The only time I was ever checked by tech inspectors was in
Napierville, Canada, and it was because of who I was running. It was in
‘72 with the Fugitive and I was running Tom Maras' Moonshot injected
Chevelle. The tech guy went over the car with a fine tooth comb and
wasn't going to allow me to run because of no padding on the roll bar. I
finally went to the owner of the track and explained I was going to load
the car and leave.
They still made me make a single to "prove" I knew how to
drive the car even though it was NHRA sanctioned and I had a NHRA
license to drive wheelstanders. Bob Riggle "Hemi Under Glass"
and Bill Shrewsberry "LA Dart" had signed off a year before
for me to get it in addition to the NHRA Division Director and the track
manager at Houston (when Gil had Houston). That's one of the few times I
knew the fix was in.
However, the two runs we did make against each other, I won by as big
a margin as possible. I probably ran a second and a half to two seconds,
and 10 to 15 mph faster than he did. It wasn't pretty for him at what he
considered one of his home tracks. That's one reason I will argue that
on very few occasions, the results were at least attempted to be