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1975 Funny Car

MODEL:AA FUel Chevrolet Monza
BUILT BY:Don Prudhomme
 Granada Hills, California
BODY BY:J & E Fiberglass
 OHV Supercharged, Fuel Injected,
 V-8 Cylinder, 2,000 H.P.
Displacement:539.1 Cu. In.

A "Funny Car" is a short wheel-based, nitromethane-burning dragster with a fiberglass replica of the body of a passenger car sitting on top. They are built to cover a quarter mile distance in a straight line, from a standing start, as fast as possible. An engine located behind the driver is considered to be safer but Funny Car engines are traditionally located in front of the driver because of their "similarity" to production cars. The wild and volated combination of a stock-looking car and a high-speed dragster has made Funny Car racing a very exciting sport since it was introduced in 1967.

Since 1962, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme enjoyed many winning victories before deciding to campaign Funny Cars in the 1970's. Prudhomme's 1975 Chevrolet Monza Funny Car displayed here was built according to Prudhomme's specifications and driven by him at the National Hot Rod Association Winston World Finals. The fuel-injected engine was supercharged with a Roots-type blower. A parachute was used to slow the car enough so that the disc brakes could stop it. This car holds the 1975 and 1976 N.H.R.A. AA Fuel Funny Car Champions ships, running the quarter mile in 6.29 seconds in 1975 and 5.98 seconds in 1976.

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