Come with me now as we take a little trip across the ages.
Here for your enjoyment are some of the coolest match racing rides to
traverse the eastern quarter miles. We'll start with the MAN -- Jungle Jim
Frank Federici's "Shark" never met a guardrail
it didn't like. When not scaring the pants off everyone with wild sideways
runs, the "Shark" could be appreciated for its awesome paint
Gary Burgin could always be counted on for solid
performances in his "Orange Baron" series of Nitro burners.
(1979) The big guy by the back of the truck is John "Indian"
Morgan, who developed a workable billet block for fuel cars.
The only person other than "Jungle" to win the
"New England FC Nats" three times is Al Segrini. He did it once
driving the awesome "Custom Body" and twice behind the wheel of
his own "Super Brut" entries. (1980)
As the ‘80s wore on, Nitro match racing began to
diminish. But the big shows continued in certain corners of the country.
And it's a good thing as certain people who would go on to be superstars
honed their competitive edge racing at the match race tracks. Here John
"Brute" Force bangs a blower while trying to out pedal Tim
In the ‘90s the match racing scene became dominated by
fast doorslammers with the likes of Mike Stawicki and others coming to
prominence racing in Pro Mod or in the "Super Chevy" Nitro Coupe
At the beginning of the new century, Funny Cars have
returned to the forefront of match racing headlines. Now it's the alky
burners who are filling the stands. Whether it's the IHRA rules, track
policies, or racer preferences, right now in New England, alky flopper
racing seems alive and well. With 14 or more cars showing for the open
shows and on-track performances on par with the Nitro burners of the early
‘80s, fans are treated to long burnouts and close racing. One of the
toughest of the bunch is the "Boston Stock Exchange" Blue Chip
Olds driven by David Rowe.