Jerry Ruth was "The Man" in the NW Top Fuel scene when Ed
Norton, John Hamlin, and I decided to go together on a T/F car. Of
course, he had proclaimed himself "The King" of the NW. About
the same time, Ed McCulloch was winning his share of races up here also.
He was tagged as "The Ace" (beats a King). When we had Woody,
Hanna, Cerny, and Kelly do our car for the '68 season, we thought we
should try to slip a "Joker" into the "deck" and
maybe raise a little hell.
I think we may have done that. We about broke even with Ace in our
meetings before he went funny car racing with Whipple in '70. I have to
admit that Ruth got us more often then we got him, but it was sure fun
when we did! Hence the saga of "The Joker." In actuality, the
car was called "The Joker," but the handle kind of stuck with