny Arcadi, the crew chief was veteran tuner Glenn Mikres. Glenn was also working with Bob Bode, and soon Walt began doing double duty. Starting as the bottom end diver, he progressed to cylinder heads and the top of the engine.

Richard Hogan replaced Mikres and Walt continued to absorb vital knowledge. When Hogan departed four years ago Walt stepped up as crew chief and chassis builder. PRZ Tech is responsible for the creation of Bode’s current chassis.

Even though the team is very budget conscious and they face a limited schedule with very little time to test, Walt has made Bode a force to be reckoned with.

Their win at Brainerd last year, plus solid qualifying and going rounds at every national event, has cemented that fact. Walt being the modest chap he is, quickly shares credit with the crew who works flawlessly together, especially car chief Mike Stock.

Every time Przybyl, Bode and the team knock off one of the big boys it proves there’s more to our sport than a fat wallet.


Something Wicked This Way Comes

Dennis Taylor, owner of Taylor Motorsports Products, manufacturer and supplier of the highest quality safety-related race car products, is near to debuting his spanking new Nostalgia Nitro Funny Car.

The NHRA event-winning alcohol driver has elected to resurrect a name from the past for his new flyer: Evil, Wicked, Mean and Nasty, made famous by the late Harley Griffith. Harley’s widow Judy was kind enough to sign off on the idea of a tribute car to her husband.

AFT’s Bob Brooks is the tuner, and Taylor’s alky crew guys, Tom Capalbo, Andrew Gude, Bruce Conradson, Keith Hardison, Jerry Crawford and Dean Shirai, have signed on for the project.

Power comes from an Alan Johnson TFX block and heads, SSI blower and Lenco Transmission.

Sponsors include Plumbing Concepts, Accurate Drilling, Taylor Freezers, Lucas Oil, Moroso, Mickey Thompson, Embee Performance and AFT Clutches.

 

A Man of Many Talents

Cory Lee, Big Show Funny Car driver and tuner/crew chief of Gary Turner’s Pedaler nostalgia flyer and drag racing historian, has authored a new book, Drag Racing Collectibles by Iconografix. Cory has captured the essence of one of the greatest sidelights of drag racing, collecting the collectibles; those literally thousands of items, we race participants and fans had at one time pass through our hands, all of those jewels, some now precious, we kick ourselves for not saving, or curse others (especially parents and spouses) for throwing away. I guarantee as you look through this book, you’ll catch yourself exclaiming, “Man, I had one of those!” or marveling at the collections of others. Each of the 125 pages is awash in color photos. Order now, while they’re still available, through Dragfilms.com and Prestige Hobbies 888.886.5778 or www.Prestige-hobbies.com (http://www NULL.Prestige-hobbies NULL.com).

Strange Quiz

Quiz Question:

Name the car owner, driver and year.

Send your entries to:

Drag Racer Magazine Quiz

22840 Savi Ranch Parkway, Suite 200

Yorba Linda, CA  92887

 

Quiz Answer

The answer to the Strange Quiz from the May 2011 issue of Drag Racer is:

Owner:  Roland Leong, Hawaiian

Driver:  Mike Sorokin

 

 

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Advertisement

537 Responses to “Quarter-Mile Update”

  1. cheap oakley sunglasses (http://www NULL.cheap-oakleys NULL.in NULL.net/) says:

    cheap oakley sunglasses…

    michael kors outlet online michael kors outlet online michael kors purses on sale…

  2. Air Max Command Donna (http://www NULL.pasticceriavabres NULL.com/wemerier/air-max-command-donna NULL.html) says:

    Air Max Command Donna…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  3. Nike Air Max 90 Outlet (http://www NULL.pasticceriavabres NULL.com/wemerier/nike-air-max-90-outlet NULL.html) says:

    Nike Air Max 90 Outlet…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  4. Air Max 90 Gs (http://www NULL.pasticceriavabres NULL.com/wemerier/air-max-90-gs NULL.html) says:

    Air Max 90 Gs…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  5. Comprar Zapatos Louboutin Online (http://smilaxescueladeartefloral NULL.com/teirwere/comprar-zapatos-louboutin-online NULL.html) says:

    Comprar Zapatos Louboutin Online…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  6. Louboutin Pronunciation (http://smilaxescueladeartefloral NULL.com/teirwere/louboutin-pronunciation NULL.html) says:

    Louboutin Pronunciation…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  7. nike air max pas cher (http://www NULL.sacredheartemerald NULL.org/images/) says:

    nike air max pas cher…

    The particular report done in this post (extract below) is actually incorrect….

  8. Christian Louboutin Precios Zapatos (http://smilaxescueladeartefloral NULL.com/teirwere/christian-louboutin-precios-zapatos NULL.html) says:

    Christian Louboutin Precios Zapatos…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  9. Louboutin Outlet Madrid (http://smilaxescueladeartefloral NULL.com/teirwere/louboutin-outlet-madrid NULL.html) says:

    Louboutin Outlet Madrid…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  10. Christian Louboutin Outlet Miss Fast Plato 120mm Ankle Boots Parme Women (http://www NULL.allenstults NULL.com/?p=Christian-Louboutin-Outlet-Miss-Fast-Plato-120mm-Ankle-Boots-Parme-Women NULL.html) says:

    Christian Louboutin Outlet Miss Fast Plato 120mm Ankle Boots Parme Women…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  11. coach outlet (http://www NULL.coachoutlet-online NULL.us NULL.com) says:

    coach outlet…

    [URL=http://www.oakleysunglasses-outletstore.us]oakley outlet store[/URL] [URL=http://www.cheapmichaelkorshandbagsclearance.com]cheap michael kors handbags[/URL] [URL=http://www.louisvuittonoutletonline.eu.com]louis vuitton outlet online[/URL] [URL=htt…

  12. nike air max pas cher (http://www NULL.lesecuriesduchevalvert NULL.fr/images/nikeairmax/) says:

    nike air max pas cher…

    I want to exhibit as a result of you to get saving me out of this type of circumstances. Soon after looking at the world wide web as well as meeting techniques were not advantageous, My partner and i thought playing was around. Current devoid of typica…

  13. timberland outlet (http://www NULL.02creative NULL.co NULL.uk/) says:

    timberland outlet…

    Good article, fine to determine individuals a little societal liability….

  14. air max pas cher (http://mofact NULL.org/wp-content/temp/) says:

    air max pas cher…

    In the event the médisance is definitely untrue, Romney can readily show it false. Almost all he has to accomplish is actually release the income tax. Both Romney will be concealing anything, or even he or she feels stubbornness is actually a more pres…

  15. moncler pas cher (http://www NULL.foukariddim NULL.fr/images/moncler/) says:

    moncler pas cher…

    I agree with Nabeel they are really holding backside for the next launch on some of these kind of capabilities, should they start a more recent version within the next few years in order to earn more money….

  16. north face outlet 70% off (http://www NULL.northfaceoutlet-70off NULL.com) says:

    north face outlet 70% off…

    ugg boots on salelouis vuittongucci handbagslouboutin outletmichael kors outletwww.gucci.comugg boots on saleferragamo beltnorth face outletlouboutin shoesnike outlethermes scarfcoach factorythe north face outletcoach outlet store onlinechanel bagschan…

  17. manteau parajumpers pas cher (http://www NULL.trackteur NULL.fr/images/parajumpers-soldes/) says:

    manteau parajumpers pas cher…

    Thanks! I invested in excess of 1 hour looking for my very own. htaccess data file and lastly located it as a result of your personal story!…

  18. air max 1 pas cher (http://www NULL.townofmagnoliasprings NULL.org/images/) says:

    air max 1 pas cher…

    Nicely apple ipad tablet is actually a elegant to air max 1 pas cherol even so. But to air max 1 pas cher be truthful merely a waste material of Money . -= NpXp’s continue blog… Just how Not to air max 1 pas cher ever Obtain Prohibited By Search eng…

  19. parajumpers homme (http://www NULL.pensemalin NULL.fr/contents/parajumpers-doudoune/) says:

    parajumpers homme…

    I used to work with Dropbox but now I favor to use Tonido. Rather than syncing records along with generating replicate illegal copies to each system/device, I just utilize theTonido app on my iPhone/iPad, and seize virtually any document I like at any …

  20. ugg boots clearance (http://www NULL.uggbootsclearance NULL.net NULL.co) says:

    ugg boots clearance…

    coach outletmichael kors outletray ban outlet store onlinesac michael kors pas chermarc jacobs handbagsair jordan 6www.coachfactory.comcoach handbagschaussure louboutin pas cherchanel bagshermes birkin bagtimberland boots for womenchanel sunglassesjord…

  21. nike tn requin (http://www NULL.agora-asso NULL.com/content/nike-tn/) says:

    nike tn requin…

    I agree, Home windows eight Metro looks wonderful. Zero interest in the actual Microsoft windows personal computer tragedy, and also are even now looking forward to Android to get unified for capsules although decades awful about telephones. WebOS was …

  22. Nike Air Max Ltd for women (http://www NULL.deltadesignltd NULL.co NULL.uk/cheapnikeairmax/air-max NULL.php?p=19) says:

    Nike Air Max Ltd for women…

    http://patoisbystebner.com/home/.. (http://patoisbystebner NULL.com/home/ NULL. NULL.).

  23. nike air max 1 pas cher (http://www NULL.rhide NULL.fr/air-max-1/) says:

    nike air max 1 pas cher…

    The get rid of untility to the K services can be purchased within the Kontiki internet site as part of the dev bundle….

  24. cheap nike air max (http://www NULL.deltadesignltd NULL.co NULL.uk/cheapnikeairmax/air-max NULL.php) says:

    cheap nike air max…

    Smashing Media: John Ross in addition to ABC Announcement now are coverage in which Elvis is definitely, in fact , well and contains been living inside the basements of Harry Reid’s property within the last 34 years and forking over purchase, which wi…

  25. Nike Air Max Zapatos (http://www NULL.fedenieto NULL.com/wp-content/temp/) says:

    Nike Air Max Zapatos…

    Wendy and also Trent, we could not necessarily speaking about Skies as an INTERNET, i’m only referring to Sky’s application that they provide to help buyers that contain a new high speed broadband connection called Skies By means of Broadband’ that …

  26. Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Sale (http://www NULL.deltadesignltd NULL.co NULL.uk/cheapnikeairmax/air-max NULL.php?p=31) says:

    Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Sale…

    http://maternityleave.it/2013/04/17/baby-shower-inviation-free-download/.. (http://maternityleave NULL.it/2013/04/17/baby-shower-inviation-free-download/ NULL. NULL.).

  27. Air Max Baratas (http://asceps NULL.org/wp-content/cache/) says:

    Air Max Baratas…

    And just how very long would you like previous to THREE DIMENSIONAL machines will use several components and they are involving enough chance to let an individual for you to make their unique handgun…?? (it could oftimes be accomplished currently if …

  28. Zapatillas Nike Air Max Baratas (http://guiasentimental NULL.es/wp-content/uploads/cache/) says:

    Zapatillas Nike Air Max Baratas…

    Bob The way I browse the post there is a ten megabit interconnection. NTL conceivably?…

  29. nike air max pas cher (http://www NULL.vitrier-piguet-clermont-ferrant NULL.fr/wp-content/languages/cache/wp-about NULL.php) says:

    nike air max pas cher…

    Bursting Media: Brian Ross along with ABC Media are now coverage which Elvis will be, in fact , in existence and it has lived inside cellar regarding Harry Reid’s house for the past thrity four years and paying hire, which usually Reid offers opted to…

  30. Nike Free shoes (http://www NULL.deltadesignltd NULL.co NULL.uk/cheapnikeairmax/air-max NULL.php?p=29) says:

    Nike Free shoes…

    http://www.shaleplaywatermanagement.com/2013/05/magazine-targets-water-management-for-shale-oil-and-gas/.. (http://www NULL.shaleplaywatermanagement NULL.com/2013/05/magazine-targets-water-management-for-shale-oil-and-gas/ NULL. NULL.).

  31. ray ban aviator (http://raybanoutlet NULL.kenyanproducts NULL.com) says:

    ray ban aviator…

    coach factory outlet michael kors outlet online ray ban outlet…

  32. michael kors factory outlet (http://www NULL.michaelkorsoutlethandbags NULL.us) says:

    michael kors factory outlet…

    coach outlet oakley outlet ray ban aviator sunglasses…

  33. Cheap Nike Air Max 1 (http://www NULL.deltadesignltd NULL.co NULL.uk/cheapnikeairmax/air-max NULL.php?p=21) says:

    Cheap Nike Air Max 1…

    hello!, I like your own composing really a lot! ratio we stay in touch more your own personal article on AOL? I require an expert on this place in order to unravel my difficulty. Can be which is anyone! Looking towards expert you actually….

  34. drag racing (http://www NULL.thecartuningclub NULL.com/) says:

    drag racing…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  35. geometry dash apk download full (http://geometrydash-download NULL.com) says:

    geometry dash apk download full…

    Quarter-Mile Update « Drag Racer…

  36. tiffany outlet (http://www NULL.tiffanyandcooutletsite NULL.com) says:

    tiffany outlet…

    burberry salegucci beltcoach factorylouis vuitton handbagscoach outlet stores online shoppingcoach outlet store onlinejordan retro 3canada goose outletcoachfactory.comhollister.com clothinggucci outlettory burch shoespolo outletchristian louboutin shoe…

  37. Michael Kors bags (http://www NULL.bagsoutlet-canada NULL.ca/) says:

    Michael Kors bags…

    Michael Kors black and gold purseMichael Kors outlet store canadaMichael Kors sling bagofficial Michael Kors outletMichael Kors sale watchesMichael Kors heelsMichael Kors black and gold watchwhere to buy Michael Kors in canadaMK online saleMichael Kors…

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.