Flashy, arrogant, and over-the-top funny cars dominated drag racing popularity from the late 1960s to 1970s. Experiencing drag races were a right-of-passage to adulthood for young fans back in the day. Mainstay floppers like the L.A. Hooker and the Hawaiian will forever fuel our veins with the nitro-powered memories of our favorite drivers battling for glory every race day in head-to-head combat. The funny car heroes of yesteryear are immortalized in Auto World’s Legends of the Quarter Mile.
• A popular East Coast racer, Bruce Larson started campaigning flip-top Chevy-powered Camaro funny cars in the late sixties with his signature red, white, and blue USA-1 paint scheme
• Larson set the NHRA® on fire in 1968 with a record setting 7.41-second elapsed time and went on to win the 1969 Super Stock Nationals
• For 1972, Larson’s all-new Fiberglas Ltd. Camaro rested on a Logghe 118- inch chassis and continued the line of famous USA-1™ “Stars and Bars” themed Camaros® • Big changes in power came in 1972, switching over from the blown Rat motor to a giant nitro fueled 480-cubic-inch HEMI, built entirely and maintained by Larson and his crew, combining the internal workings of Ramchargers and Keith Black technology
• Known for wowing the crowds with flaming burnouts, the 1972 USA-1™ Camaro® burned to the ground in a devastating fire that propelled Larson to switch to the Pro Stock ranks temporarily until returning to funny cars in 1975
• Bruce Larson went on to become the 1989 NHRA® Funny Car Champion and today has been inducted into numerous halls of fame