|Successful machinery dealer and racing enthusiast acting as financier(Tom
Greer), an engine builder best known for his boat financier(Tom Greer), an
engine builder best known for his boat racing power plants(Keith Black),
and a tall thin young car painter(Don Prudhomme) fresh from his first big
win at the 1962 Bakersfield March Meet. The combination immediately
clicked and dominated West Coast Top Fuel racing for the next two years.
During this time Prudhomme's physique and lightning quick reflexes earned
him the"Snake" nickname that has been part of his career ever since. Keith
Black gained countless land based customers and became the first
successful drag racing engine builder. Both legendary careers were
launched by the performance of this amazing car that won ninety percent
of its races.
This Gmp limited edition diecast model is an exact representation of the car
as it appeared June 17, 1962 when it debuted at the famous Pomona
Raceway. The Fuller chassis was cloaked in a gorgeous aluminum body
by Indy -car builder Wayne Edwing and tomato soup orange paint by
Prudhomme. Ewing had yet to complete the car's distinctive air scoop, so it
was fitted with the standard Hilborn polished four port model. Nevertheless,
the team won the first of dozens of Top Fuel Eliminator titles that day.
After just a few months, the scoop had been installed, and then the entire
car repainted in a bright yellow (much more to Black's liking), just as it
appears in the other popular version of this car also available. But, this is
the legend as it began.