This is the famous drag racer from a small farming town in illinois, whose extraordinary success in drag racing has made him a legend in his own time to four generations of fans. Most of the guys who first grew famous driving in the 1950s have long since hung up their. Farmer arnie beswick s 1966 pontiac gto afx funny car vs the flying dutchman see more. Arnie beswick has modified the round steering wheel in his funny car. All of the above were all fun to watch for sure,john hagen was a local guy,me being fromst paul watch run a lot at minn drag ways and twin city drag way,of course enjoyed his many battles with warren johnson,it was to bad john had a on timely accident while racing and never survived the crash at the end of the track. Years later as a photographer at byron dragway i got the chance to live out a dream and get my nhra license driving jeff hoekstras small block altered and who signed that license. The muscle car history back in the and the american car manufacturers diversified their automobile lines with high performance vehicles which came to be known as muscle cars. Awesome collectible, for any pontiac, or drag race fan. Arnie beswicks accomplishments have left an indelible mark in the largest spectator sport in the united states, that of drag racing. Biography information for arnie the farmer beswick. In the 1990s, ernie irvan was one of the most popular drivers in nascar just not in the garage, because of his aggressive driving style. Arnie the farmer beswick the judge 1969 pontiac gto funnycar nhra. Browse through latest information on your favorite nhra drivers, including full biographies, latest news, highres photos and high quality videos.
In the case of arnie the farmer beswicks halfcenturylong dragracing careermost of it aboard pontiac. Drag racing team listings from 1950 to present, plus drag racing photos, stories. Aug 04, 2016 most drag racing fans know farmer arnie beswick as an early funny car driver and currently a nostalgia match racer with his tameless tiger. The dates have been set for the 2008 holley nhra national hot rod reunion, presented by soffseal.
The bfx comets of 1965 were built off a 289 engine with 271 horsepower, and used four webbers. Nhra rules at this time recognized only advertised horsepower. Behling had worked as a mechanic and back up driver for arnie beswick and eddie schartman, but the job for mt was a full time ride. We have 2 records for arnie beswick ranging in age from 50 years old to 89 years old. May 28, 20 original funny car owned and now driven by john holmes making a test run. Today he is recognized by fans the world over as not only a legendary racing figure, but the man we all. Rick had become friends with ed miller, an upstate new york racer and former nhra world champion, and in 1971 rick drove millers 426 hemi dodge scamp.
Nhra drag racing car and driver pontiac gto drag cars car humor vintage cars mens sunglasses farmer 10 seconds. Beswick suffered a severe injury during a nostalgia racing event in wentzville, missouri, last august. Arnie beswick bio pontiac preservation association. Cordova dragway park will host the nhra west central division summer showdown presented by matco tools on august 1011, 2012.
On april 17, 1965 arnie was the first nhra funny car driver to run a 14 mile in under 10 seconds, posting a 9. Mercury produced around 11 afx cars in 1964, which went to famous race car drivers like arnie beswick, eddie shartman, and dyno don nicholson among others. After consulting with arnie the farmer beswick, he special ordered this 1965 pontiac gto from bratten pontiac of norfolk, virginia with directed delivery to beswicks hometown pontiac dealership located in. As in previous years, the reunion will take place on fathers day weekend, june 15, 2008. It was the 363 horsepower version that found its way to the top drivers like lloyd cox of the mickey thompson team tuned by hayden proffitt, jim wangers and the royal pontiacs, arnie beswick. Home for the crew kool diecast and collectibles nhra diecast tv tommy ivo driver figure.
Arnie beswick the judge 1969 gto funny car funny car drag racing, nhra. Gary gerard one of the founders of the website made some calls to round up some altered wheel base cars to run at the second nehrr and netted a half dozen. The tameless tiger was rebuilt to be much lighter than when it first raced in super stock. Cordova honoring history with inaugural hall of fame class. Arnie the farmer beswick injured in racecar fire hot rod. After consulting with arnie the farmer beswick, he special ordered this 1965 pontiac gto from bratten pontiac of norfolk, virginia with directed delivery to beswick s hometown pontiac dealership located in. With it he won the 1960 nascar nhra winter nationals super stock award. As an innovator and leader in the automotive racing arena, arnie beswick has achieved unparalleled success in the high profile sport of drag racing.
Find great deals on ebay for arnie beswick when you shop the largest online selection at. Arnie beswick 1966 pontiac gto afx funny car, vs the flying dutchman dodge dart click this image to show the fullsize version. The car, now with its altered wheelbase and blown 421, was painted in orange and black tiger stripes and named the tameless tiger to identify with the gto theme. Good looking car, maybe a modified chassis research your post on fb, hope you find it. Names like snake, mongoose, big daddy, tv tommy and in the midwest we had arnie the farmer beswick. Arnie beswick brought 3 cars to the 1998 nhra hot rod reunion at national trail raceway in columbus ohio. Arnie beswick was so dominant in the factory hot rod ranks during the early to mid1960s that both of his cars reached the amp final at the 1964 bakersfield march meet. The car has even been signed by arnie the farmer beswick, former members of the race team and race luminaries. Regular updates on beswick s recovery will be posted on. Thompson, who was driving his personal sd421 catalina.
Beswick, near lane, with his 63 tempest coupe, defeated the mrs. Nhra drivers listing the nhra, the largest auto racing organization in the world. Mar 05, 2009 arnie beswick brought 3 cars to the 1998 nhra hot rod reunion at national trail raceway in columbus ohio. Drag racer at 15, twice nhra class champion by 18, in the mid1960s don gay, brother roy and compatriot arnie beswick were the standard bearers for pontiacs own altered wheelbase uprising. Honorees for the 2008 event will include drivers arnie beswick, gabby bleeker, jim walther and.
The drag racing was something i just did for fun at first, with my street car. This is a welldocumented car driven by one of the great names in drag racing. Arnie the farmer beswick obituary farmer foto collections. Top 5 funny cars by onwer and driver don schumacher. Arnie beswick s accomplishments have left an indelible mark in the largest spectator sport in the united states, that of drag racing. Bs famous grocery getter, the tameless tiger i and ii, and passionate poncho.
The farmer arnie the farmer beswick, as he is most commonly known, is a drag racer known for driving pontiacs. Beswick was talented, both mechanically and as a driver. Sox and martin raced a comet before going to mopar, and arnie beswick drove this car before switching to pontiac. Beswicks iconic car back in action thanks to fultons layne motor. Driver nicknames like big daddy cars with names like budweiser. New and factory sealed in the original retail packaging. Afx cars nhra new england hot rod reunion new england dragway epping, new hampshire september 1214, 2014 by rich berlisk nostalgia super stock inc. Arnie beswicks grocery getter dodge challenger forum. Mar 02, 2008 meanwhile, al kitts, from richfield springs, new york, started racing on the streets of schenectady, new york, in the late 1950s, with shirley muldowney and many others he won his first sanctioned race in 1960 at fonda, new york, and a year later, he had 48 wins in super stock driving a 1961 ford starliner with a 401hp 390 that ford motor company delivered directly to h. Arnie beswick 391 murf mckinney 392 doug jordan 395 gary bolger 395 len imbrogrro. As for arnie beswick, his skill as a driver in such a freeforall would have seen him continue as a pontiac racer, with full access to the latest gofaster factory parts. For 1960, beswick took the wheel of his first purposebuilt racecar, a 1960 catalina equipped with super duty race components. Arnie beswick first nhra funny car driver under arnie the farmer beswick yahoo image search results this day in motorsport history. Holley nhra national hot rod reunion events street.
Beswick is a member of the nhra division 3 hall of fame as well as the super stock, afx and funny car hall of fame. Funny car is a type of drag racing vehicle and a specific racing class in organized drag racing. Favorite nhra driver all time for b bodies only classic. Yet, at 73 years of age, arnie beswick, the morrison, illinois, farmer who became a household name in dragracing circles back in the sixties, is presently making plans to recover both physically and financially to return again to the drag strip.
Nostalgia drag world who can tame the tiger arnie beswick. Nhra drivers find information on your favorite nhra drivers. Although its rare, good things sometimes do emerge from the dustbowl of calamity. Possible related people for arnie beswick include kayla s darden, jami l hile, dana jo wanklyn, evelyn mae beswick, michele renee beswick, and many others. The pontiac brand would begin to fade from factory competition due to corporate politics soon after this super duty catalina arrived on the scene, but its legacy has lived on because of cars like white lightning. Check out coverage on the holley nhra national hot rod reunion, brought to you by the experts at street rodder magazine. Toyota drivers competed in nascar, nhra and powri events over the fourth of july weekend. Eventually we would like to have the names and numbers of everyone in every division who drove fuel funny cars between the year nhra started issuing licenses 1966 and 1979. Bs grocery getter 63 tempest station wagon driven by rick lynch. Aug 07, 2003 pontiac drag racing legend arnie the farmer beswick was critically injured in a race car fire on sunday, august 3rd at midamerica raceway in wentzville, missouri. The nhra route 66 nationals weekend will honor iconic figures of the sport including, but not limited don garlits, gary dyer and arnie the farmer beswick. The guests of honor at this years ames performance pontiac nationals were ray nichels, paul goldsmith and arnie beswick.
Don schumacher, the driver and megateam owner who wears all 6 team colored shirts on any given weekend is our next top five most influential funny cars don the shoe schumachers top 5 funny cars i have to start off with dyno don nicholson with the mercury comet, sponsored by mercury. Arnie behling later tuned the car before it was parked for good. Arnie the farmer beswick pontiac gto racing tribute video bigjp455. During the 1961 season, arnie raced a bristol blue 1961 catalina that was upgraded with super duty cylinder heads and camshaft. Arnie the farmer beswick pontiac gto racing tribute. Arnie beswick might not have been the biggest winner of the sixties, but he did put on a hell of a show. Match race legend hubert platt s at 83 hemmings daily motorsports quick shots leek inducted into world of cars we remember 1962 was a pivotal year in muscle car pontiac with power the wichita eagle pontiac with power the wichita eagle. Great detail, duplicating one of the pioneers of drag racing, arnie the farmer beswick.
Beswick was a loyal pontiac racer, though there was a short stint with a comet afx. Arnie beswick first nhra funny car driver under arnie the farmer beswick yahoo image search results. Arnie was credited the first ninesecond funny car run. Pontiac fanatic arnie beswicks tameless tiger gto was a matchrace terror in the mid1960s and has been credited in some corners with the first ninesecond funny car run and, in a more modern and. Drag racing legends to ear at arnie beswick drag racing s consummate cars will cruise main street news arnie beswick accident update 66th o reilly auto parts worldlast man standing hemmings dailybeswick s iconic car back in action thanks to read more. Today he is recognized by fans the world over as not only a legendary racing figure, but the man. Aug 12, 2007 car number 831 is a 1962 pontiac entered by korodystahl. Arnie beswick brought 3 cars to the 1998 nhra hot rod reunion at national trail raceway in. Many safety rules are in place to protect the driver and fans. His achievements, from the stock classes to funny cars, earned beswick s entry into the drag racing hall of fame in 2006. Future fuel altered driver don trillo crashed the gto bad enough to end its racing career. Jun 17, 20 all of the above were all fun to watch for sure,john hagen was a local guy,me being fromst paul watch run a lot at minn drag ways and twin city drag way,of course enjoyed his many battles with warren johnson,it was to bad john had a on timely accident while racing and never survived the crash at the end of the track.
After sustaining numerous head injuries, irvan retired. The driver is listed as dennis korody from lincoln park, michigan. Bill lawton was rhode islands most successful funny car driver in the sixties. Race car driver rick holladay was so impressed with the performance of the pontiac gtos on the track that he was determined to have one of his own to race in the nhra b class. Mickey picked arnie behling to drive his new maverick funny car. Arnies comet at the nhra winternationals as funny cars became more competitive, arnie, with no major corporate support, independently rebuilt his 63 lemans coupe to maintain his edge. Arnie the farmer beswick obituary best view about farmer. Johns mercy medical center, 615 south new ballas road, st.
Funny cars are characterized by having tiltup fiberglass or carbon fiber automotive bodies over a customfabricated chassis, giving them an appearance vaguely approximating manufacturers showroom models. Mar 10, 2014 although its rare, good things sometimes do emerge from the dustbowl of calamity. Drag racings consummate underdog elapsed times hot rod net spor we take a look at the career of drag racings consummate underdog, arnie beswick as he shares some photos and memories of racing. She was the first woman to receive a license from the national hot rod association nhra to drive a top fuel dragster. Some drivers had more than one number and some had at different times the same number.
In the case of arnie the farmer beswick s halfcenturylong dragracing careermost of it aboard pontiac. Numerous other nhra and local drag racing dignitaries will be in attendance to greet fans and take part in the weekend festivities. See more ideas about drag cars, car humor and drag. His achievements, from the stock classes to funny cars, earned beswicks entry into the drag racing hall of fame in 2006. Arnie the farmer beswick in green hat chats with wellwishers while standing behind his car at a thursday news conference for the world series of drag racing. Dyno don nicholson there have been few drag racers equipped with more versatile skills as a driver and engine buildertuner than dyno don nicholson. Ray is a legendary stock car racing team owner while paul was the driver of choice for several of rays most notable wins. Arnie the farmer beswick tameless tiger official website welcome to the official web site for arnie the farmer beswick welcome back to. Arnie the farner beswick, pontiac, dragway, nhra, ihra, nascar, racing.
Yet, at 73 years of age, arnie beswick, the morrison, illinois, farmer who. Don and roys first awb car was a unibodybased 64 gto. The major problem with the maverick was its engine. The reunion will once again be held at historic national trail raceway in hebron, ohio. Heres beswicks earliest hot rod, a 58 pontiac cgasser for the morrison, illinois legend. Vintage racingvintage carsnhra drag racingauto racingwomen driversold race carsvintage humordrag carscar humor. There have been few drag racers equipped with more versatile skills as a driver and engine buildertuner than dyno don nicholson. Arnie the farmer beswick may 11, 2016 once again youve overwhelmed me with all the birthday wishes, either by phone, regular mail, or through my page here.
Sometimes we forget that our favorite drivers left a trail before hitting the right note. Using my 1962 nhra rulebook and my old red nhra classguide binder, in order to fit dsa the 62 grand prix was powered by a 389303 with 14bl carb. Shirley muldowney born june 19, 1940, also known professionally as cha cha and the first lady of drag racing, is an american auto racer. They also have the engine placed in front of the driver, as opposed to dragsters, which place. Nhra diecast arnie beswick pontiac gto the judge super stock. Ricks arnie beswick prepared jolly green giant took home a roomful of class win trophies and several stock eliminators as well. The tameless tiger gto was home built and a little scary to say the least. Legends like beswick, gary dyer and ron colson will make appearances throughout the weekend as well. Arnie beswick at the 1998 nhra hot rod reunion youtube. The event is one of 43 scheduled across the country where drivers earn points leading to divisional, regional. Gld olympics of drag racing arnie beswicks original 1966. Arnie has been found in 2 states including kansas, illinois. Arnie is one of the few stillactive drivers who competed at the very first nhra nationals at great bend, kan.803 965 947 521 719 525 1319 293 1240 1079 1504 1452 1195 455 198 938 1252 1308 145 1129 70 466 49 849 743 1210 71 811 1467 1257 373 1318 1370 48 405 116 58 349 1184 904 1448 1160 960 1205 820 609 530