Fifty Years Ago - Part 4
Thu, 18 Apr 2019, 11:33 AM ~ By Steve Reyes
It is a funny thing, when I wrote this segment, it was actually fifty years ago. However, by the time, it was ready for publishing, it was more like fifty plus years ago. This group of photos focuses on the 1968 time period when Don Garlits claimed top fuel eliminator at the 1968 U.S. Nationals at Indy after having won the race in 1967. Bennie ``The Wizard`` Osborn won the NHRA Championship in top fuel and race car header honcho Doug Thorley debuted his rear-engine AMC Javelin with an AMC 401 engine. The AMC engine was quickly replaced by a 392 Hemi. Then veteran top fuel driver Bob Hightower drove and flew that car in 1969.