1965 - 1970 NHRA 8mm Drag Racing Film Wichita KS Manhattan KS & Tulsa OK World Points Finals
In 2017 I found my families old 8mm films - reels and reels of it. After discovering just how expensive it is to have that old film converted to DVD (they charge by the foot!), the project was shelved. Then my dad mentioned the film and told me he had taken his moms 8mm camera to the drag strip in the mid and late 1960’s.
He grew up in Wichita, KS and even drag raced his Corvette in the late 1960’s. After discovering this I was now really excited to see what he had captured! After spending many hundreds of dollars and waiting in excitement the film was finally converted to DVD in late 2017. After sitting down and watching it with my dad I was enthralled by the footage he took!
Here is some of what he captured;
Wichita International Raceway in 1965, 1968 & 1970 Ericson Chevelle crashed, Frawley Dodge Peppermint Flash Cornet, Ted DeTar in the Kansas Badman, Hemi Hoss Paddock Plymouth Burton & Guthrie, The Marauder, Sites Brothers Plymouth Skootin Baracuda, Sump’n Else 2 Chevy II Roger Caster, AA Top Fuel cars, super stock, Shelby 350 Mustang, Brimstone Chevelle, Commotion Dodge, Blades Engines, Larry Owens Hell Fire, Sprite Chevelle, Missouri Missile Camaro, GoodGuy, Blades Engines, Dick Harrell Courtesy, Huston Platt Dougs Headers, Don Burns & Warren Gunter’s Durachome Bug, Fred Gibb & Dick Harrell Chevrolet, pits and more!
Manhattan Raceway Park 1968 Jet Cars, Mad Rat, Mr. Speed II Li’l White Ghost, Walt Arfons Jet Car, Exodous Jet Car, Hummer and more!
Tulsa Southwest Raceway - 1966 & 1968 NHRA Worlds Points Finals! Lots of Top Fuel, Super Stock and Funny Car’s. Gene Snow Rambunctious, Hurst Hairy Oldsmobile 442, Dave Beebe, Connie Kalitta, Jerry Ruth, Tom McEwen, Tom Hoover, Linda Vaughn Mrs Hurst Olds, Mongoose, street eliminater, UFO funny car, Sneak Peat Robinson, Ed Schartman RSE Mercury Comet, Bob Ford & Dick Brannan Mustang, Hottman Chev-Olds Chevelle, Kenz & Leslie 777 Mercury Comet, trace side Phillips 66 station, Smothers Brothers Olds 442, GTO GeeTo Tiger drag race, Assimilation Dodge, behind the scenes & more.
There are a lot of other classic cars and drivers I didn’t take the time to identify and note above - so have fun spotting some cars and people you may recognize! This is a trailer for the film. The film available for purchase is over 32 minutes long. The full film is on thumb drive and is $34.95 plus KS tax if you live in KS. Shipping is included!