1960 Buck & Thompson Slingshot Dragster

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Sam Buck and Bob Thompson built this car in 1960. They bought the chassis as a kit, and the 1948 Ford engine was highly modified with special cylinder heads, crank, pistons, magneto, camshaft, and fuel injectors. In this style of dragster, popular from the mid-1950s through the early 1970s, the driver sat behind the rear wheels "like a rock in a slingshot."

Winner of Class D Dragster, World Series of Drag Racing, Cordova, Illinois, 1961; Winner of Class D Dragster, U.S. Fuel & Gas Championships, Bakersfield, California, 1962.

Built by Bob Thompson and Sam Buck in Lockport, Illinois using Chassis Research (Inglewood, California) frame purchased as a kit.


Ford V-8, L-head valves, 320 cubic inches

Wheels and tires

Wheelbase: 96 inches

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