Most of the top racers had switched to the 426 Hemi and big slicks, but there was still a lot of experimentation with gearing, transmissions, and burnout procedures. We all got together and moved him back to Oklahoma with his Mother and Dad, who have since passed away. As we pulled into the gate the next morning, Swingle was just driving out. So we told them it was a Reverser because they were just starting to be used in Top Fuel dragsters. I got the Ramchargers off the line and as the car pulled out to the halfway mark, they pulled right up on me and I was barely able to hold them off for the win.
At least Carl Olson found it amusing. The model comes in the original packaging, complete with a number certificate authenticity. Connie was also my Crew Chief during the Drag Racer Magazine Number One Spot held at HalfMoon Bayin 1966, which we won. We just had to make this race as I had won the 1968 Springnationals and the winner circle photo was on the cover of the National Dragster event issue that week. The chassis rail and internal systems are scrupulously replicated. Connie is survived by Heusen Theodore Teddy Swingle, named after his Father Theodore Ted Swingle.
We knew we were going to have to get back on the chassis jig and it would take at least two days to repair the car and get to Dallas. The cars were front-engine, and many drivers were injured or killed in explosions and crashes. Still, Swamp Rat 13 was a good car. Oh by the way, we won Indy that year. He was driving for Garlits at the time.
The crash of Swamp Rat 13 is, in many ways, the beginning of the end of the front-engine dragster. We had to have a whole new car for Dallas! , the rest is history and the drag racing world now has the Championship Rear Engine Dragster. When the weather got to Garlits in Detroit and he moved back to Florida, Seffner , Connie returned from California and rejoined the Chassis business. Round 2's Auto World brand comes with a new series, Legends of the Quarter Mile, including all of the aforementioned vehicles. Connie always referred to 14 as a Front Driver car, which it technically was.
His faithful nurse, Virginia, was at his side. This dragster was built on 1930 Chevy frame rails, had a tubular roll bar and a 392 Chrysler hemi. Go ahead and whistle like you would if one of the Jimmy Flintstone figurines came alive. I did get her a new face mask and goggles for protection during the event. The dragster body is adorned in a jet-black finish with pearl flames, extra fine pin stripping and appropriate sponsor decals. Hooker and are cousins to John Force, a 15-time Funny Car champ.
These transmissions ran filled up with oil, and it took a while to put the lube in. Questions in text posts are also allowed. Connie has been in trouble for years but also made no effort to change his lifestyle. We can all give Connie Swingle a great big Thank You for his participation in this endeavor that took drag racing to the next plateau. I handed Swingle his stuff back and he was in the show.
Would you restore a car that tried to cut you in half? I had a nice Hampton blower sitting nearby and the original Crower injectors. He became one of the best welders in the world. Swingle was instrumental in the success of the Garlits Chassis business from 1961 through 1964. We could tell you about it, but why not let Gar give you the details? I got away for that for three months! He also won the Drag News Invitational in 1962, held at Dragway 42 in Ohio. Rich spoke to hub detail, polished rims and scuffed tires. In the final round I raced the Dodge factory team, the Ramchargers, and that run was the beginning of the idea for a two-speed transmission in a dragster.
We sold five or six to customers and kept two for myself and they served me well for the remainder of 1969. We were able to repair the original heads, block and crank and intake manifold. It was late Friday night when Swamp Rat 13 was finished, loaded and ready to go, but not in time for Dallas. Items returned must have everything that was sent to you. It was the final round of a two-out-of-three match race with a local hero. Vital Stats Cars: Legends of the Quarter Mile: L. Don Ewald I talked to Connie often and about a month ago he told me he was history, eaten up big time with cancer, he knew he had no chance and chose to not treat it to much degree.
Everything in the racing world just seemed better in the 1970s, and in the drag-racing world Funny Cars were the rage. I hired Marvin Schwartz and he painted his car like mine and I loaned him my enclosed trailer so that he could fulfill my contracts till I recovered. A great candid shots of the legendary Connie Swingle sunglasses in 1963. If you prefer to leave them in the three-window box the cars come in for display, there's a window on the bottom to reveal the highly detailed undercarriage. Take out the set screw, remove the model from the box…be very careful of the linkage mechanisms. Auto World uses more than 150 parts here, and it's obvious that the majority of those parts go into the engines, suspensions, and diecast chassis.
I had already started my museum and was looking for all my old cars so I asked if he would sell it. Together Connie and Don Garlits built some outstanding Slingshot dragsters. The very late 1960s and early 1970s was a time of change for Top Fuel drag racing. I think Gar got so pissed off at Leonard for building us one that he had someone else build his after that. We drove day and night, and about half way through the trip we looked into the trailer and were horrified to see the entire car had collapsed and was on the floor in two pieces. As a consequence the model is in 'as new' condition.