Idaho's first Funny Car was the
"Gentle Ben" Cuda of Ron McDowell, right, and Jerry
Taylor at Firebird Raceway in 1968.
Pulling down the Firebird staging
lanes in 1972, this is the AA/Funny Car of Twig Zeigler, winner
of the inaugural Nightfire 500 (`72). Twig also won the 1976
Nightfire race. too. Originally a school teacher from the greater
Pendleton area, Zeigler competed at almost every Firebird major
events throughout the 70's up until 1981, the year he started
winding down his fuel Funny Car efforts.
Roy Harris in Liberman's
#2 car at Maple Grove circa 1974.
Some rare stuff here. Harry and
Pete Burkholder decided to leave the fuel altered ranks and team
up with the three Spiegel brothers to race this funny. The Spiegel
brothers had a chassis and body and the Burkholder's had an engine,
a tune-up and a driver (Harry). So, since they were 5 brothers,
they called the car "The Brotherhood". It was the first
funny car chassis that John Shoemaker ever built. Here's two
b&w photos of the car at Fremont, plus a color shot of the
motor and front of the chassis.
The Boggs brothers, Ron and Steve,
were from Ohio and ran this American Motors AMX-bodied alky funny
around 1971. Powered by a bored & stroked late hemi. Ron
was the driver.
Funny Car engine/cockpit
circa 1969. Note the pre-butterfly steering wheel.