- We have discussed
"Legs Under" Dragsters many times on the 1320 e-Group.
- Here's a couple
of pcxs of a "Legs Under" owned by Big Yohns back in
you spot the clutch pedal?
- A very famous
"Legs Under" dragster built by Kent Fuller
- was the Stellings
& Hampshire Red Stamp Special.
- Check out the
Tee of it in the 1320 Store
- Before I got
my first car, Arvy Mack, part owner of The Big Wheel
- Auto Stores
bought this car from Ivo in the fall of 1962. It ran with a 454
Chrysler on gas normally. Arvy at various times ran an Enderle
- a Hillborn
4-port and a Slot by Scott. At our urging Arvy put
Hillborn Stack Injection on it for the World Series in Cordova
- and tried to
run as a B/FD with 90+ % Nitro. However, it was a 9 to
1 gas motor and wouldn't fire much of a load so that was a one
time only experiment.
- A/Gas Dragster - 1963
- On Gas Blazing the Slicks
- Match Racing on Gas in 1963
- Boy, Big Yohns, you sure moved
the fuel tank higher or is it loose?
- Big Yohns tells me that it's
because of the Slot by Scott injector
- it liked gravity feed.
For 1964 Arvy built a 392 Fuel Motor and added the nose piece.
- He only ran
it a few times, once was at Cordova for a match race with
the Guzler. The car made an abrupt right turn each run, right
off the line.
- Arvy parked
the car when he got home and I took it over the
- Mid-season we had a really
bad clutch explosion and sawed the car almost in two.
- No one was hurt. We repaired
the car and stretched it about two feet from original I think
112" to 130 something. Best e.t. was a very low eight second
and we ran about 198 best,
- never could quite squeeze a
200 out of it.
- The engine was a 392 + .030
with an Enderle Barndoor/Isky Cam etc.
- I don't think we ever ran much
over 90 percent. Ran the
same rods, pistons etc. all season, so we weren't leaning on
it very hard.
- This was my first effort to
actually run a car and do all the maintenance myself.
- I kept the car at home and
did everything with no help during the week.
- Doug mixed fuel etc. at the
track. Normal Top Eliminator money was $100,
- so my main objective was to
run as hard as I could without breaking anything.
- Hoover was the Big Frog in
our small pond in 1965.
- This is the Ivo-Pepmuller Car
when I owned it.
- We ran under the name of The
Big Wheel. I only have one or two shots
of it during my ownership. Doug Paton was the driver and we ran
the car during 1965.
- Big Yohns' Second Car
- Over the winter of 1965-66,
my friend Lyle Haley found a uncompleted car while visiting California
- Here are two pcxs of the car
as it looked when he located and bought the car for me for $1,200
- The chassis was a RCE small
block car. I bought block, crank
and heads at a local Chevy dealer. The car was not finished until
June of 1966.
- We raced it at Minnesota Dragways,
Fargo/Moorhead and Rockford IL.
- We finally got a few 200 mph
runs with mid seven second e.t's. I don't remember any specific
We were the last entrant into Mickey Thompson's 200 MPH club.
- "Doug Paton drove this
car as well as the Chrysler car the year before.
- He and his wife Beth and I
and my first wife Joan were the track
crew. Joan drove the push car. Mid season Denny Preuss joined
us as a crewmember."
The car was fun to run and we ran it
all year on the same rods and pistons too.
- We simply had no money for
spares, so I didn't have even a spare rod and piston.
- We ran 95% and up in this car
with about 40 degrees in the mag and as I said it would
run 200 and 7:50's, but we kept it a little rich. These are the
only pcxs I have of the car.
- My driver, Doug Paton, moved
to California in the fall of 1966 and I
wanted to run the car once more at Rockford.
- Vern Anderson agreed to drive.
On the first run, we lofted the blower and Vern got oiled in.
- He couldn't find the chute
release and was disoriented,
- went off the left side of the
strip but thought he was off the right side. he kept steering
- left to get back on the strip
and kept going further off the track.
- He crashed badly and virtually
destroyed the car. I never even tried to fix it,
- however I gave what was left
to Doc Halladay (Telstar) and he and Jerry Finn
- revived it and ran the following
- After the crash during the
66-67 winter , I sold what was left of the motor to Ky Michaelson,
- who later became the Rocket
- Tom Hoover told me that a buddy
of his, Keith Peabody had bought Zane Schubert's
- small block Chevy RCS car,
but had no scratch for a motor.
- I met with Keith and we decided
that I would build a motor and put in his car and he would drive.
- The car was painted Black by
Jon Kosmoski owner of House of Kolor.
- His shop burned down and our
aluminum body panels were somehow not damaged.
- Big Yohns'
- This is the
ex-Zane Shubert/ Herbert Cams RCS car.
- Zane was the
first to go 200 with a "Belly Button Motor" with this
- If the small
block was a Belly Button Motor, I hesitate to think what the
Big Block Motor
might be. Anyway, Keith "The Pea" Peabody was driving
and we had a 427 Chev in it,
- our second
Big Block car.
I built another 427 with parts from the local Chevy dealer.
- This time we ran some new stock
HiPo rods too.
- We ran it mostly
on about 90% and toyed with 200 every run but seldom got there.
- It was a mostly
stock engine, with stock crank and rods,
- 4-bolt block,
MT Wedge Chrysler pistons of some sort
and basically stock heads. We ran a roller cam, but I can't remember
- the lifter
galleries were drilled for a half hole for roller guides. Did
than one cam grinder have this style of indexing in 1967?
- It was really
light, just over 1100 pounds. It looks like
- The Pea was
experimenting with a little clutch slippage.
- The trailer
rig in the background is Jim Lutz's deal for his and partner
- Myron Lundbergs
factory backed Olds fuel funny car.
- That's me standing on the side
of the track with my hands in my pockets.
- We got the car together late
in the spring and ran at Minnesota Dragways a couple of times
- and then decided to go to Union
Grove for their big Memorial Day blowout.
We got there and every touring pro in the country was there.
- There were about 30 cars trying
for 16 spots. Garlits, Schwartz, Kallitta,
Hoover, Robinson (all three with cammers), The Greek, The Guzler,
- and about 23 more hitters,
We decided to put 97% in it, 40 in the mag and sharpen it up
a little with the jetting.
- One run, we get in or blow
it up and watch, or go home. Hoover volunteered to come up
- to the line and set the barrel
We had 2" headers on it and it was loud, I mean really loud
- Peabody sat there waiting for
Tom to come up to the motor and just as Tom reached out with
- Peabody whacked it. Hoover
came off the ground and turned around and came back
to me and shook his head up and down and we waved Peabody to
the starting line.
We ran in the right lane and the car went like an arrow and really
- but Peabody, not being a featherfoot,
busted the throttle pedal mount and went over centerline.
- When he couldn't get off the
throttle he touched the clutch and the motor blew and oiled him.
From the starting line we saw a huge dust cloud after the cars
cleared the traps
- and the announcers went nuts.
We took off in a hurry, remembering
- Vern's crash from the year
before. When we got to the car it was in the left lane,
- but the chute was gone from
the shrouds, no cloth at all, just the shroud lines.
- Peabody was pretty excited
and babbling about weaving around and leaning this way
and that and steering into the lean. I just looked at the motor
- what was left of the chute
on the car and we pushed around to the return road.
The car that had run the left lane was there and the guys were
- our parachute from their front
tire. It turns out that Peabody crossed the center line
- to the left and the car in
the other lane ran into our parachute which
- wrapped up in the tire and
pulled the other car into the back end of our car.
- The other driver apologized
for hitting our car. I was incredulous, "what do you mean,
hitting our car?"
He pointed to the seat in our car and it was dented,
- and he said he hit us there
and then went on past our car.
It was a pretty quiet ride back to the pits, where the first
person we saw
- was Jerry Finn, a buddy of
mine, formerly of the Finn, Manke, Halladay "Padded Cell"
- Jerry told Peabody he had been
coming in the entrance road just as we ran and saw everything.
He said that was the greatest job of driving he had seen.
- He said that after the car
spun around when the other car hit us, at about
190 mph, the way Peabody guided the car out through the light
- the track and then around and
back through the posts and onto the track simply beat
- anything he had ever seen at
Peabody and I were speechless. I looked at Peabody and he said
he had already
- told me about not being able
to see, and when the car leaned he steered that way and when
- leaned the other way he steered
that way. He had no idea where he was or what he was
doing. I decided then and there that I didn't want to do this
- That was the last run we made
as a fueler.
The year before, Vern Anderson had broken his back in the
- accident at Rockford, now this.
It was too much.
We decided to finish the year racing, but as Top Gas so I built
another 427 for gas.
- We lightened everything we
could lighten, and at best with cast iron block and heads
- we weighed 1080 full of water,
oil and gas. Peabody repainted the car yellow and green stripes.
Zane took all the weight off that he could when he was running
200 with a small block.
- There wasn't any torsion bar
inside the front frame tube.
- The torsion bar arms were bolted
directly to the frame tabs. No Suspension.
- It had a Halibrand non-quickchange
championship rear end with a tube axle
- and one brake assembly on the
- On gas we had Donny Hampton
prune the blower case and trim the manifold.
- It had an aluminum can with
no liner. One time we followed Ron Colson
- onto the scales with his Stiletto
car and we were like 30 pounds lighter,
- he was incensed. He had titanium
bolts and had drilled everything on his car for lightness.
We never thought of the Surfers trick of running without an idler
- picking belt and pulley sizes
to just fit, but we couldn't have run a bigger front pulley than
- It already hit the track during
shutdown and we used a dolly to tow the car around cause the
block was about two inches longer than the small block and the
- angle was so severe that the
blower pulley almost touched the ground at rest.
We went to Cordova for the World Series of Drag Racing the weekend
before Labor Day
- and as luck would have it,
we drew Billy "The Kid" Scott first round.
- Peabody was with him until
we hit the bump in the bad lane that we were relegated to by
the slower e.t.
- Back into the trailer and go
We set the track gas dragster e.t. and top speed records at the
- scheduled race of the season
at Minnesota Dragways Labor Day weekend.
- Something like 7:85 and 187
mph. One of the stock rods snapped
- and put a hole in the block.
On the way home I decided I was done.
- I told Peabody we'd unload
the car at his place and he could pay me something
- someday for what was left of
the motor. I towed the trailer home
- and sold it over the winter
to Denny Darragh.
- I still have the toolbox and
some photos. And the memories, ah,the memories. Big Yohns
P. S. One day about two years later Peabody called me and said
he had some
- money for me for the motor.
There is honor among racers. B. Y.
- First shot is me, son Kol and
daughters boyfriend Marc in the trailer at CHRR 1999.
Second is me with my friend from Minneapolis, Jim "Sweddy"
Swedberg who drove at CHRR99.
- Jim has driven top fuel, Alcohol
dragsters etc. for 30 years and now lives in
- Grand Forks ND and has his
own A-Fuel Blown Donovan FED.
- Sweddy and I are about 8 years
apart in age, but we learned at CHRR that we grew up
- 3 blocks apart and he was my
folks paper boy after I married and left home.
We qualified twelfth at CHRR 99, our first race.
- We drew the eventual winner
second round, the McKray, Algire and Enriquez entry.
Sweddy cut a 4:08 light but we suffered a performance gap of
- We lost, but we made it to
second round at our first race.
The car lifts the front wheels every run, just like this.
- And This...
Photos by Dawn Mazi
- After CHRR we finished installing
our Cygnus Race Computer
- and in December we took
the car over to Carlsbad Raceway.
- Howard Haight helped install
the computer and also came to the track
- the next week to help us
sort out operation of the computer and mentor
Kol in his quest to learn to drive a race car for the first time
at age 43.
- Howard gives Kol some tips.
Howard, who drives the Nostalgia Top Fuel car called the Circuit
Breaker made a pass and ran faster,
- at almost 172, than the
car ever had before. Then it was Kol's turn.
- Here's Kol's first time
in the car on the track.
Our next outing was to Palmdale, LA County Race Track, for licensing.
- Bob McKray took an interest
in our efforts and offered to accompany us and help to get Kol
- This was January 2000. Here's
Kol and Bob.
This is after Kol's sixth and final run, all completed unbelievably
within three hours on one day.
He has now qualified for his license.
I don't know which one of us was more relieved that this was
- Kol, because he was showing
great natural ability, or me because
nothing had broken and it didn't appear that I was putting Kol
in harms way.
Here is 3/4ths of my crew. On the left is Dave Dewars, who partnered
with Sweddy for years,
- racing dragsters back in the
Seated in the car is Dewayne Engness, former owner/driver of
cars called Hot Sauce
- from the Fargo /Moorhead area
and also former owner of a dragstrip in that area as well.
- On the right is the shoe, Sweddy.
Bob Meyer, the chassis builder, came along as well to
assist with running the car, but he had wandered away.
- At the Goodguys March Meet,
Kol was unable to drive due to business conflicts,
- so once again, Sweddy stepped
into the car. Here
he's conducting a ritualistic experiment, quaintly called a "Burnout".
- We went out first round here,
but the car ran well. Here's Sweddy in a typical launch mode.
- A race car has to have a
place to rest, after the races are over, and be prepared for
the next outing. Here's mine
When the car is all set to
go, the crew must contemplate the next action.
- Here is me and Kol and Marc
after completing the
preparations for Pomona.
The next shot is of the workers creating a spot next to the garage,
- gotta have a to park the
motorhome and trailer.
Then the motorhome and trailer in their allocated space.
Having everything at home is really a pleasure, instead of the
way it used to
- be with the race car and
trailer at Kol's house and the motorhome in storage.
- Everything was difficult.
I can't say how much this has helped.
- Kol's First Wheelstand
- Here are pictures of the takeoff,
gaining altitude and the landing at Pomona Goodguys meet.
- This was a bad attitude and
not something we want to ever repeat.
- P. S. The first and last shots
are by Cody Coleman.
- Kol doing his best impression
of The Frantic 4's Norm Weekly or TV Tommy Ivo
- Tires Flat, Chassis bent, but
Kol doesn't lift... his Greek impression.
- Check out the height of the
wheelie bar, Kol don't need no stinkin' wheelie bar...
- wheelie bars are for sissy
drivers, right Kol?
- As of 8/01/2000 the car's best
times are 7.70et @ 172mph and runs in Jr. Fuel Class
- 9/10/00 Sears Point, CA ~ 7.62et