Ron O'Donnell, Norm Weekly, and I all drove the Chris "The
Greek" Karamesines' Fuller funny car. I can't remember in which
exact order, but I do KNOW that Norm and O.D. can relate to this.
You're a kid stumblin' around the Midwest in the late 60s or early
70s, driving race cars whenever you can, most likely starvin' on
occasion, but just gotta live your dream. Then, when you're about to chuck
it all and get a real job, the fabled "Golden Greek" says to you,
"Hey kid, ya wanna drive my funny car on tour?" Are you sh*tin'
me? Just point me to the rainbow, you say. You cut your deal (you would pay
HIM, if need be), sit down, go over the dates for the hot rod, and so on.
You get the truck ready, likewise the car and you're ready. Stand back --
this is gonna be bitchin'... You get with Chris and he lays out your
supplies and spare parts to start the "Tour." The supplies are ten
shop towels, half a case of Kendall 60 weight, and a pre-mixed (80%) supply
of enough nitro to make the match race or two you have booked (if you don't
warm her up too long).
Ahhh! Now to the spare parts (stored in a single milk crate): one intake
rocker, one head gasket, two valve springs, one used blower belt, and a few
more shop towels. You look at Chris and go, "What the f**k!?" He
smiles and says he's been racing like that for 20 years; what's the
problem? No problem, and off you go. The Greek -- what a beauty. Chris was
not cheap he really thought everyone could race the way he did. He
forgot he was "The Greek" and he could make next round no matter
what HE needed -- there would be a line at his trailer to loan him anything,
up to and including a spare car if needed!
Now, I'm not puttin' down the old man. I lived out back of his house
and I drove for him. But this was just a taste of how we raced em in the