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The First Funny Car?

By Ron Pellegrini

Did Ron Pellegrini run the world's first funny car? Photo thanks to Ron Pellegrini
Did Ron Pellegrini run the world's first funny car? Photo thanks to Ron Pellegrini

Just to add a little insight to the discussion of who had the first funny car... This question has been asked many times before. If anyone has any other info, I'd be interested in hearing about it. To clarify the definition of "funny car," it's a tube chassis/ all glass body/ supercharged engine. To the best of my knowledge, I built the first car that was known as a "funny car." Attached is a picture of the car. I ran it for the first time the third week of May 1965 at U.S. 30 Drag strip in Gary, Indiana. The following weekend I ran at Gil Cohen's Detroit Dragway on Saturday night & Toledo Dragway on Sunday. I have the timing slips.

Ron Pellegrini
acrp33@pacbell.net

 

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