This is a Thunderbolt with an altered wheelbase. The rear wheels have been moved forward to aid in weight transfer.
Larry Davis tells me that this car was run by Sidney Foster, and that it was either from Missouri or Lousianna. Some people say that he got this car in '64. Anybody have any info on it? Later on it lost it's roof as one of those ugly 'roadsters' that (thank goodness) didn't catch on.
Photos of the altered wheelbase "Snake Austin" car can be bought from my friend Bob Plumer. Follow the "Friends and Contact People" link on the main page.
This car was raced by Far Rockaway Ford as a regular wheelbase car before having it's wheelbase changed.
After being sold to Jerry Caminito, the car was repainted and run as "Holeshot". During it's ownership by Caminito, it was wrecked in a towing accident.
The "WHUPPET" Fairlane driven by Pat Gray. Note the chopped aluminum bumper and modified fenders.
John Donilson driving "The Dixie Stripper" Fairlane. Donilson would later die in this car during a race.
Race Car Art..(photo 1)
Bob Plumer Collection (Drag Racing Memories)...(photos 2-4)
The History of Individual Cars