In 1967 there was a gathering of Fuel Altered's from Southern and Northern California to battle on Fremont's quarter mile. One car that I took a liking to right away was the high riding 392 powered Hay, Hovan, and Okazaki AA/FA. I found out the W.H.O. AA/FA was a team car to Bill Demarest's Groundshaker AA/FD. Soon after in 1968, I saw it race at Fremont and Sacramento and the name of the car had been changed to the Groundshaker Jr.
This car had the second ever altered chassis built by the legendary Woody Gilmore with the engine by Bill Demarest, Mr. Groundshaker himself. The car hit the Southern California racing circuit in 1967 with Glen or Gary Read at the wheel. Read's other ride was the team's AA/FD. The crew consisted of Bill and Mike Demarest, Paul Whitehead and Dale Kraskey. Back in the day, ol' Junior ran over 200 m.p.h. At the NHRA Winternationals, "Junior" took home AA/FA class honors over a flurry of top notch Southern California Fuel Altered's.
Today's Groundshaker, Jr., is a spitting image of yesteryear's car. Glen wanted to find the original car and in fact chased the car all over California until the trail went cold in Northern California. Undaunted, Glen slowly and meticulously assembled the current rebirth of the Groundshaker Jr. from the ground up, making it a mirror image of the original car. If you wonder why the name Groundshaker, it is because those who were on the team had to be over 225 pounds and have a love of drag racing.
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I am not sure if Way was driving or Gary Read.
When Read drove he had to sit on a large pillow because Way was
much taller and heavier than the average sized Read.
Way held the track speed record at 207 m.p.h. for Fuel Altered's.
He also held the m.p.h. record at Irwindale.
I didn't really care for the strange negative/positive cover, but hey, it was a cover!
I did manage to get a "normal" proof of the cover.
I believe this was in 1967 or '68.
The team mainly raced in California due to everyone having real jobs to attend during the week.
at the 1969 NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, California.
Glen Way plowed through a stellar field of altered's for the win.
Big time smokey burnouts and wheels up launches were a Glen Way trademark.
Check out the butterflies, WFO!
Way's six foot plus frame fit nicely into Jr's cockpit.
was a mirror image of the original car. Way did one heck of a job.
A close look and it reveals disc brakes and a Way design run off tube.
The chrome rear housing was a nice touch.
Anyone want to change Junior?
had a very short time in the funny car class.
He was a team Wonder Wagon driver for about a minute and then
gained his senses and went back to Junior.
That's Glen in the back towering over his Vega panel ride.
Glen loves to talk drag racing.
Just don't mention funny cars or he might sic Junior on you.