BOB GLIDDEN'S RACE CARS

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BOB GLIDDEN'S RACE CARS
« on: August 05, 2015, 11:15:51 AM »
COVER OF SUPER STOCK & DRAG ILLUSTRATED MARCH 1974.
Glidden’s Pro Stock Championships.
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2015, 11:19:54 AM »
Glidden sold his two Super Stock Mustangs in 1972 and purchased a Pinto Pro Stocker from Wayne Gapp and Jack Roush and made an immediate impact. Glidden, who left his job at Ed Martin Ford to concentrate on racing full time, runner-upped to Bill Jenkins at the season-ending Supernationals in his Pro Stock debut. The following year, Glidden broke through for his first NHRA national event victory, at the U.S. Nationals, where he paced the quickest-ever Pro Stock field with a 9.03 at a national record 152.54 mph and defeated fellow Ford racer Gapp in the final. It was a harbinger of things to come.
This became the Stars & Stripes Pinto.

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2015, 11:23:05 AM »
From the Hall of Fame.
Bob Glidden is the winningest driver in National Hot Rod Association history, and while that alone might qualify him for Hall of Fame induction, it’s this dedicated racer’s entire persona that’s separated him from his peers.

When Glidden burst upon the scene with his first Pro Stock Ford Pinto no one could have predicted that by the conclusion of the 1993 season he would have won 84 NHRA national events as well as an unprecedented 10 NHRA Winston Pro Stock Championships. And let’s not forget that Glidden has also won a handful of International Hot Rod Association races and an IHRA World Championship. Truly, this is a record unlikely to be matched.

What makes Glidden’s on track accomplishments so impressive is the fact that he has won in almost everything he has raced. This includes numerous Super Stock precursors to his Pro Stock career, although his reputation will forever be synonymous with Ford. In fact, when Glidden introduced his Plymouth Arrow Pro Stock in 1979 his competitors were practically salivating at the prospect of finally being able to get the better of him. All he did was open the season by winning the Winternationals. He went on to win another half dozen races on his way to the second of three consecutive Winston Championships. From 1985 through 1989 he would win five straight titles.

Glidden’s successes in a category of competition that virtually every observer considers the toughest and most hard-fought, his Fords have faced off against a veritable army of Chevrolets, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles, winning far more often than not. And, while every other competitor has had a peer group from whom guidance regarding engine building and development has been available, Glidden has had to go it alone. Far more than just a superior race driver, Glidden has become a race engine development engineer, and while there are no official degrees offered in the field, he’s certainly the Ph.D. of Ford drag racing powerplants. His thesis could be titled “Mastering the 500 Cubic Inch Gasoline-Burning, Carbureted Ford Drag Racing Engine.”

Drag racing is considered a family sport, and the Glidden clan epitomizes that ideal. With his wife having served as his long time crew chief, Bob and Etta Glidden raised their sons Rusty and Bill on the sound of 9,000 rpm Ford engines and the smell of high octane gasoline. Each member of the clan has played an important role in the patriarch’s successes, as evidenced by their numerous appearances on the Car Craft Magazine All-Star Drag Racing Team. Etta and her sons have been named to the Team a half dozen times, while Bob has appeared an impressive 11 times in three different categories, including twice as Person of the Year and once as the Ollie Award winner, emblematic of a racer’s career-long contributions to the sport.

With his millions of fans Glidden will always be the kind of outstanding competitor worth emulating and his inclusion in the Motorsports Hall of Fame is deserved in every way.

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Re: BOB GLIDDEN'S RACE CARS
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2015, 11:29:58 AM »
Bob Glidden did not have any special training or a degree in mechanical engineering. He even conceded that many of his competitors knew far more about the internal-combustion engine than he did, but none of them had his will to win.
With his wife, Etta, and, later in his career, sons Billy and Rusty by his side, the Pro Stock icon won an unprecedented 10 Winston championships in 16 years, including five consecutive titles from 1985 to 1989, and amassed 85 national event victories before retiring at the end of the 1997 season. In the summer of 1978, he embarked on one of the sport’s legendary winning streaks that included nine straight national event victories. He also qualified No. 1 at a record 23 consecutive races, including all 14 events in 1987.
When asked to what he attributed his success, Glidden once said, “Common sense and the will to survive. I know that I have to hustle to win and that I have to go all out to afford to race.”
A Ford campaigner from the beginning, Glidden’s success in Pro Stock stemmed from his apprenticeship in Stock and Super Stock. He campaigned a series of 427 Fairlanes before switching to the more potent 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs in 1968. With valuable sponsorship from Ed Martin Ford, where he worked as a line mechanic, Glidden became one of Division 3’s most prolific winners before turning Pro in late 1972.
Glidden sold his two Super Stock Mustangs in 1972 and purchased a Pinto Pro Stocker from Wayne Gapp and Jack Roush and made an immediate impact. Glidden, who left his job at Ed Martin Ford to concentrate on racing full time, runner-upped to Bill Jenkins at the season-ending Supernationals in his Pro Stock debut. The following year, Glidden broke through for his first NHRA national event victory, at the U.S. Nationals, where he paced the quickest-ever Pro Stock field with a 9.03 at a national record 152.54 mph and defeated fellow Ford racer Gapp in the final. It was a harbinger of things to come.
In 1974, in just his second full season in Pro Stock, Glidden won three major events, including the Springnationals and U.S. Nationals, and set both ends of the national record en route to his first Winston championship. Glidden’s Pinto carried him to a come-from-behind victory over rivals Wally Booth and Gapp.
Glidden’s late-season surge that year included a victory at his final Division 3 race in Bowling Green, Ky., where he set both ends of the national record (8.83, 154.90) to earn an extra 400 points (in those days, Pro racers earned points toward the Winston championship at a combination of national and divisional races). He ran even quicker at the season-ending Supernationals, where he reset his e.t. record (8.81) in qualifying and beat Gapp in the final.
A Ford devotee from the beginning, Glidden’s first serious race car was his Ed Martin Ford-sponsored ‘65 427 Galaxie that he ran in B/Stock.
Glidden won seven times in 1975, including at the Winternationals, Gatornationals, Fallnationals, and World Finals, to capture his second consecutive Winston title. He also qualified No. 1 five times, posted top speed eight times, and set low e.t. six times, and he did it with three different cars, including his old ‘74 Pinto, which he reacquired after a midseason slump.

After a disappointing 1976 season, in which he finished a distant sixth behind Larry Lombardo, Glidden rebounded to finish second behind Don Nicholson in 1977 before reclaiming his number-one ranking in 1978. Glidden, who amassed a record 16,035 points and lowered the national record to 8.59, fielded two winning cars that year: The first was his tried-and-true Ford Pinto that carried him to victories at the season-opening Winternationals and Cajun Nationals, and the second was his famed Ford Fairmont, with which he won the Summernationals and finished the season undefeated in national event competition. When all was said and done, Glidden had tied Don Prudhomme for most national event wins in a season with seven, including five straight, and had broken the Pro Stock single-season record of six set by Jenkins in 1972.

In recalling his Summernationals triumph, which he attained by defeating the Lombardo-driven Jenkins Monza in the final (8.55 to 8.71), Glidden said, “That was by far the biggest spread that I ever had over the guys in any race that I’ve ever ran. We didn’t clinch the points title mathematically until just before [Indianapolis], but mentally, we felt that we had won the title right there in Englishtown.”

Glidden retired his undefeated Fairmont in favor of a Plymouth Arrow in 1979 and lost only three times all year. After finishing the 1978 season with seven straight victories, Glidden opened the 1979 season with a victory at the Winternationals and didn’t lose a round until June, when a foul start in the second round of the Mile-High Nationals snapped his streak at 14 races and 50 rounds. That season, Glidden won seven national events, went undefeated in divisional competition, and earned the maximum number of points available at four national events by qualifying No. 1, setting low e.t. and top speed, and winning the race. He did the same thing at all four of his divisional races.

Unlike his 1979 championship season, Glidden won his third straight and fifth title in 1980 in dramatic fashion. Facing his first real challenge in the performance department in quite some time, in the form of the Lee Shepherd-driven Reher-Morrison Chevy Camaro, Glidden led the points chase only once all year: on the last day of the season. Glidden entered the season finale in Ontario, Calif., trailing Shepherd by two rounds and caught a huge break when Shepherd’s transmission broke in the second round. Glidden went on to win the race, setting low e.t. and top speed in his final-round victory over Frank Iaconio.

After coming close in 1980, Shepherd succeeded in stripping Glidden of his title in 1981. Ironically, it was Glidden’s incredible success that sparked the Reher-Morrison team.

“We finally got tired of losing and of Glidden winning so easily,” said Buddy Morrison. “We decided that we either had to make the same kind of commitment to racing that he did or get out. We didn’t want to get out.”
That commitment resulted in four consecutive Winston championships for the Reher-Morrison team (1981-1984), but the satisfaction of claiming their fourth title was tempered somewhat by the fact that they no longer had the quickest car in the country. Glidden’s Ford Thunderbird, which he received in mid-1984, was the dominant car in the last half of the 1984 season and for all of 1985. In 1985, Glidden led the points chase from start to finish, winning five national events.
In 1986, in one of drag racing’s great comeback stories, Glidden overcame a slow start and a horrific crash at the Southern Nationals in April to win his seventh Winston title. After early-round losses at the Winternationals and Gatornationals, Glidden was dealt a devastating blow at the Southern Nationals when a gust of wind caught his parachute and sent his Thunderbird into a tailspin following a semifinal victory over Butch Leal. After hitting the opposite guardrail, the car barrel-rolled six times and was destroyed. Miraculously, Glidden was not hurt, and he returned to competition a month later at the Cajun Nationals with a new Thunderbird, but his first win would not come until the Mile-High Nationals in July. That victory was the first of three straight for Glidden, who won six of the final seven races that season.

Glidden’s remarkable career reached new heights in 1987, when he won eight races, including his milestone 60th victory. He won the last five in succession and reached the final 10 times. He also qualified No. 1 at all 14 races, extending his streak to 22 over two years (his streak was snapped at 23 at the 1988 Gatornationals), and won a record 42 rounds of competition.

Glidden’s 1988 Winston championship, his ninth, followed a similar script. After struggling early, he won five of the last seven races and runner-upped at another to capture his fourth straight title. Glidden retired his venerable Thunderbird, which he drove to 19 national event victories, in favor of a sleeker Ford Probe and set the national e.t. record at 7.277, the quickest Pro Stock run in NHRA history, at the Supernationals, which he won to clinch the championship in the car’s debut. He put his Probe in the winner’s circle one more time, at the Fallnationals, for his 67th career victory.

The 1989 season was Glidden’s most dominant campaign, in which he won nine times en route to his 10th and final Winston title. Unlike his three previous seasons, Glidden came out of the blocks flying, winning five of the first seven races and seven of the first 11, and he never looked back. His victory at the season-ending Winston Finals gave him 76 career wins, 49 in the 1980s alone.
“You know what’s incredible and sad?” said Glidden. “Without question, [1989] was by far our best year, but I don’t think we really even noticed that or had an opportunity to enjoy it.”
Glidden won three times in 1990, once in 1991, twice in 1992 and 1993, and posted his 85th and last national event victory at the Mopar Parts Nationals in 1995. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1994.
Glidden, who had carried the Ford banner practically by himself throughout his career, retired in February 1997 to concentrate on engine development for some of Ford’s NASCAR Winston Cup teams. That, and a sponsorship package that he felt was unsatisfactory, convinced him to pull the plug on his drag racing operation just two races into the 1997 season. Glidden came out of retirement to drive Steve Schmidt’s Pontiac at the 1998 U.S. Nationals, a race he won nine times, but failed to qualify.
Today, Glidden enjoys a dramatically different lifestyle from his racing career. A heart attack victim in December 1994, Glidden plays a lot of golf and says he feels better than he has in years. —Steve Waldron

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Re: BOB GLIDDEN'S RACE CARS
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2015, 04:24:27 PM »
Way to liven thing up here! I noticed the first version of the Pinto has Halibrands, and Ansen's or Fenton's on the front.
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2015, 02:54:43 PM »
Bob Glidden defeated Wayne Gapp for his first win in 1973.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2015, 03:00:33 PM »
Chevy guy's worst fear Bob Glidden.
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2015, 12:19:47 AM »
Can you blow it out Grump .
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2015, 12:23:51 AM »
Glidden & Allen Pinto.
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2015, 12:33:06 AM »
Glidden & Allen Pinto.
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2016, 08:11:11 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2016, 08:12:49 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2016, 08:25:09 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2016, 05:32:35 PM »
Glidden & Allen's White Mustang II.
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« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2016, 06:00:35 PM »
Bob Glidden (born 1944) is an American drag racer. He was retired from Pro Stock racing in 1997 and returned in 2010. Glidden retired as the driver with the most wins in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history at that time (a feat recently topped by 15 time Funny Car champion John Force), and he is currently the third most successful drag racer of the professional class drivers ( sixth when counting sportsman national event winners). Glidden won 85 NHRA National Events. In the Professional classes, he currently is behind Warren Johnson (97) and John Force (141). Glidden's ten Pro Stock championships included five in a row beginning in 1985.Among his numerous accomplishments, Glidden won nine straight NHRA national races in 1979 and was the No. 1 qualifier 23 times in a row, including the entire 1987 season.At one point, he won 50 eliminations rounds in a row.

Glidden almost became the first driver in a doorslammer to reach 200 miles per hour when he ran 199.11 miles per hour at an International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) race in Darlington, South Carolina. However, a Top Sportsman car driven by Bill Kuhlmann ran 202 miles per hour later that evening. He has won several IHRA races and won one IHRA championship.


Glidden began his drag racing career in the 1960s in a Ford 427 Fairlane. He is most closely associated with Ford cars, a manufacturer that he used throughout his career. In 1968 he changed to a 428 Cobra Jet Mustang. He started out in Stock and moved up to Super Stock. He was sponsored by Ed Martin Ford, where he worked as a mechanic. He was a frequent winner in Division 3 before turning Pro in 1972.In those days, the series included participation in both national and divisional races.

1970s
He sold his two Super Stock Mustangs late in the season 1972, and purchased a Pinto Pro Stock from Jack Roush and Wayne Gapp.He quit his job at Ed Martin Ford to race full-time. In his first Pro race, he finished second to Bill Jenkins at the final Supernationals of the 1972 season. Glidden had his first national win the following season at the U.S. Nationals. His 9.03 second run at a national record 152.54 miles per hour (mph) was fastest qualifying time in the fastest Pro Stock field.He beat Gapp in the event finals. 1974 was his second full season in Pro Stock. He won three events including the Springnationals and U.S. Nationals. That season he set the record for the lowest elapsed time (e.t.) and the highest speed (8.83 seconds and 154.90 mph respectively) at a Division 3 event at Bowling Green, Kentucky. The feat earned him 400 bonus points towards the championship. He had an 8.81 second qualifying run at the U.S. Nationals to lower his e.t. record, and he beat Gapp in the event finals. These wins contributed to his come-from-behind win to beat rivals Gapp and Wally Booth for the season championship.

Glidden followed with a banner year in 1975. He had five top qualifier runs and eight top speeds during the season. He used three cars during the season. While in a midseason slump, he reacquired his 1974 Pinto. His seven events wins (including the Winternationals, World Finals, Gatornationals, and Fallnationals) helped propel him to his second straight Winston title. He set low e.t. six times. Glidden had an off year in 1976, finishing sixth in the points. He finished second in 1977 behind Don Nicholson.

Glidden returned for his third Winston title in 1978. He started the season in his Ford Pinto, winning at the season opening Winternationals and at the Cajun Nationals. The end of the season was in his Ford Fairmont, which took event wins at races including the Summernationals. The car finished the season undefeated in five national competitions. He had seven national victories that season, tying Don Prudhomme for the most that year. The seven wins broke the previous Pro Stock single season record of six wins set by Jenkins. He earned a record 16,035 points and lower the national e.t. record time to 8.59 seconds.

Glidden retired his undefeated Ford Fairmont in 1979 in favor of a Plymouth Arrow. He opened the season with a victory at the Winternationals, and did not lose a round until June. The streak ended after 14 races and 50 rounds when he fouled in the second round at the Mile-Hile Nationals. He won seven national events, earning the maximum points at four events by setting low e.t., qualifying number one, and setting the top speed at each event.He also earned maximum points in his four divisional events.

1980s
1987 Pro StockerGlidden chased Lee Shepherd for the 1980 Winston title all season, leading the points standing only after the final race.He won his fifth overall and third straight championship at the final event. He caught a break when Shepherd broke his transmission in the second round. Glidden set the low e.t. and top speed in his final round win to earn the maximum points and the season championship.Shepherd won the 1981 to 1984 Pro Stock championships.Glidden received a new Ford Thunderbird in the middle of the 1984 season, and it quickly became the dominant car on the Pro Stock circuit.Glidden led the 1985 points standings from start to finish, winning five national events.It was his sixth Pro Stock championship.

Glidden started the 1986 season out slowly. His Winternationals and Gatornationals ended in early round loses.After winning the semifinals of the Southern Nationals in April, his parachute was caught by a gust of wind. His Thunderbird spun, hitting the opposite guardrail. The car did six barrel rolls as it was destroyed.[4] Glidden was unhurt. He returned at the Cajun Nationals with a different car. His first victory of the season came in July at the Mile-High Nationals. It was the first of his three straight victories. He won six of the last seven events to win his seventh Winston title.

In 1987 Glidden won eight races including his 60th national win.He ended his season with five straight wins and his eighth Pro Stock championship.He reached the finals ten times that season, winning a record 42 rounds of competition.He qualified number one in all 14 events. His two season streak ended at the 1988 Gator Nationals with 22 straight top qualifiers.His 1988 season was similar to 1987. After struggling early in the season, he won five of the last seven races en route to his fourth straight title. He retired his Thunderbird after 19 national victories in favor of a Ford Probe at the Supernationals. The cars set a national e.t. record at 7.277 seconds, the quickest Pro Stock run in NHRA history. He used the Probe to win at the Fallnationals, which was his 67th career victory.

Glidden dominated to win his tenth and final championship in 1989.He started the season on a strong note, winning five of the first seven events and seven out of the first eleven. He won nine times that season, ending the 1980s with 49 wins.

1990s
Glidden won three events in 1990, one event in 1991, two events in 1992, and two events in 1993.He won his 85th and final national event at the Mopar Nationals in 1995, after missing most of the 1995 season due to open heart surgery during the off season.Glidden retired after two events in the 1997 season.[4] He was dissatisfied with his sponsorship arrangement.After retiring, he worked on Ford's motor program for its Winston Cup program.He has been the crew chief for numerous drivers since his retirement. He returned to the driver's seat for Steve Schmidt's team at the 1998 U.S. Nationals, but he failed to qualify for the event that he won nine times.

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Re: BOB GLIDDEN'S RACE CARS
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2016, 05:51:16 PM »
A few more of his Mustang II.
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