- I've been racing ever since
I bought my first car. In 1959 I went to the smokers meet with
- and his brother who was in
the T-Timers car club.
- They had a 39 Ford coup with
no fenders. They ran the car on the salt and the drag strip.
- I remember there was more racing
in the parking lot, then the drag strip back then...ha..ha.
- I used to run A/G in my 1930
Chevy. Seems like that put me racing Hayden Profit
- with his 409" Chevy at
the pond and Doug Cook at Lions against his blown Studebaker
- I never did win one of those
- I was a junior in high school
when I bought the Chevy.
- It had spoke wheels and 19"
tires. The first thing I did was buy 16" wheels off of a
chevy...it had a stock 6 in it .
- My auto shop teacher had a
50 olds in the back lot, so we put the brakes,
- motor,trans,and rear end in
the my chevy.
- My first race at Lions was
the Bean Bandits, needless to say they
- beat me by half a dragstrip,
but I was hooked...ha...ha...ha. I have so many stories.
- Frank "Rootbeer"
Hedges and I used to go to the A&W in Hawthorne CA. and race
- in the place, it was one bad
little hot rod...the cops would bust me every time.
- We use to have to sneak into
the Standard Station (now Chevron)
- to get Custom Supreme, the
white pump which was 102+octane.
- I raced that '30 Chevy until
1962 when I went to Pomona and saw Gary Cagle had his chassis
- It was sitting under the grand
stands with a for sale sign $500.00. It was a complete roller
less motor and I had to have it.
- I raced that car until I had
Eddy Potter build me a full body 150" car in 1965 ,
- it had a 425" Olds motor
and was going to be sponsored by Allen Paul Olds in Inglewood,
- but that sponsorship fell through
so I installed a Chrysler Hemi in the chassis.
- The Olds motor that was in
the 30 chev went into the Dragster.
- I bought the dragster from
Gary Cagle in 1963 at Pomona.
- Injected 488" Olds engine,
with Hilborn injectors, Crankshaft Co crank, Sid Hoover aluminum
- Engle cam, Firestone slicks,
Donovan welded direct drive and axles, Henry Olds rear end and
- We raced dragster @ Lions and
- I raced George Bolthoff and
who ever else was at the Pond or Lions
- I raced the second 4 all the
time, the car ran in high 8's around 180mph.
- I remember beating Adams&
Stuart and Gary Cagles roadster once. We had match races with
Boyd and others
incuding Eddie Potter, Pete Millar, Fireside Inn and others,
it's hard to remember.
- Ralph Gudall use to take pcxs
at the track, I wonder if he saved any of them.
- This car ran pretty good. I
used to run 10% nitro in it. Keith Black used to kid me all the
time about the load
- I was running...ha...ha. He
said his motors wouldn't start on 10% ha...ha.
- The Potter built chassis never
went straight so I sold it. I contacted Don Long and he built
me a great car.
- The Don Long car was like a
Ferrari it went so straight. I bought a Ed Pink motor for it
- from Jesse Sturgeon and asked
Don Madden help me, he showed me how to run it.
- The stuff I didn't know
about dragsters then, would fill a large book...ha...ha...ha
- 1st Run in the New Don Long
Car @ the "Beach"
- Wheels Up....@ Famosa in
'72, I like it Digger!!!
- I think we ran 6.76 and won
Top Fuel Eliminator against Don Moody in 1972
- Digger trying to lighten
the car alittle by shedding a few heavy parts.
- Check out the guys out under
the tarp, they don't have a clue what's happening.
- I never towed a car so far
just to blow it up..ha...ha...Back then gas was 23.9 cents a
- it cost me $38.00 to tow to
this race in 1972.
- I went to my first challenge
Garlits race, this car ran 6.80s no matter where you ran it .
- At Tulsa we were the first
car to run in the 6s on Friday, but the we broke
the block and didn't have a spare.
- Rule #1. If you are going to
race a fuel car, you need two motors,
- order them when you order the
car or don't plan on winning any big meets.
- Any way my first trip to Tulsa
was a bust, but it was a lot a fun,
- believe it or not you could
buy beer in the pits standing in your drivers suit and
- if you showed them a NHRA license
they got real mad!!! Put that crap away,ha...ha...ha.
- The second year at Tulsa was
bad too, only this time the whole car ate it.
- Needless to say I won't go
to Tulsa no more. You know there places your just are not meant
- Tulsa must be my place...
- See what I mean!!! Tulsa
1973 was not a good track for
Digger...a little Digger dancing
- Second year at Tulsa. The car
ran good first pass, we were in the show
- ..second pass tires went bad,
turned purple that's is bad as it gets.
- So I borrowed some tires from
the Damn Yankee funny car.
- Rule #2 not a good idea to
borrow stuff you can't afford to buy
- ..any way these tires were
112 roll out and my tires were 104" roll out.
- When the clutch locked up the
motor stopped, BANG!!!! No chute, burned off, no brakes,
- parts cut the brake lines,
needless to say parts went every where...ha..ha...ha.
- The exploding parts broke the
steering off and the car was on it own and it didn't do to well...
- after 600 feet of guard rail
was knocked down it stopped...geeeese.
- No body got hurt but we lost
a lot of parts never found any thing. Steve Reuse found the Don
throttle linkage..the track loaded the car on the trailer with
- but we still had a good time.
What a trip, to top it off, I hit a skunk on the way out of Tulsa
and all the way home no one would come near the trailer
- when we stopped for gas, the
smell was really bad...ha...ha...ha.
- But after all the excitement
in Tulsa, he's still with us today...Go get 'em Digger Dan
- Sears Point '99
- All Photos provided
by Digger Dan Horan ~ August 2000