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Not exactly drag racing, but close enough to be fun. Gearheads of a certain age were getting all misty eyed upon being greeted at the Atlanta show’s entrance by these relics of a bygone era. It was a short-lived success story for MPC’s Zingers, but for a time in the early ‘70s, these pint-sized cars with full-sized motors were all the rage with plastic model builders everywhere.
Part of the Drag City USA exhibit, featuring machines from Don Garlits’ Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida, was the 1967 “Bounty Hunter” dragster owned and driven in the day by current NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car owner Connie Kalitta. Behind Kalitta’s ride is Don Prudhomme’s Wynn’s Winder from 1970.
The 35th O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels presented by Super Start Batteries wrapped up this past weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta and mixed in amongst the garish customs, four-wheeled works of art and cheap trinket vendors were a few bona fide drag racing machines. DRO’s man on the scene sent back a few snapshots of proof.