Neal Wynn's "LIL' BEAR"
MY FAVORITE DRAG RACING PHOTOS; FORTY YEARS AND RUNNING!
MY FAVORITE DRAG RACING PHOTOS; FORTY YEARS AND RUNNING!
After over forty years of attending drag racing events all over Texas, I've accumulated thousands of images which I've since converted to digital and
a lot of those images I've posted below. I've had the "sportsman" racers posted for a while now and just recently began adding some from the
"professional" categories. I've also received many e-mail's concerning my old photos and have posted some of those below also.
WELCOME TO MY "RACING" PAGE
Reher & Morrison CORVETTE
Reher & Morrison CORVETTE
Faerman & B. Jones H/Gas NOVA
Willis Ragsdale and "RAUNCHY"
Willis Ragsdale and "RAUNCHY"
NON-DRAG RACING IMAGES
NON-DRAG RACING IMAGES
I love all types of racing and below are some of my old "non-drag racing" images. The drag boats
were taken on the Brazos River in Waco, the Outlaw Sprint Cars were at Devil's Bowl in Mesquite
and the NASCAR images were taken at Texas World Speedway in College Station.
Back when I was 17 (45 years ago), I spent the summer
in California and after borrowing my aunt's car (a couple
of weekends), I visited both Lions Drag Strip and
Orange County Raceway. Being a native Texan and
loving drag racing, that was a summer I'll never forget.
Also got a few pictures while I was there.
Cross & Reher MAVERICK
Cross & Reher MAVERICK
Mickey Mills MAVERICK
Mickey Mills MAVERICK
Ted Radoumis' "ENERGIZER"
Ted Radoumis' "ENERGIZER"
Neal Wynn's "LIL' BEAR"
Looking through my old e-mails, I also found picture requests from Phil Nichols (+ Shay, Duster Pro Stocker), a former crew member of the
"Buccaneer" Funny Car out of Galveston and Cooper Hayden looking for images of his Mustang Funny Car "Hi Roller". I never did get a follow up
reply from them but below are the images that I posted.   
PAST AND PRESENT; WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
First and foremost, I enjoy sharing my old drag racing images. My greatest enjoyment though is when I receive e-mails from car owners (past and
present), former crew members, family members or drag racing fans like myself who want to share images and/or information pertaining to some of
the vehicles that I post. Below are some of those images that I received e-mails about. Also as you'll see, "Where Are They Now" can pertain to either
the owners, drivers or the vehicles themselves.
PAST AND PRESENT; WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Faerman & B. Jones H/Gas NOVA
Before going Pro Stock racing, Reher & Morrison were a terror in
NHRA's Modified Eliminator category. After posting their Corvette, I
received word (and images) that the Corvette is alive and well and still
racing. Looks like it found a good home.
Almost immediately after posting images of Willis Ragsdale, I began
getting e-mails from his grandchildren. Have to thank them for the
images that they sent me. Willis is currently enjoying a sharp looking
'36 Ford Coupe that he shows at local shows down here in Houston.
A racer will always be a racer. Houston area attorney Mickey Mills used
to race an NHRA legal Pro Stock Maverick as a "gasser" at Eastex
Dragway. He requested images of his Maverick and sent me photos of
his current ride, a sharp looking BMW road racer.
Before there was Reher & Morrison, there was Cross & Reher and their
1974 NHRA Winter Nationals winning Maverick. A repost of my photo
from Eastex Dragway was requested from a racer from Tennessee who
found the car in Arkansas and was planning a restoration. Good luck.
Similar Novas, same name. North Carolina racer Tim Jones is the son of
Faerman teammate Bobby Jones. He used to frequent Eastex Dragway
as a youngster with his dad and thanked me for the memories. Tim
thank you and thanks for the great looking pictures.  
I had seen the "Energizer" '41 Willys pickup racing at Eastex Dragway,
cruising down a Houston street and on the Internet at California
events. All of the above were verified by owner Ted Radoumis. He also
sent me some current images from those west coast venues.
Above, left to right, starts with a link to the NHRA Division IV Hall Of Fame. The Division IV (South Central, "the Good Guys"), which has always
included Texas, is the home division of most the sportsman racers on this page. You'll find great images and information on their website. Next is an
admission ticket to Houston International Speedway that I found in an old suitcase in my parent's attic. Not sure how old it is but with a $3.00
admission price, it has to be a while back. That's followed by a "Garlits for US Congress" bumper sticker that I picked up somewhere along the way.
Below, left is a scan of the first ever drag racing magazine that I ever bought; Drag Strip, circa October 1966. I bought it with allowance money at the
local grocery store. Next to that is an image that I took of Tommy Ivo and his "Wagon Master" four-wheel drive exhibition Buick wagon. It was
taken at Green Valley Race City and it was the vehicle's only appearance in Texas. The remaining images should be self-explanatory. Pictured are
two of the greatest racers of all time, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits and Ronnie Sox, driver of the famed Sox and Martin Racing Team.
For quite a while, I've been asking if anyone knew the whereabouts of
Neal Wynn and/or his "Lil' Bear" Nova. Well I'm happy to say that I
finally got a response to my inquiry and it came from none other than
Neal Wynn himself. He's still heavily into cars and I hope to find out
more about him and the "Lil Bear". Incidentally, if you've never visited
my "Racing" page, the image on the lower right was taken at my
parent's house in the Houston Heights over forty years ago. Neal had
come by to purchase some pictures from me.  
Johnny White's "HOUSTON HUSTLER" / Houston International Speedway