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Introduction by Jeff Burk
Photos courtesy Dean Miller Collection

Drag racing historians all have their opinions about the origin of what is called a Funny Car. Dave Wallace makes a strong case for the Factory effort of the 1960’s that saw drivers such as the late Jimmy Nix driving Mopar sedans powered by nitro-burning supercharged Hemi’s barnstorming around the country, chasing another icon, Jack Chrisman, and his similarly equipped Ford.

But I say that a case could be made that the altered wheelbase Mopars shown in this collection of candid photos from the period were the first real Funny Cars. You make the call.