Drag Racing: The AA/FA Gallery

These collectible drag racing images picture infamous AA/FA machines

Each 8" by 10" RC Silver Print, hand crafted and signed by the artist, is very reasonably priced at $29.95 plus $5.00 I/S/H. Ordering more than one print equals discounts.

These low resolution Net images don't do the prints justice. Scroll down for historical details and click on the images for enlargements.

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The nitromethane burning blown Altereds of the 60's and early 70's produced several thousand horse power and were the most outrageously overpowered and evil handling Drag Racing vehicles ever conceived, eventually being banned from sanctioned competition because of their marked tendency to crash. They hardly ever went straight and had to be peddled constantly, frequently leaving snaking stripes of rubber all the way down the track.

This image was captured at the 1970 NHRA Indy Nationals. This huge Drag Racing spectacle (NHRA Nationals at Indy) has always been the biggest Drad Race of the year. In this image we see Willie as he man handles the snaking altered toward the Indy finish line. The unpredictable car is several hundred feet of the line and still carrying the left front wheel as he approaches half track. The slicks are starting to grow, indicating a lot of wheel spin or a lot of speed, or both. In this case it was both. The AA/FA team of Marcellus and Borsch were the first AA/FA in the 8's, the first in the 7's, and the first over 200 mph.



#101. 1970 AA/FA: Wild Willy Borsch - "Winged Express" Loose Burnout

This photograph (exceptionally sharp) was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on August 29, 1970. On this evening, four of these touring monsters match raced at Thompson.... (Winged Express) (Pure Heaven 3) (Magnificent 7) and (Rat Trap). In this print, we see the Marcellus and Borsch roadster already starting to get out of shape as Willy heats up the slicks. At that time this team was running in the low sevens at close to 200 mph.... wicked quick!

Gilchrist created the unique lighting of this night shot by moving a powerful strobe light to the left of the camera and triggering it with a long sink cord.... interesting technique.



#146. 1970 AA/FA: Wild Willie Borsch - "Winged Express" Burnout

Another image from Thompson: In this print, the infamous driver (Wild Willy Borsch) is seen heating up the slicks on another loose burnout. The infamous AA/FA team of Marcellus and Borsch were the first in the 8's, the first in the 7's, and the first over 200 mph. Awesome!



#103: 1970: AA/FA, "Magnificent 7" - Loose Burnout

In this print, the gorgeous model T roadster (Magnificent 7) is seen heating up the slicks. Notice how high the engine sets in the chassis. This was done in an attempt to transfer more weight to the rear wheels during the ferocious acceleration. In the full size print, the drivers eyes can be clearly seen....total concentration.

Gilchrist created this great image with a telephoto lens and a powerful strobe light positioned to the left of the camera which was triggered it with a long sink cord....Wow!


Note: This negative remained in the artist's files and unprinted for over thirty five years. Here it is at last.

Here we see a race between "Magnificent 7" and "Rat Trap, a hard and smokeless launch by both cars, headers streaming fire. At this point in the race, the very short, nitro powered roadster (Magnificent 7) has almost a car length on Don Green's famous AA/FA (Rat Trap) but that could change in an instant. Many AA/FA races would see both cars leading several times. These things were truly a handful, requiring very skillful use of the right foot.


In this image, we can see just how really short these AA/ Fuel Altereds were. Most of these cars were powered by the blown Chrysler Hemi but "Pure Heaven 3," used a very potent big block Chevrolet.

Gilchrist created the unique lighting of this night shot by moving a powerful strobe light to the right of the camera and triggering it with a long sink cord, using a relatively slow shutter speed and panning the camera with the car.... interesting technique.



#147. 1970: AA/FA, "Pure Heaven 3" - Burnout - Side

Here's another one: A nice burnout.



#250. 1970: AA/FA, "Pure Heaven 3" - Burnout

Here's another great, boiling burnout.



#106, 1970: Wild & Smoky AA/FA race, Rat Trap vs Pure Heaven

This collectible drag racing image is an 8 inch by 10 inch RC silver print picturing the start of a wild and smoky Drag Race between the AA/FA cars, "Pure Heaven 3" and "Rat Trap." This photograph (exceptionally sharp) was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on August 29, 1970.

What an exciting race, both cars lost traction just off the line and each fought for control the entire race, spinning and smoking all the way. The crowd went crazy!

We ask the photographer about the strange lighting and he called it, "A happy accident." Apparently, another photographer on the other side of the track triggered his camera at the exact same instant and both flashes combined to create the unusual back lighted effect.... incredibly lucky for Gilchrist..



#104. AA/FA, Don Green's "Rat Trap" - Killer Burnout

In this image we see Don Green's beautiful Bantam roadster "Rat Trap," absolutely boiling the slicks and the throttle is barely open.



#141: 1971: AA/FA: The Gretchko Bros. - Finish Line

In this image we see the Gretchko Brothers AA/FA Bantam roadster at speed, the shoot about to pop. This image was captured in 1971 at Dragway 42 (date in question)



#140: 1970 AA/FA: Wild Willie Borsch At Speed And Loose - At Indy
#101: 1970 AA/FA: Wild Willie Borsch - "Winged Express" Loose Burnout
#146: 1970 AA/FA: Wild Willie Borsch - "Winged Express" Burnout
#103: 1970: AA /FA, "Magnificent 7" - Loose Burnout
#339: 1970 AA/FA: Race: "Magnificent 7" vs "Rat Trap"
#105: 1970: AA/FA, "Pure Heaven 3" - launching
#147: 1970: AA/FA, "Pure Heaven 3" - Burnout - Side
#250: 1970: AA/FA, "Pure Heaven 3" - Burnout
#106: 1970: Wild & Smoky AA/FA race, Rat Trap vs Pure Heaven
#104: 1970: AA/FA, Don Green's "Rat Trap" - Killer Burnout
#141: 1971: AA/FA: The Gretchko Bros. - Finish Line

Each 8 inch by 10 inch RC silver print, hand crafted by the artist, is very reasonably priced at $29.95 plus $5.00 I/S/H. Ordering more than one print equals discounts (see About Silver Prints).

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