Perry S. Wyatt, Jr., has put together a great story for his dad,
Perry Wyatt, Sr., who owned and tuned the Super Camaro funny car. He
kindly consented to share his story with Draglist.com readers. As it spans
40 years, we are running it in installments. Check out the links at the
bottom to navigate the entire story. Perry is looking for any info on his
dad's old funny car, the Super Camaro. If you know of any info or photos,
please drop him a line. bp
1974. Going to Detroit Dragway was very different this year!
Gone were the "Ramchargers," "Trader Ray" and the
"Vega" had taken over! The "Motown Shaker,"
"Machine Gun Kelly," "Doug's Headers," and the
"Fireball Vega" to name a few!
However, this year for the first time ever, my dad took us to
"Indy"! I was 13 years old. We left late on Sunday night. Drove
to some "seedy" little motel a buddy of my dad had told him
about. When we went inside to sleep, I remember turning on the TV and
watching the Jerry Lewis telethon.
Anyway, we got up early and headed for the track. As we approached, my
heart started racing and my stomach was upset! Then there it was!
Indianapolis Raceway Park! The Mecca, the "Woodstock," the
biggest and baddest of them all and Home of the "US NATIONALS"!
We pulled in and parked, we were on the right lane side, way pass the
finish line behind the circle track. We got tickets and sat on that same
side and never left them all day!
I remember that Billy Meyer was running well and made it to the final
to race the "Snake" in the "Army" Cuda. Then it rained
and postponed the final until Tuesday. My dad did not want to spend
another night, so after 3 hours to get out of the parking lot we headed
Next day we get a call and find out "Snake" had beat Billy in
the final after it looked like had they raced the day before, Billy may
I got to talk to "Snake" about this at "Indy" last
year. He said that if they had run that same day, Billy probably would
have beaten him. With the rain, however, he got a chance to go to the
hotel and in the parking lot they worked all night to correct the problems
that they were having, while Billy and his crew went out drinking all
night! Next day "Snake" was ready for him and won
I was very impressed that "Snake" took the time to discuss
that with me, something that happened when I was 13 and now at 40(27 years
later, oh my god), I'm talking to him about it like it was yesterday!
Hey, I just realized, I was 13 the first time I went to
"Indy" and last year I took my son, for his first time to
"Indy" and he was 13, WOW, what's up with that?
1974. Returned from "Indy" to start the eighth grade at a new
school, because we had moved during the summer. We now lived in Taylor and
it was a little too far to ride the bike to the Trans. shop. So, because I
spent allot of time at home, I got into slot car track racing and very
heavy back into model car building (two things that have been lost on our
Life had changed!
1975. Don't remember going to Detroit Dragway, but a friend of
my dad's took us out to Milan Dragway for a funny car show. Also, my dad
planned to take us to "Indy" again, but his lunged collapsed and
he was recovering from that. Fortunately for my brother and me, another
friend of my dad's was going to "Indy" and volunteered to take
We left on Saturday, this time, so we were there for Sunday and Monday.
It was great, spent Sunday roaming the pits, getting handouts and taking
pictures of cars, only going to the stands when the funnies or top fuelers
"Snake" had the new Monza and had won most every race that
year. Raymond Beadle was driving the "Blue Max."
Monday, we sat in our seats all day to watch every pass. When Beadle
beat the "Snake" in the final, they crowd roared!
Then Garlits beat Shirley. It was a Classic! I wish my dad could have
been there, it was a fabulous experience!
I returned home to start the ninth grade. I had plenty of pictures to
show my new friends. I'll never forget it and I have the pictures to
remember it by!
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