Don in 1969
Don in 1999 -
Still lookin' good for an old guy!
Smith & Ewald"
A/FD (1967). This was Kenny Youngbloods ex-ride and had a
354 hemi on 98%. This shot was from the tower at Riverside in
the lights. I
think the best this car ran was 7.54 @198.87. Easiest car I ever
"Olsen & E "Olsen
& Ewald" Jr. Fuel Dragster (1966-1967). This was my second
dragster ride and the first dragster I was partners in. We ran
the car every
week and had a ball with it. Best times were 7.92 @ 192.36.
AA/FD (1968) This is the first time out for this new RCS
car. Since it was built for a guy 3 inches shorter and 30 lbs
me, I was never real comfortable in this car but drove it for
a full season
(driving other cars in between). Think this ran something like
6.86 @ 224.
Buzz Miller Construction
AA/FD (1968) This was my first AA/FD ride and I
was hooked. This car was longer than most at the time (182")
and had an Ed
Pink .080 down 392 that made a ton of horse power. Trouble was
Lots of clutch problems with this one. I bailed out when I had
a chance to
drive what I thought was a better car.
At Orange County
International Raceway showing 'em how to lift the front wheels...Go
This car's best
time was 6.48 @ 229.36. It's also the source of my
- The following
three pcxs are of my Buttera car that we ran from 1969 to 1971.
These shots are all
from 1971 as that's when we ran the wings. This was without a
nicest race car I ever owned. It was light (1175# wet) yet trick.
and a Strange full-floater rear end. Handled like a Cadillic
(with an attitude).
- This pcx was
taken @ Lions
trademark saying, "Count to five and duck."
We used to carry
a counter weight that bolted onto a crank journal that
weighed about the same as a rod & piston assembly. The reason
If you hurt a rod and/or a piston and it didn't come out the side,
conceivably run on 7 cyls. Well one Saturday night at OCIR we'd
semis but hurt the #6 piston which in turn hurt the #6 rod. The
wedged into the cylinder but there was no other apparent damage.
never used before "counterweight" replaced the dead
rod, we pulled out the
two push rods and pounded the plug closed. Resin filled block
jackets weren't a problem. Run it. Well, when we were sitting
in line I
tried the old "ya wanna split the money deal" with James
(Warren) and he
laughed and informed me his "spies" told them what we'd
done. So much for
that idea so when Fred asked me what I was going to do I shrugged
shoulders and said, "Count to five and duck." This put
everybody on the
ground but I was serious. As fate would have it, James broke a
(which I didn't know) and I ran this vibrating piece of shit to
mark and clicked it. To our surprise it wasn't hurt any more than
when we fired it. Got lucky on that one, me thinks. At least Waterman
thought so when we took the block to him Monday morning.
Our boy Don @
Irwindale, CA ~ Hangin' out the laundry
Don putting on
a show in Las Vegas
MMove Over John
This is me n'
my KB in 1975. It's much better looking than I.
& Ewald" AA/FD 1971. This was my first rear engine deal.
Could write volumes on this car but I'll let it go with I was
survive it and after we finally figured out what was wrong (with
chassis), it ran pretty good and we won several races with it.
Ewald" Top Fuel Dragster. Don Long chassis w/ 460" KB.
was my first 5 second. Pomona in 1975. 5.97 @ 237.40. Cars best
Ewald" AA/FD - Irwindale, RCS
Community Property AA/FD, Ontario 1972 (World
Finals). This was one of three RCS "sub-frame" cars
and it was a pure joy to drive."h it.
"sub-frame car". Best 6.24 @ 231
Ewald" AA/FD - OCIR
This is the last
time I ever drove a dragster. I had quit the year
before and was out at OCIR representing Keith Black's. Bruce Walker
driving for Ron Trotter then but he was taken ill before the car
out of the trailer. Ron hunted me down and asked if I'd drive
the car. Why
not. I sent my wife home for my firesuit and we warmed the car.
short, I qualified #2 on one pass then won the race that night.
This is my
second round win over Warren. I always liked racing James as for
reason, I beat him a lot!
Da' Big Winner
This is the $$$
shot from the last Irwindale Gran Prix. This was a
sweet race because we owned it. Low et of the meet and won every
convincingly. What fun! Steve Evans, Ron Trotter, Myself
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