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First side-by-side Funny Car fives

PostPosted:Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:28 pm
by Trakbytes
Afternoon folks. I am in the process of gearing up to resume updating the Trakbytes website and I was reminded of an unsolved mystery. Years ago I had a page on the site with a number of questions regarding some of the landmark moments in UK Drag Racing history. Most of them were answered (I think), but one that still remains is the details of the first side-by-side five second Funny Car race. A few people came up with suggestions, none of which I could find any information on to verify. I asked Bob Jarrett and he suspected it was at a Cannonball event, but couldn't offer any more than that.
So, does anyone out there have the answer?

Re: First side-by-side Funny Car fives

PostPosted:Sat Mar 13, 2021 3:43 pm
by NitroWars
Chris, you could try asking Nick Pettitt... Or Gary Page may know.
Jim

Re: First side-by-side Funny Car fives

PostPosted:Mon Apr 26, 2021 3:00 am
by Archie King
It's been a month, I wonder if you find an answer to this question? :shock:

Re: First side-by-side Funny Car fives

PostPosted:Mon May 17, 2021 8:09 am
by Jappy
Any updates?

Re: First side-by-side Funny Car fives

PostPosted:Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:19 pm
by ukdrn
Seems like this question has got everyone stumped. I've asked around but still no definitive answer.

Re: First side-by-side Funny Car fives

PostPosted:Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:26 am
by Trakbytes
I think we have the answer now, thanks to Simon Groves. The earliest record we can find of two Funny Cars running side-by-side fives was at the 1996 Cannonball. John Spuffard ran 5.57/250 alongside a 5.76/208 from Gary Page.
I really thought it would have been earlier than that, but having trawled through all the material available to me it seems that this was the one.

Re: First side-by-side Funny Car fives

PostPosted:Thu Oct 28, 2021 12:16 pm
by ukdrn
I really thought it would have been earlier than that as well Chris.
Spuff running in the mid 5s before somebody ran a 5 with him seems strange but if that's the only record we can find.