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 #35  by ukdrn
 Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:14 pm
While walking down the road past my mum's house in 1984/85 I came across a Jet Funnycar body just sitting in a front garden.
The body was identical to the black one Alan had on the car when it crashed but this one was lettered with Midnight Cowboy signage.
It also had Santa Pod Raceway down both sides of the bottom of the car and some other lettering that I can't remember.
I wanted to ask about the body but didn't incase it caused offence.
Maybe this was the first body built for the car but never used for some reason.
Was there any plans to build 2 JFC's at the time.
Anybody have more information on this?

 #37  by muddytalker
 Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:30 pm
I seem to recall that a second Mustang bodied Funny Car was being put together around the same time of ‘Bootsie’ Herridge’s death in November 1983. I have seen a photo of the finish car published in an old issue of ‘Custom Car’ when it was put on display at the Essen Show in Germany. The caption read that Bootsie’s son Allan Jr had finished building the ‘Midnight Cowboy’ Jet as a mark of respect for his dad. What happen to it after that is anyone’s guess. If I can find the magazine in question I’ll know more.

 #38  by ukdrn
 Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:43 pm
That would make sense muddytalker, Alan Jr has lived around this way quite a few times. My nephew told me that around that time he saw a jet car in the local scrap yard but I don't know if this is connected to Alan's car.

 #120  by tog
 Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:33 pm
I have a faint memory of seeing a picture of the car at a show before it ever ran, sporting a completely different body to the one used on track. As I recall the body was orange/yellow. I also recall that the car was built for someone else and that Bootsie was testing it.

 #130  by herb andrews
 Fri Nov 24, 2006 11:33 pm
Like you Tog I recall seeing pictures of it before it ran, I thought in Custom Car. Another trip into the loft is called for.
Herb

 #133  by muddytalker
 Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:44 am
I knew I’d seen a photo of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ Mustang Jet published in Custom Car. In fact I’ve found two pictures; March 1983 and October 1983. Somewhere I must have got my wires crossed because the jet made its European debut at the Essen Show long before that fateful day in November 1983. As you can see, the paint work is very much as everyone has described it, yet the body is hinged from the front and its also a right hooker. Most of the jets in America are left. Supporting acts was the Pod’s new Kenworth bodied Funny Car ‘Blue Thunder’ and one of the match race jet dragsters.

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Following Essen the car made its British debut in July at the third Brighton Dragster & Custom Show held at the Metropole Hotel. In the report, Bootsie was looking towards a mid August test debut before handing the car over to someone else to drive. But, unfortunately we all know to well the fate of the ‘Midnight Cowboy’ Mustang Jet Funny Car.

 #141  by ukdrn
 Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:43 pm
Thats the shell I see in the garden, I remember at the time on a dark cold rainy night it sent a shiver down my spine as I knew nothing about this body, I could never figure it out but now I know. Thanks for the picture muddytalker, it's very strange seeing it again but it does solve a 20 year mystery for me.

 #148  by tog
 Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:28 pm
Really wracking my memory I think the name of the guy for whom the car was built was Adrian Wright.

 #160  by ukdrn
 Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:50 pm
Did you read about this Tog or was it something you heard from somewhere?

 #197  by tog
 Mon Nov 27, 2006 10:18 pm
I don't do hearsay :D

I read about it at the time but let's not forget we are talking twenty three years ago. Where I read it would probably take hypnosis :wink:
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