Anything Nostalgia Related.

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 #1845  by Millevanille
 Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:51 pm
Is it just me, or do you think that to have seen Sammy Miller was an amazing thing. I dont know if there will ever be any one to emullate him.
How did he do it?
Every run totally mind numbing.
The original "Vanishing Point" was unbelieable.
I can remember standing on top of the van at the finish line, and watching him come towards me.
350 mph, 3 seconds!!!
The noise.
The deacceleration as he fought to get it stopped.
What a hero.
If anyone should be in the Hall of Fame.....
Mr Sam Miller.

 #1847  by MotorPsycho
 Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:19 pm
you're a lucky guy

I only ever saw Sammy run the rocket car once, at the Speedfreaks Balls and that was a privilege to see, also saw him run the jet car a few times.

what a man, what a legend, one of my true racing heros

and I definitely agree Sammy should be in the hall of fame

RIP Slammin' Sammy Miller

 #1864  by Stormin Norm
 Fri Feb 23, 2007 12:56 pm
Does anybody remember Sammy Millers first run at the Pod?
It was on a saturday afternoon -I think it was 78- Iwas helping the
Wilkins bros with Blood sweat and tears altered at the top of the
fire up road ready to push start when they wheeled Sammy on to the
startline. I climbed on to the roof of my bus and had the most
fantastic view of what happened.when he roared by he nearly blew me
off the top of the bus!! but the thing I will never forget was stunned
silence for a few seconds before thousands of hell!!!and then
mass applause. Nobody could believe what they had just seen !!!

What has happened since that day and whatever might happen in the
future there will never EVER be a moment like that in british
Drag Racing!


 #1869  by Millevanille
 Fri Feb 23, 2007 5:25 pm
I said van Norm, but it was actually your bus I was standing on! I think I have a great picture of the bus coming down the fire up road. I will dig it out and post it.
I wa running Coyote, at that meeting
As for Sammy, superlatives are not enough, at least we have one over the US, they wouldn't let him run.

 #1871  by sjb
 Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:31 pm
Heres some pics/pages of national motorsports annual
Says here The BBC were filming for Noel Edmonds Swop Shop,anyone remember seeing it?
What happened to Al Birdam?

 #1872  by sjb
 Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:35 pm
Im surprised there hasant been any model cars done of Sammys cars or has there

 #1875  by muddytalker
 Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:21 pm
Here’s a couple of my lasting memories of Sammy Miller taken form the 1981 Daily Mirror International World Finals meet when he was match racing the ’Oxygen’ dragster against Al Eirdam in ‘Vanishing Point’. These photos have come from my own private collection of slides placed on this thread for posterity.

 #1879  by muddytalker
 Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:58 pm
Can't say that I reember this it but I've just read in the 1981 report from the Daily Mirrow World Finals that Sammy drove Bootsie's 'Gladiator' fuel coupe; the first time the Rocketeer had sat behind the wheel of a normal piston powered race car in six years and ran a very creditable 7.72/178 despite getting the car a little sideways in the process.

 #1881  by muddytalker
 Fri Feb 23, 2007 11:03 pm
Funnily enough sjb, I watched a copy of the old video recording taken from the 'BBC Swap Shop' feature and they didn’t do a bad job interviewing Sammy and Bootsie. In fact presenter Keith Chegwin got to drive the ‘Hellbender’ Jet dragster in 19 seconds I recall at 35 mph! By the way, the feature was split up into two segments lasting twenty minutes.

 #1883  by herb andrews
 Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:54 am
Ref SJB's question about 'What happened to Al Birdam?'

Its a typo and should read Al Eierdam. His Son has a website.

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