Don Prudhomme

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Don Prudhomme
« on: August 29, 2015, 12:28:21 PM »
a little Don Prudhomme pre-history*

Anyone who is into drag racing at all will know the name Don "the Snake" Prudhomme: winner of multiple NHRA Championships; and later, car owner for both Ron Capps and Larry Dixon.

What may not be as well known is how he got his start in drag racing.

The answer is Tommy Ivo.

Tommy Ivo was a former Walt Disney Musketeer, and child actor. Tommy also had an affinity for drag racing.

In the late 50's Tommy and Don were in the same hot rod club in Las Angeles. Tommy had a Buick Nailhead powered T-bucket, and the young Don was building a hot rod roadster with Buick power.

Don was the son of an automotive painter, and he wound up painting the first many dragsters for Tommy Ivo. Tommy's cars were always red.

Tommy enlisted Don's help (along with Kent Fuller) in building his twin-engined Buick dragster.

When Tommy embarked on the first-ever drag racing tour with the twin-Buick car, he brought along Don as "head tire wiper". Don was only 18 years old, and the year was 1960.

Their relationship went on for many years, and Don even drove Tommy's cars from time to time.

Of course; after a while, Don grew restless for a car of his own.

When Don entered into a partnership with the "Greer-Black Prudhomme" front engined dragster, this marked the end of touring with Tommy, although they would remain friends.

Attached are some photos of the time the two were working together.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 12:34:24 PM »
n 1962, Prudhomme was a partner in the Greer-Black-Prudhomme digger, which earned the best win record in NHRA history, before switching to Funny Car. He would win the NHRA FC championship four times in his thirty-five-year career. He earned the nickname "The Snake" in high school. He was the first Funny Car driver to exceed 250 mph (400 km/h).

He retired in 1994 to manage his own racing team. With driver Larry Dixon, Prudhomme's team won the Top Fuel[clarification needed] championship in 2002 and 2003. In 2009, Dixon signed to drive the Al-Anabi Top Fuel Dragster, and Spencer Massey took over Prudhomme's car. At the end of the 2009 racing season, sponsorship went away and Prudhomme retired from active racing.

Prudhomme was known for his yellow 1970 Plymouth Barracuda in which he raced rival driver Tom McEwen in his red 1970 Plymouth Duster, named Mongoose. Both drivers gained wider public attention from Mattel's "Hot Wheels" toy versions of the cars that were released in 1970. Hot Wheels celebrated their 35th anniversary in 2005 with a two-day event.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 01:13:45 PM »
He also drove for Roland Leong.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2015, 01:16:35 PM »
Don, whose dad owned Van Nuys Body Works painted Ivo's Showboat.
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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2015, 01:09:19 AM »
A few more for ya Davy.
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015, 04:46:02 PM »
Truly one of the greats in Drag racing history............
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2015, 09:47:38 PM »
thanks davy great story / i am just reading about the history of drag racing in  australia the big thing here was in the 1966 drag fest with bob keith/ tony nancy /and others bob keith passed recently / but often came back here his drag car was rebuilt and he got back to see and crackle  it / its lost its way here nothing like the old days good memories/davy tommy ivo was a mousketeer just think he would have got tosit next to annette

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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2015, 11:08:58 PM »
Don & Lou Baney.
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« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2015, 11:10:12 PM »
Half Moon Bay.
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2015, 11:11:45 PM »
One of my favorite dragster's.
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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2015, 11:15:21 PM »
A little history of this 1 here.http://hotrodcraft.com/index.php?topic=644.0
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« Reply #11 on: December 28, 2015, 08:36:21 PM »
Snake.
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« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2015, 08:41:40 PM »
Snake.
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2016, 06:52:58 PM »
A few more for your thread Davy.
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2016, 06:59:03 PM »
A few more for your thread Davy.
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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2016, 07:03:10 PM »
A few more for your thread Davy.
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2016, 07:09:42 PM »
A few more for your thread Davy.
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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2016, 08:19:03 PM »
Thanks Beppie,  every one of those pics tells so many stories..............what a great photo history of his career in racing...........
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2016, 07:05:23 PM »
Thanks Beppie,  every one of those pics tells so many stories..............what a great photo history of his career in racing...........
Any time.The Snake vs The Mongoose
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« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2016, 07:05:58 PM »
Prudhomme & Keith Black.
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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2016, 09:28:39 PM »
I'll add a few for ya Beppie. Excuse me DavyJ!!!  Joe
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« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2016, 10:40:34 PM »
I'll add a few for ya Beppie.  Joe
It's Davy's thread.Cool pic's Joe.
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« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2016, 07:35:33 AM »
I'll add a few for ya Beppie.  Joe
It's Davy's thread.Cool pic's Joe.

I just start them, you guys make them cool................ ;D ;D
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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2016, 09:20:58 AM »
I'll add a few for ya Beppie.  Joe
It's Davy's thread.Cool pic's Joe.

Sorry excuse me DavyJ sometimes my simple mind gets behind me!  Joe
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« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2016, 09:21:49 AM »
Check that, if it weren't started I wouldn't even think of some of these topics. Thanks to DavyJ,  Beppie, Bowtie, and everyone else that has these sweet threads posted up!  Joe
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« Reply #25 on: January 24, 2016, 12:22:53 PM »
Snake & Mongoose
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« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2016, 02:22:27 PM »
As a kid I think my little brother and I would race our HotWheels cars for what seemed like hours, to see who was faster the snake or the Mongoose!  Joe
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« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2016, 07:48:03 PM »
As a kid I think my little brother and I would race our HotWheels cars for what seemed like hours, to see who was faster the snake or the Mongoose!  Joe
Some great pic's Joe.
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« Reply #28 on: February 03, 2016, 11:43:00 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #29 on: February 03, 2016, 11:48:03 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2016, 12:47:19 PM »
Beppie you always come up with some nice shots!  Joe
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« Reply #31 on: February 05, 2016, 05:00:13 PM »
Beppie you always come up with some nice shots!  Joe
I get lucky alot.In the last pic that's Cha Cha.
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« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2016, 07:33:32 PM »
Yes it is, I have heard she doesn't like to be referred to as "CHA CHA" . You know anything about that?  Joe
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« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2016, 03:08:42 PM »
A couple more.  Joe
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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2016, 10:42:55 AM »
Snake.
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« Reply #35 on: March 10, 2016, 06:00:21 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #36 on: March 12, 2016, 04:58:21 PM »
PRUDHOMME.
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« Reply #37 on: March 18, 2016, 07:51:12 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #38 on: March 23, 2016, 06:02:12 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #39 on: April 02, 2016, 11:59:13 AM »
Yeah, he's got a few trophies.
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« Reply #40 on: April 02, 2016, 12:00:40 PM »
The Snake.
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« Reply #41 on: April 02, 2016, 12:03:02 PM »
Snake at Fremont.
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« Reply #42 on: April 02, 2016, 12:04:03 PM »
Prudhomme and crew.
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« Reply #43 on: April 18, 2016, 06:10:33 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #44 on: April 18, 2016, 06:17:04 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #45 on: April 18, 2016, 06:21:45 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #46 on: May 25, 2016, 10:47:33 AM »
Marvin Rifchin of M&H Tire, listening a bit suspiciously as Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen (L) and Don “Snake” Prudhomme chat.
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« Reply #47 on: May 25, 2016, 10:53:47 AM »
A few more.
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« Reply #48 on: June 07, 2016, 05:52:36 PM »
Don Prudhomme
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« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2016, 05:54:01 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #50 on: June 20, 2016, 09:17:42 PM »
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« Reply #51 on: June 20, 2016, 09:23:44 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #52 on: June 20, 2016, 09:30:08 PM »
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« Reply #53 on: June 20, 2016, 09:35:11 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #54 on: June 20, 2016, 09:40:09 PM »
Well Davy,
 That's it.Those are all the ones I've saved thru the years.
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« Reply #55 on: June 20, 2016, 10:00:08 PM »
Bumped into Prudhomme Saturday at LA Roadster Show. He was in the JimGlo Trailer display ordering a new enclosed trailer. Hmmm- wonder what will go in there?

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« Reply #56 on: October 08, 2016, 06:54:01 AM »
Hello,
     Don Prudhomme was a pretty good race car driver.  A lot of young guys always seemed to try and be like him.  His history from the real early days of drag racing was pretty fascinating.  We were at Lions in 1960 when he brought his 6 carb Buick FED.  The locals did not know who he was, but just some kid from the valley.  What a great start to a wonderful career in drag racing.
 
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« Reply #57 on: February 14, 2017, 05:54:18 PM »
1965 Hot Rod Magazine Press Party. Don Prudhomme and female friend try out the dance floor during the soiree.Photo by Pat Brollier
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« Reply #58 on: February 14, 2017, 06:03:26 PM »
1965 Hot Rod Magazine Press Party. Drag racer Don Prudhomme listens to actress Connie Stevens.Photo by Pat Brollier
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« Reply #59 on: February 27, 2017, 08:50:12 PM »
Another.
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« Reply #60 on: March 04, 2017, 09:41:11 PM »
GREER BLACK PRUDHOMME DRAGSTER
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« Reply #62 on: March 12, 2017, 01:21:20 PM »
Snake.
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« Reply #63 on: March 28, 2017, 04:57:20 PM »
Snake
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« Reply #64 on: January 22, 2018, 02:21:42 PM »
Snake
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« Reply #65 on: January 22, 2018, 02:25:27 PM »
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