The Weelstanders Gallery
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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Wild Bill Shrewsberry's L.A. Dart
This rare Image pictures Wild Bill Shrewsberry's wheelstander, the "L. A. Dart." The photograph was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) summer,1967.
#149: 1967 WS: Wild Bill Shrewsberry's "L. A. Dart"
At the time this image was made, the exhibition wheel standers were beginning to race side by side and 10 second E.T.s at 125 MPH were common. The match race of the afternoon featured Wild Bill Shrewsberry's "L.A.Dart" against Bob Riggle's "Hurst Hemi Under Glass." These cars marked a new technology for wheel standers. The engine was moved to the rear seat using a complicated transfer case linking the engine to the differential. More weight on the back made it easier to get the car up on the rear skids. This car also featured a belly pan which acted like a wing and helped keep the car in the air. Wild Bill can be clearly seen through the window, looking at the track through the empty engine compartment, totally focused on the job. His ten second passes on the rear wheels were thrilling!
Bill "Maverick" Golden's Little Red Wagon
This collectible drag racing image pictures Bill "Maverick" Golden's famous wheel stander, charging off the starting line, wheels coming up. Chassis details can be clearly seen. The photograph was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) summer, 1968.
#115: 1968 WS: Maverick's "Little Red Wagon"
Bill Golden is the innovative showman credited with the popularization of exhibition wheel standing drag cars. In the early days, Bill toured extensively, introducing Drag Racing fans to the first quarter mile passes entirely on the rear wheels. As a result of his success, numerous wheel standing cars were built but Bill "Maverick" Golden's, Little Red Wagon remained the top draw. At the time this image was made, the exhibition wheel standers were beginning to race side by side, and 10 second E.T.s at 125 MPH were common.
#257: 1968 WS: Maverick's "Little Red Wagon
Here's another one from the same 1968 Race.
#256: 1968 WS: Little Red Wagon vs Hemi Under Glass
This image pictures a match race between two giants of Drag Racing, Bob Riggle in the "Hurst Hemi Under Glass," and Bill "Maverick" Golden in the "Little Red Wagon." The photograph was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) summer,1968.
A this point in the race, Maverick appears to have about a fender on Bob. Many people who came to see the heavily advertised match races of the late 60's, had never seen 10 second passes on the rear wheels, let alone two wheelstanders racing side by side. It was mind blowing!
Bob Riggle's Hurst Hemi Under Glass
#138: 1968 Wheelstander: Bob Riggle's "Hurst Hemi Under Glass"
This very collectible drag racing image is an 8 inch by 10 inch RC silver print picturing Bob Riggle's famous wheel stander, "Hurst Hemi Under Glass." The photograph was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) summer,1968. Bob can be clearly seen through the window, up on the wheel and totally focused. His ten second passes on the rear wheels were thrilling!
More of Bill "Maverick" Golden's Little Red Wagon
#258: 1970 WS: Little Red Wagon - Burnout
This one was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on May 17, 1970. Most images of the "Little Red Wagon" show the famous truck on the rear wheels. Here we see the "Maverick" in a huge burnout, demonstrating awesome horse power with tons of billowing smoke. The engine was a supercharged Dodge Hemi. Unlike many of his competitors, Bill had the engine and transmission in a relatively conventional position; in line with the differential: Notice the position of the headers. Bill drove the Little Red Wagon up the pinion gear and kept the front wheels in the air with raw power.
#209: 1970: Famous Wheelstander, Bill "Maverick" Golden
What a great showman, the original wheelstander.
#135: 1971 WS: "Fugitive 2" Corvette vs "Little Red Wagon"
Here's an interesting one picturing the unusual Corvette wheel stander "Fugitive 2," against the famous "Little Red Wagon." It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway on April 18, 1971.
The featured match race of that Sunday pitted these two quick wheel standers. The unusual photograph shows both cars perfectly aligned and at the same exact angle. Bob Perry, the driver of the Fugitive 2, can be seen sitting where the Corvette engine would normally be, head in front of the windshield. He had an advantage off the starting line with a very trick shock absorbed wheelie bar set up, but Bill "Maverick" Golden's blown and Hemi powered "Little Red Wagon" had more on the top end and would slowly drive by. They made three 10 second, 125 MPH passes, and each was decided in the lights by inches. The crowd went nuts.... three times!
Here's another view of Fugitive 2 from the same day (April 18, 1971), just off the starting line, front wheels still coming to their full height. Unlike classic Wheelstander design likeThe Little Red Wagon, which required the driver to carefully control huge horsepower, Bob's car relied much more on levering weight and controlling the rapid weight transfer. This Wheelstander was extremely quick off the line, charging hard, the wheels gently lifting.
"Shower Power," the World's Fastest Bathtub
Wheelstander Fans: You probably haven't seen this one before. This rare image pictures the World's Fastest Wheelstanding Bathtub "Shower Power," created and driven by the inventive hot rodder Randy Davis. It was captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio) on June 5, 1971.
This was a highly unusual vehicle to say the least. The engine, a stout fuel injected small block Chevy, was turned around in the chassis and ran through a transfer case to the differential. The driver (Randy Davis) sat in the fiberglass tub (no water). This bathtub was quick, made full passes on the rear wheels at ease, and people loved it.
These collectible drag racing images picture Nick Iarussi's wild 1955 chevy, "Godzilla". Both images were captured at Thompson Drag Raceway (Thompson, Ohio). The first on May 5, 1969 and the second on June 5, 1971.
#117: 1969: "Godzilla" - Bumper Dragging Wheel Stand
This highly modified car has been a unique crowd pleaser for over 30 years, kind of a variation on the old A/FX class. The wheel base was shortened by moving the rear wheels forward (notice the wheel well pushed up close to the door). The engine (a very strong Big Block Chevy) sets way back in the chassis. In 1969, Godzilla was running in the low nines. It originally ran in the B/A class. Godzilla was built as a race car but (with a few adjustments and a little luck) Nick can keep the wheels up all the way through the traps.
#213: 1971: "Godzilla" - Bumper Dragging Wheel Stand
Here we see Nick flashing by the tree on another outrageous pass. Nick and "Godzilla," have had their share of white knuckle experiences but the car is still in one piece and is still being raced. In these 35 plus years, "Godzilla" has made many thousands of breathtaking passes, a tribute to Nick Iarussi's building and driving skills. It's a true nostalgic classic.
Bob Riggle's Hemi Under Glass
#343: 1973 Wheelstander: Bob Riggle's "Hemi Under Glass"
Here we see Bob Riggle's 1973 version of his famous wheelstander Hemi Under Glass. It was captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) on August 20, 1973. The artist recently dug this negative out of his archives, where it sat unprinted and unseen for over 30 years. This low resolution Net image doesn't do this print justice (very sharp with a great feeling of speed). We like the extreme sharpness at the left as it contrasts with the more abstracted shapes at the right, sparks flying . . . WOW . . . great feeling!
We asked the artist about this image and Charles said: "I remember this shot like it was yesterday. This car was a really quick and fast wheelstander. It would run in the 9's. Bob had trick pads on the wheelie bars . . . sparked like crazy! Bob sat far forward in this car with his feet in the empty engine compartment. When I saw the car in the staging lanes I moved down to half track. There was a low hanging light on the other side of the track and I hoped it would back-light the wheelstander as it came sliding by. I was using a long shutter speed with a powerful flash. It was a perfect run and as I panned with the car, everything just seemed to line up as if in slow motion. I waited and waited and click . . . got it."
These very collectible drag racing images picture the crowd pleasing "Mexican Jump-N-Bean," driven by Mexican Pete. These images were captured at Dragway 42 (West Salem, Ohio) on July 26, 1980.
#136: 1980 Wheelstander: Mexican Pete's "Mexican Jump-N-Bean"
This truck was built very much in the "Little Red Wagon" style (engine and transmission straight into the differential) except in this case it's pure Chevy, including the blown Rat motor. Here we see Mexican Pete well past the finish line, still on the rear wheels, sparks flying. He continued for another 1000 ft.
#137. 1980 Wheelstander: Mexican Pete's "Mexican Jump-N-Bean"
To the fans delight, Mexican Pete had just driven an half mile on the rear wheels at 125 MPH. Evidently he really liked driving fast on the rear wheels because he turned around and did it again in the opposite direction. Here we see Pete approaching the finish line from the opposite side at top speed, sparks flying. He eventually slowed a little and dropped the truck at the 100 ft. mark.... and the crowd went nuts!
Avalible Weelstander Prints:
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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