It seems like old times for Snake and me; between friendship and business we’ve been spending more time together as of late than since the Hot Wheels days. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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Drag Racing Practically Pain-Free
When Las Vegas racer Jim Yankers mentions A/C with regards to his race car, he isn’t referring to Altered Coupe. He really does mean “air conditioning.”
His ‘02 Camaro Z28 is a perfect example of how you can race a weekly schedule, not overexert yourself or your pocket book, have big fun and possibly win some races in the process. (more…)
Friends of the Goo$e, things have been really hoppin’ these past few weeks and I want to fill you in.
The Snake turned 70 recently and Don’s wife Lynn, daughters Donna and Lynn Rose wanted to do it up right–and they nailed it! (more…)
Faithful readers, I wish I could have teleported you all with me recently to Snake’s operation just north of San Diego. Ever since he finished the amazing restoration of his ‘67 Dodge D700 yellow Hot Wheels Funny Car hauler, he’s been gnawing on the idea of finding my similar red Hot Wheels rig. Don’s had been owned by Richard Petty, mine by Sox & Martin. These are the transporters we used during our Hot Wheels days in the early ‘70s. Keep in mind that it’s been 35 years since I sent it down the road. Very rarely do good things happen to obsolete race stuff. (more…)
Story of legendary racing rivals adds Wayne Holloway to direct; Casting underway
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 Mongoose” McEwen and partnered with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to produce a motion picture about their years revolutionizing one of the world’s most thrilling sports on and off the track. (more…)
I’d been wheeling Mopar-bodied Funny Cars since I got into that line of racing work. It all started with the infamous “Flying Fish,” the Southern California Plymouth Dealers’ rear-engine Barracuda. In quick succession came the ex-Candies & Hughes Barracuda then on to the Dusters from Hot Wheels through Beechnut, finally ending with the Navy/English Leather rides. Those Dusters were aerodynamic bricks, especially compared with all of the swoopy body styles the GM and Ford guys were sporting. Plus, Chrysler wasn’t digging deep into its corporate pockets to keep me on board. So, come 1977, it was time to move on. (more…)
In ’87, after the powerful Blue Max operation finally disbanded, D. Gantt joined my Coors Corvette team. One of his favorite expressions was, “these are the good old days.” Pretty good thought, I’d say. (more…)
Faithfull readers, this edition I have a special event to share with you. Very recently the famous Peterson Automotive Museum hosted a unique affair paying tribute to my old friend, business partner and teammate, “The Snake,” called An Evening with Don Prudhomme. It was held in conjunction with the opening of a major new exhibit commemorating 60 years of NHRA racing. Your old Goo$e was one of the honored guests. Besides all of the cars on display for the NHRA exhibit, there were half a dozen others, including the Greer Black and Prudhomme dragster that owner Bruce Meyer brought.