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Funny Car Rocks the Rose Bowl

By Darr Hawthorne

Gary Densham? No, it's the AAA Rose Parade float for 2000! Photo by Darr Hawthorne
Gary Densham? No, it's the AAA Rose Parade float for 2000!
Photo by Darr Hawthorne

Here is a construction shot of the 55-foot giant FC float that rocked the Rose Bowl parade.

Rose Parade Sponsor/Participant: Automobile Club of Southern California Float Theme: A Century of Setting the Pace... The float is a replica of the 300-mph nitro-powered funny car of drag racer Gary Densham. The car body lifts to reveal a pulsating engine and its huge rear tires rotate and smoke as the car "peels out," and a 40,000 watt sound system provides realistic funny car sounds as it speeds down the parade route. More than 1,500 Auto Club members and employees volunteered an excess of 6,000 hours to decorate this float.

There was a documentary being shot when we were there about the building of that float and others; it was seen on HGTV. Great to see some positive coverage of Drag Racing seen by millions all over the world!

Happy New Year!

Darr Hawthorne
www.BurningMotorHome.com

 

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