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Snake & Mongoose

The Snake & Mongoose movie will be hitting the silver screen nationwide September 6th and is likely the most anticipated drag racing movie to come out in a long time – see the trailer here.

The movie is about the two famous nemesis’ and how they become synonymous with drag racing, Funny Cars and each other.  Their popularity took drag racing from amateur level backyard-type sport to become a bona fide profession.  Don Prudhomme as the Snake and Tom McEwen as the Mongoose, were in actuality friends, with arguably the better racer, Prudhomme matched up with McEwen the better businessman.

The two arch enemies in the animal kingdom were a deadly pairing yet some know that the two Southern Californians were friends … but many didn’t.  And that’s what this film explores.

As a kid growing up in the ’60s with Hot Wheels, this story has a special meaning but on a wider scale, this pure piece of Americana should conjoin most folks whether you like motorsports or not.  The movie has rare footage and splices into the movie with a look and feel and that will make many wistfully long for the ’60s and ’70s, no matter the long hair and polyester.

As a longtime fan of drag racing with a father who was one of the pioneers of the sport, I grew up following the Funny Car era as it and myself grew up; so this movie and story hit a cord.  With an obvious nostalgic bend to the retro story, I think it will hit a cord with many people even if they aren’t a fan of drag racing.

The two men are still with us and helped oversee the making of the movie.  Hopefully this film will bring on more tales of a time when the world was changing … as was drag racing.

Daryle W. Hier

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Nightfire Nationals Are Here

The 42 annual Pepsi Nightfire Nationals at Firebird Raceway near Boise, Idaho, — the largest Nostalgia drag race in the Pacific Northwest and one of the biggest Nostalgia meets in the country – begins today (Thursday August 8).

Adam Sorokin in the Champion Speed Shop Top Fueler with wheels up at the March Meet
– Picture courtesy of Facebook

There will be plenty of nitro including Nostalgia Top Fuel and Funny Car.  This race is one of only three events on the Nostalgia drag racing calendar with both Top Fuel and Funny Car racing at the same meet.  There will also be Pro Mods from the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association with their sub six second passes.  Jet dragsters will also be on hand.

Last year’s Top Fuel winner Adam Sorokin will be back to defend his victory, once again driving the Champion Speed Shop Chevrolet with his top challenger likely Jim Murphy.  Both drivers are from California.

The Nightfire Nationals will have more than 500 cars on the premises with a purse approaching $200,000 including $80,000 just to a series of ‘Sportsman’ (bracket racers).  Sportsman is usually considered amateur level as far as funding is concerned but this race defies that description.

A huge crowd comes out every year for this special event at Firebird Raceway in Eagle, Idaho.  Skies will be mostly clear with high temperatures in the 90s – slight chance of a shower Thursday.  Great weather to go see a race.

Daryle W. Hier

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