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Mooneyes/Turner Ford Slingshot

PostPosted:Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:37 pm
by timetravel
Here's some pics of the Mooneyes slingshot last raced in this country by Calvin Evans with the Wild Bunch in the mid '90s and originally put together by Les Turner in 1965.....It now resides in Holland and is owned by W. Wouterse who took these pics.....Image Image Image Image Image Image

PostPosted:Fri Nov 24, 2006 10:57 pm
by muddytalker
.....and here's a couple of Calvin taken at Avon Park Raceway in 1995 by freelance photographer Paul Duxbury. The first season for the Wild Bunch.



PostPosted:Sat Nov 25, 2006 1:54 pm
by muddytalker
Just found another Dick Parnham shot of Calvin at the 30th anniversary Santa Pod Main Event in 1996. Representing the Wild Bunch. Calvin was joined by Martin Holgate (Paranoia), Dave Grabham (Freddy's Revenge), Paul Dale (Black Topper Fiat), and the 'Backdraft' slingshot of Chris Hartnell.


PostPosted:Sat Nov 25, 2006 3:22 pm
by timetravel
Actually there were six Wild Bunch entries at the '96 Main Event as I was there too in my Bob Nixon built Black slingshot. I remember we waited for ages in the staging lanes with the big boys and when it was our turn to qualify it rained ending the days activities so we fired up and drove up the strip in the rain. The next day I got shutdown by Crazy Chris when I used my nitrous for the first time and got outta shape off the line..... Image Image

PostPosted:Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:41 pm
by muddytalker
Sorry for not giving you a mention Nick. When I pulled the ‘96 Main Event programme from the file your ‘Honest Charlies’ slingshot wasn’t listed.

Also in shot is Pelle Lindelow’s ex Kenny Bernstein Top Fueler, Alan Jackson’s Old’s Acheiva Top Alcohol Funny Car, Frank Bennett’s ‘Trans World’ Topolino, the Dodge Daytona of Lex Joon and Dave Wilson’s ‘Krypton’ dragster.

PostPosted:Sun Nov 26, 2006 8:34 pm
by MotorPsycho
could that be Peter Kruse's Daytona not Lex's?

don't remember Lex carrying Valvoline that early? could be wrong though

PostPosted:Sun Nov 26, 2006 9:01 pm
by TimeMachine
Fairly certain it is Lex's - I remember him being at most UK meets when we were running the first alky car.

Re: Mooneyes/Turner Ford Slingshot

PostPosted:Mon Feb 04, 2013 3:44 am
by David Kipling
Feb 3rd 2013: Thanks to enthusiasts who own or have owned parts of the Les Turner dragster, some of its story is now on my website, on the EARLY BRITISH DRAG RACING page. The chassis and engine parts certainly went walkabout, and I sense that its story is not finished by a long chalk ! :D

Re: Mooneyes/Turner Ford Slingshot

PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:05 pm
by MisteR Tee
Resurrecting this topic as the story is defintely not finished! It's now up for sale with Perry in Holland for 8000 Euros, a Frenchman I know (he wanted to buy Spirit before I got it) is very interested. :D

Re: Mooneyes/Turner Ford Slingshot

PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:55 pm
by timetravel
Lets hope it whoever buys it brings it back out onto the black top again.

As far as know there's only one other dragster still running that was racing at the Pod in '66.