Project Description

Swamp Rat 9: was the Roadster Dart, built by Emery Cook and myself after the steel bodied Dart blew over at Detroit in 1966. We took the old Marvin Schwartz “Garlits Chassis Special”, shortened the chassis, raised the driver cage and “presto”, we had a tubing chassis Funny Car, the first one. The car was an instant winner, being the first F/C over 200 MPH at St Petersburg Florida. NHRA then outlawed the tubing chassis in Funny Car and we parked the car in the woods in back of the Seffner Shop. When we formed the Drag Racing Museum, the car was brought inside and freshened up. It is on display in the Museum today, totally original.