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Vintage Drag Racing: Danny Ongais Drives Mickey Thompson’s 1969 Mustang

Posted in Mustang, Racing by Kurt Ernst | March 4th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Early funny cars were evil tempered, ill-handling deathtraps that were as likely to blow up as make it down the 1/4 mile. The above vid is AHRA drag racing history at its finest: Danny Ongais, best known for his exploits behind the wheel of an Indy car, pilots a 1,500 horsepower Mustang funny car as it hops and bounces down the track at Bristol. I love the sound of the single cam 427 as it tries to idle, running on pure nitromethane.

Bous points if you can tell me Ongais’ nickname without having to Google it.

Enjoy the vid, courtesy of BangShift

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  1. Awesome. This kind of thing doesn’t get enough good press – everyone poo-poo’s driving quick in a straight line. Not easy to do, and dangerous as hell, particularly in something like what Ongais drove.

    BTW, his nickname was “OnTheGas”. :)

  2. Kurt says:

    Agreed, launching a car properly takes some serious skill and the early funny cars were essentially rolling bombs. Ever see the firesuits and respirators those guys wore? None for me, thanks.

    Actually, I was going for his other nickname – The Flyin’ Hawaiin. His ability to race anything on two or four wheels (and do it well) was pretty amazing.

  3. I have been looking for a way to see this blue car run again, You have made my day. Is there a way to purchase tee-shirt or poster or something to benefit Mickey Thompson foundation or something? You did Me a real Favor by sharing this. I,m Grateful. Randy I,m 61 and disabled I look for things to help Me have a better day, This did it.