lightning bug I,II,III

have you one day imagine that you will able to see the lightning bug I, II & III reunited at the same place ....NO... And indeed if it was the case this week end on the dragstrip of irwindale during the bug in 37

picture by jo clifford




sun was there today




today on gassertime , INCH PINCHER TOO  paint scheme

in 1971*1972 ;with EMPI in FDIs hands , a decision , was made to take IP II drag racing across the US. , as a promotional tour to push FDIs products

a large bluebird motor home with an enclosed trailer was supplied and this outfit was manned by DARRELL & SHARON VITTONE , while on tour , the crew tounge of the trailer broke off and the trailer began to roll , damaging the inch pincher inside since the show must go on , 

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phone calls home were made, parts were air freighted :fresh fenders etc... and they trashed on the race car managing to make the needed repairs. they then arrived on time , at the US nationals at indianapolis and went to a win

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in late 1972 : the car is turned over to FDI and DARRELL VITTONE starts the RACE SHOP , the car was sent to EAST  and raced fr a brief time with driver Jim Carlson for empi/fdi


as we can see the car was repainted as the old paint scheme after jim Carlson drove the IP II for FDI and it seems that jim like to made some scratch on hte rear fender of the car,on this picture we can see that IPII has damage on the pass rear fender

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that picture was taken at Madison Township Raceway Park , Englishton,NJ, during the summernationals 1972

those 2 pictures were taken the same day(racenuùmber on the windows) but don't know where was the dragstrip , and i don't know if it before or after the summernationlas , but hte damage on the rear fender still there and look smaller than the one on the picture above with NED BUG II &  LG II ,Jim Carlson was the driver  ip II (90).jpg

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this picture was taken during the Last Drag Race at LIONS , it seems that the rear fenders was repaintes again orchanged no damage this time , and the driver was still Jim Carlson

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another picture from the sameday/event , but this time it seems that the left rear fender have some damages

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after the LIONS last drag race , i don't know what happening to the IP II , but it seems that some ne paint was applied to the fenders or may be the car(not sure??)
the paint scheme looks different from the older one


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that picture was taken during the winternationals 1973 , driver was still Jil carlson

here's the cover of teh may 73 street rod magazine with jim posing with the door open...why ? ,because IPII had new fenders at the rear and not painted ??

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here's  2 pictures who prove that inch pincher had received 2 new rear fenders

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those one were taken during the US nationals at indianapolis , in sept 73 and after that it seems that it was the end of the inch pincher too , no pictures related in any magazine after that... who know where IP II went after that event ??

here the difference i noticed on teh paint scheme


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treuhaft 1302

after treuhaft sold the car , it was dick roy  who owneed it , and dick made several paint scheme on that car here're a few one 


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today on gasser time , the wellknow treuhaft 1302 , may be the first 1302 who was chopped ,  on those pictures the car was for sale

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if i remember well , dyno don still own the car in that pink version



bug in 15, oct 75

lee leighton doing a hard launch during bug in 15

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bug in 11 , oct 1973

dean lowry drove the mouse trap that day  , he wen to the final against darrell vittone  and lost this one , here's a picture of the mouse trap in the pit/statging lane ,with the mouse house bus  

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today on gassertime the raceshop fiat n acation at bug in 10 

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those pictures were tokk at bug in 11 

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the one with the mouse trap(driven by dean lowry) was the H/Gas final and darrell won with an 10.75 @ 122.90mph and dean made an  11.43 @116.27 mph



old but still fast

today is  the birthday of RON FLEMING

here's something from the past to wish you a nice birthday 

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she's back

the famous lightning bug II is back to home  


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