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  1.    4:39pm
    1. dangeroustoy

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      Registered: February 2002
      Location: NW Arkansas
      Posts: 677

      wow... I think this is the legendary crash where Big Daddy lost half of his foot, back in about 1972 (I think)... If I am correct, this photo is a true landmark in history... Big Daddy returned a year later with his new rear engine dragster design that changed Top Fuel racing forever...

      Cool to see this photo...

      Dave Brisco
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  1.    4:09pm Rating: 10 
    1. Larry M

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      Registered: April 2001
      Location: Shelton
      Posts: 4,614

      You're right Dave, this is that photo. It was in 1970 when Big Daddy lost part of his right foot when his tranny/clutch exploded at a race in California. He was in the hospital for about six weeks when he dicided to design a car that wouldn't put the driver into such a dangerous driving position. The following year he brought out the revolutionary Swamp Rat 14, it was the first successful rear-engined dragster. Don was also the first person to incorporate the principles of aerodynamics into dragster designs.

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  1.    5:05pm Rating: 10 
    1. dangeroustoy

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      Registered: February 2002
      Location: NW Arkansas
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      Thanks for the clearification on the year... I was just a young pup back then, but I have always been a "Big Daddy" fan...

      Dave
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  1.    5:39am Rating: 8 
    1. JeffMcMaster

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      Registered: December 2002
      Location: Monmouth, IL
      Posts: 19

      I don't know how many people know this, but Don designed his first rear engine dragster in his hospital bed.

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  1.    3:25am
    1. gassersrule_196

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      Registered: March 2004
      Location: Lawrence
      Posts: 3,261

      larry m: sneaky pete robinsonalso played aroudn with aero dynamics in his car designs jsut a tid bit..scooter
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  1.    5:19pm
    1. jerry clayton

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      Registered: February 2006
      Location: Bartlett
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      The failure of the ground effects spoiler under Pete's dragster probably was the major contributing factor to his accident that claimed his life.

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