Project Description

Swamp Rat 30: Herb Parks and me built SR XXX in the Ocala shop in the fall of 1985, this was the last word in Top Fuel dragsters at the time, a very streamlined vehicle, even today, first time out at the 1986 Gatornationals I broke the 270 barrier with a blistering 272.56 MPH! While I was setting another record at Englishtown NJ, 5.34 Seconds, I flipped the car over backwards. Herb and I rebuilt the car and went on to win the 1986 NHRA World Championships. The Smithsonian Museum had contacted me while I was building the car and wanted it for their collection when I was through racing #30. In October of 1987 I donated Swamp Rat XXX to the Smithsonian and that is where it is today.