Drag Racing: The Don Prudhomme Gallery
These collectible drag racing images are 8 inch by 10 inch RC silver prints picturing Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and some of his machines.
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.
These low resolution Net images don't do the prints justice. Scroll down for historical details and click on the images for enlargements.
#102: 1969 Top Fuel: Don Prudhomme's "Wynn's Winder" - Burnout
Here we see Don in his front engine Top Fuel Dragster "Whynn's Winder," executting a perfectly controlled burnout. This photograph was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on July 19,1969. The hand crafted print is titled and signed in black ink by the artist. This low resolution Net image doesn't do the print justice (very sharp). Click on the images or titles for enlargements.
Don "The Snake" Prudhomme is a living legend. For more than 35 years, he has been a constant threat in the Top Fuel wars, switching back and forth between Top Fuel Dragsters and Fuel Funny Cars but back in 1969, things were very different. This car was a state of the art, front engine Top Fueler. The "Wynn's Winder," was a no nonsense race car, stripped to the bone and very quick. Notice the beautiful brushed aluminum wind screen. This is before the days of rear engines and big wings.... all that horse power right in your face.
#129. 1970: Famous NHRA Top Fuel Indy Race, Snake vs. Nicoll
Here's one picturing one of the most thrilling and terrifying races in Drag Racing History. It shows Jim Nicoll's front engine Top Fueler at half track, slightly ahead of Don Prudhomme and just a second before Nicoll's horrific clutch explosion in the lights. This historically important image was captured at the NHRA Summer Nationals at Indianapolis, Indiana in September, 1970.
The web page devoted to the annual Indy Drag Race (www.USNationals.com) names this moment number 1 in its (top 40 unforgettable moments) and says, "#1. 1970: There's never been anything like it. A clutch explosion puts Jim Nicoll over the guardrail at 225 mph while his engine and the other half of his slingshot dragster slide hundreds of feet after a close 6.45 to 6.48 loss to Don Prudhomme in the most important race of the year, the Indy Top Fuel final."
#164: 1971 F/C: "The Snake" Prudhomme - Hot Wheels Burnout
Funny Car Fans: This image pictures Don "The Snake" Prudhomme's, Mattel Hot Wheels Fuel Funny Car boiling the slicks past the tree. This image was captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) on August 15, 1971.This low resolution Net image doesn't do the print justice. The car is extremely sharp and the background is very blurred. This special Sunday at the drags featured a whole slew of top quality Nitro powered Funny Cars, racing for a nice AHRA purse and of course, bragging rights.
This Don Prudhomme car marked a new marketing approach by the Mattel Company. The other half of this marketing strategy featured Tom "Mongoose" McEwen's flopper. These two "Mattel Hot Wheels" cars were instant hits as miniature toy cars and Mattel must have sold about a gajillion of the cool little things. The Snake's full sized version was a serious and nasty bad race car.
#214: 1971 F/C: "The Snake" Prudhomme - Hot Wheels At Speed
Here we see the same Mattel Hot Wheels Fuel Funny Car at half track, blurring the background. The powerful air stream is pushing the front end down and the rear tires are beginning to really grow. This beautifully panned image was captured at Dragway 42 (Ohio) on August 15, 1971. The car is extremely sharp and the background is very blurred.
#328: 1971 F/C: Don "The Snake" Prudomme -Killer Burnout
Here's a new image which has been lost is the Gilchrist negative files for over 30 years and was never printed. This killer burnout (overlooked untill now) was captured at the same 1971 Dragway 42 Race.
#260: 1973 RP: Don "The Snake" Prudhomme - Big Smile
Here's Don in the pits, high on nitro. This fun image was captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) in July, 1973. This low resolution Net image doesn't do the print justice (very sharp in beautiful afternoon light). This very collectible print has a full range of tones with excellent highlight and shadow detail.
#231: 1973 F/C: Don Snake Prudhomme - Hot Wheels Burnout
Funny Car fans: This image pictures Prudhomme at the beginning of a loose burnout. It was captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) in July, 1973. The hand crafted print is titled and signed by the artist in black ink. This low resolution Net image doesn't do the print justice (very sharp in beautiful late afternoon light). This very collectible print has a full range of tones with excellent highlight and shadow detail.
In July 1973, Dragway 42 hosted a AHRA summer event featuring a bunch of big names. This is the 1973 version of Don's long line of Plymouth floppers, still carrying the "Hot Wheels" logo. This was a state of the art car in 1973.
#307: 1973 F/C: Don "The Snake" Prudhomme at speed
Here's another great image from the same race as above (extremely sharp with a exceptional feeling of speed. Here we see The Snake a few feet past the finish line, throttle closed, the drag shoot about to pop, but still making big numbers. At that point in Drag Racing history, the fastest Fuel Funnies were running close to 220 M.P.H. Notice the rear tire growth and distortion. In this photograph you can clearly see the slick growing away from the outer rim of the wheel. The hood is also being crushed with down force.
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