Drag Racing: The Stone Woods & Cook Gallery

Here's a wide variety of SW&C race cars.

These low resolution images don't do the prints justice. 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.

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#299: 1967 F/C: SW&C "Dark Horse 2" - Burnout

Nostalgia Drag fans: This extremely rare image pictures the the unusual Stone, Woods and Cook match race Mustang "Dark Horse 2," in an ear splitting burnout (Cook driving). It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on a cold fall day, 1967.

The match race of the day featured the classic confrontation, Ford against Chevy. The strange Camaro roadster in the background, "Pandemonium 2," was a flip top fiberglass car; a very early Funny Car. These are the days when A/FX cars were making headlines and Funny Cars were exploding in popularity. The SW&C team were major players in the Gasser wars of the sixties and this fuel burning 1966 Mustang was built much like a Gasser but had an extended fiberglass nose and a longer than stock wheelbase.

1967 was pivotal moment in drag racing history as the era of the big money professional drag racer was about to begin. The famous SW&C team would continue to race Gassers for several more years but also raced Funny Cars in the 70's (see F/C images below).



#152: 1967 A/GS: K.S. "Tiger" Pittman vs. SW&C

This rare, historically interesting image pictures K.S.Pittman 's 33 Willys vs Stone Woods and Cook's 40 Willys. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on a Sunday in May, 1967.

This was the first match race ever covered by Gilchrist as a professional photographer. Here we see Pittman carrying the front wheels on his notorious 33 Wlllys, and the famous Stone Wood & Cook Willys charging straight off the line with a fender on the Tiger.



#148: 1969 AA/GS: Stone Woods & Bones - Launch

Here's an image picturing the Stone Woods & Bones 1968 Mustang Gasser, powered by a Blown Chrysler Hemi (Bones driving). It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on May 27, 1969. This car was the team's answer to Ohio George's famous baby blue Mustang.



#301: 1971 AA/GS: The Steve Korney - SW&C Corvette

This image was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on May 16, 1971. The traditional bodies of the 50's and 60's blown Gassers (Willys, Austins, Etc.) were no longer competitive and the racers were experimenting with newer, more aerodynamic shapes. Here we see the Steve Korney - Stone Woods and Cooke AA/GS Corvette.

Note: Bill Duke sent us this info: "Korney was involved as the owner and driver of the Gold Finger AA/GS Anglia. Based out of So-Cal, it was one of the last competitive, traditional style bodied gassers. Legal NHRA car too, which says a lot since many of the So-Cal weren't. In fact, Korney took runner up in AA/GS class to Ohio George at 69 Indy. In 1970, he replaced the Anglia shell and modified the chassis to accommodate this Corvette shell. In So-Cal, many gasser guys were promoting themselves as blown gas funnies to get promoters to book them. They figured the use of funnycar would aid in the promotional end of things. Korney took this Vette on tour in 1971. He joined Jr Thompson and a few others. The SWC was to help make the car more promotional since it would be graced with the famed SWC logo. The car ran 8.30-8.40's w/392 power."



#302: 1971 F/C: SW&C vs L.A. Hooker

In the early 1970's, Stone, Woods and Cooke (legendary team of the AA/GS wars) was also deep into Nitro Racing. This image pictures the L.A.Hooker Maverick vs the Stone, Woods and Cooke Pinto in a very even launch, headers flaming, Ford against Ford. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on August 7, 1971.

Funny Car match racing was really big back in the early 70's and at that time (1971) many Funny Car builders were beginning to take liberties with the bodies. Compare the two cars: The L. A. Hooker Maverick appears to be cast from a stock Maverick body but the S.W.C. Pinto is definitely stretched. The Maverick was powered by the traditional Chrysler Hemi but the Pinto was powered by a SHOC Ford Hemi.



#305: 1971 F/C: SW&C vs Bobby Wood - Double Burnout

Here's another great one captured at the same Thompson multi car match race on August 7, 1971. Another Ford verses Chevy race, Bobby Wood's Chevy 2 (stock looking body) against the SW&C Pinto (extended).



#303: 1972 AA/GS: Stone Woods & Cooke - Burnout

Here's one picturing the 1972, Stone, Woods and Cooke blown Hemi Opel Gasser heating the tires. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on May 7, 1972 at the annual spring Supercharged Gasser Meet. Yes, that's Ohio George'e red Mustang in the background.


A List of prints in the SW&C Plus Gallery

#152: 1967 A/GS: K.S. "Tiger" Pittman vs SW&C
#299: 1967 F/C: SW&C "Dark Horse 2" - Burnout
#148: 1969 AA/GS: Stone Woods & Bones - Launch
#301: 1971 AA/GS: The Steve Korney - SW&C Corvette
#302: 1971 F/C: SW&C vs L.A. Hooker
#305: 1971 F/C: SW&C vs Bobby Wood - Double Burnout
#303: 1972 AA/GS: Stone Woods & Cooke - Burnout


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