Who was Antone Addesso and the Pig Pen Funny Car?
By Dale Smith
Antone Addesso had one of the tallest blower-injector combos in
funny car history. Photo by Tom Massarella
When I moved to New Canaan, CT, I was a junior in high school. I met Antone Addesso at this
time in 1981, and I started to help out. Antone had a Ken Cox funny car, just like the ol' Veney's
Vega -- same style chassis and body. Antone never used a Rodeck, always a 392, and then
Donovan 417 motors.
The induction system you see was a funny deal. With the Ken Cox chassis, it was a laydown deal,
and with the "high rise" intake manifolds that were popular with blown alky Donovans, Antone
found that he could not see around the blower and bird catcher. So he fabricated a box spacer to
fit between the blower and injector hat. He figured he could see between the two. I remember
well when we finished this deal up; he was soooo happy that he could see ahead! Antone was
strictly a sometime match racer. He was never a real hitter, but his car was always sanitary,
always ran, and did bitchin' burnouts.
By the way, when Al Hofmann bought his first fuel funny car from Radici & Wise, he had no clue
as to what he was doing. He knew Antone, and it was the big Italian who was Hofmann's biggest
savior in the beginning of his career. This is also how I met Al and started to help him, but that
is a whole 'nuther story in the adventures in dysfunctional human behavior.