GLENDORA, Calif. – In 1966, a brand new class of competition emerged in NHRA when hot rodding enthusiasts of the era were trying to squeeze more performance out of their gassers, super stocks and muscle cars. With a larger motor, stretched frame and bigger rear tires, these powerful machines took the drag racing world by storm, except they didn’t look like a factory hot rod.
In fact, these cars looked just a bit “funny.”
But drag racing fans were hooked by the appeal of the category that was officially named Funny Car, and today the category remains one of the most popular to have ever powered down a drag strip.
During the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season, NHRA will celebrate 50 years of the Funny Car. The season-long promotion will feature the fan-favorite cars, explain the evolution of the category, remember the greatest rivalries and put the spotlight on the legends who drove the cars in some of the most memorable...