Swamp Rat 26: was built by me in Seffner, Florida in the fall of 1980 and it won the AHRA Winternationals first time out. The car won numerous AHRA events and was known as just “The Black Car” among the competitors. Retired in 1983 and put on display in the Drag Racing Museum, resurrected in the summer of 1984 with the financial help of my old friend, Art Malone and taken to the 1984 US Nationals. We set Top Speed of the meet and won the event. Art said, “Let’s go to the NHRA Finals in Pomona”, we did and won again, making it possible to secure a major sponsorship with Mr. Gasket, Supershops and Kendall Oil. I built then Swamp Rat 29 and won two more NHRA Championships. The “Black Car” brought me out of retirement!