Many say the 1960s were the golden age of drag racing. Watch this awesome action from the 1966 NHRA Winternationals and you’ll be inclined to agree.
This original film-to-video of the 1966 NHRA Winternationals is not in the finest condition, but the material is so exceptional we couldn’t pass it up. There’s a lot of fantastic stuff crammed into this not quite four minutes, including:
+ Roland Leong’s Hawaiian AA/Fuel Dragster driven by Mike Snively. The Hawaiian outfit was red hot at the time, winning both the Winternationals and the U.S. Nationals at Indy in 1965 with Don Prudhomme driving, and repeating the feat again in 1966 with Snively (above) in the cockpit.
+ Shirley Shahan, the Drag-On Lady, who wheeled her 426 hemi-powered ’65 Plymouth to a Top Stock Eliminator victory at Pomona, becoming the first woman to score an NHRA national event win.
+ Danny Ongais, who made his name in drag racing behind the wheel of the Hawaiian and Mickey Thompson’s Mustang funny cars, among others, then took his considerable driving talents to IMSA road racing and Indy cars.
Best of all, the narration is provided by the late Steve Evans, drag racing announcer extraordinaire and a truly great guy. It was wonderful to hear him at work again in this segment. Enjoy the action.