Drag Racing: The Stone Woods & Cook Gallery
#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
#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
#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.
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