muddytalker wrote:As far as I’m aware Glenn, Tony’s blown Funny Car features one of the last Chevy Beretta bodies to come from the Amato/TRW stable of cars in the late eighties. In fact I was told it was one of the TRW team’s show cars while Bruce Larson drove for the team. The body, and quite possibly the chassis, found its way over here in the hands of Mark Newby and Terry Revell racing in the Top Alcohol class as the 'Kopex Entertainer'. Much later fuel tuner Alan Jackson ran it before the Olds Achieva as an alky turned nitro flopper.
The car I think you are referring to was indeed an ex Amato / Bruce larson show car which Rune Fjeld bought over to Europe, running the car in Mobil 1 / KappAhl livery for a short time before getting the ex Hoover Trans Am. As reported Terry Revil and Mark Newby ran the car in TMFC in Kopex Livery for a while, with Gary Page driving on several occasions. In this guise the car ran 186 mph to the eighth which I remember Anglia News reporting as a european record at the time (I suspect SPR had just started releasing 1/8th speeds and wanted to show this fact off a bit).
The car then passed on to Tazmania Jackson, who ran down to 6.18 and due to the slightly odd divisional way the european pro comp championship worked that year became TA/FC2. He reshelled the car with a 'Hairy Glass' Olds Achiever and at this point the Baretta body and chassis were separated. AJ then went Nitro with the same car, running pretty well.
The achiever and chassis then became the 'Mainline Menace' AA/FC that Smax set on fire several times. The complete car was then part of the part-ex deal Smax did with Leif Helender. The original Larson / Amato / Fjeld / Kopex / Jackson / Smax chassis still sits at the heart of the Starkotter Saab that Leif ran at the finals last year, though I am sure with all the mandatory updates over the intervening 20 years there wont be all that much left.
Nice to see that the old Kopex / Mobil / Larson shell has resurfaced. When I read tho OP I was slightly puzzled because I was confusing Tony and Trace Froome. The car Trace has is, of course, a whole different 'Funny Car Family Tree'.
Now, where did I leave my keys...?