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August 23, 2019

1962 Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster – No Turning!

by Mike – 

In horse racing the saying goes “different horses for different courses”. An analogous saying is even more true in the car racing world but I can’t think of a clever, rhyming way to say it.

1962 Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster

1962 Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster

The featured racecar today is the 1962 Greer-Black-Prudhomme dragster. This dragster ran its first race in June 1962 at the Pomona Drag Strip in Southern California and launched the career of Don “The Snake” Prudhomme who is the most winning driver in quarter-mile drag race history.

Prudhomme won more than 90 percent of the races he entered between 1962 and 1964. This car was a key component of that success – it dominated drag racing in that period with consistent quarter mile times of less than 8 seconds at top speeds of more than 190 MPH. Imagine what those G-forces must feel like.

This dragster was tuned by Keith Black and built by Kent Fuller.

1962 Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster

Compare this car to another world champion racecar that was featured yesterday, the Ferrari 250 GT 250 SWB. It might be fun to see these two cars race – well for a few seconds anyway until the first turn came up. The dragster would not do so well on turns and the Ferrari would be several seconds behind the dragster by the time it finished the quarter mile straight.

These two world champs were made and raced at about the same time; one turing left and right, the other just going very fast in a straight line with one in Europe and one in the United States.

1962 Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster

Both the dragster and the Ferrari are owned by Bruce Meyer. The dragster is on display now at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

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Greer Black Prudhomme Dragster

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