THE CHRISMAN FAMILY

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« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2015, 01:18:40 PM »
THE CHRISMAN FAMILY.
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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2015, 01:25:03 PM »
COVER OF HOT ROD FEB. 1954.
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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2015, 01:01:10 AM »
I've been fortunate to have met both Art and Mike Chrisman over 20 years ago , and have been good friends and lunch buddies ever since . Two of the best in the business , and a huge help in building my roadster . Too listen to Art tell stories of his life in racing is truly one of life's better moments .
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« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2015, 08:46:48 PM »
I've been fortunate to have met both Art and Mike Chrisman over 20 years ago , and have been good friends and lunch buddies ever since . Two of the best in the business , and a huge help in building my roadster . Too listen to Art tell stories of his life in racing is truly one of life's better moments .
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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2016, 01:42:18 PM »
Art.
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« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2016, 01:43:12 PM »
Jack Chrisman in a later Sidewinder racing Chrisman and Cannon Hustler II.
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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2016, 01:43:47 PM »
Motor Trend November 1964.
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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2016, 01:44:27 PM »
Motor Trend September 1962.
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« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2016, 01:45:24 PM »
Jack Chrisman in Mickey Thompson's hemi Pontiac at the Nationals.
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« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2016, 01:45:59 PM »
Chuck Jones' Sidewinder driven by Jack Chrisman Santa Ana CA 1959.
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« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2016, 01:48:21 PM »
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« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2016, 01:59:02 PM »
From Hot Rod
Jack Chrisman's Funny Car Revolution Evolution
Written by Thom Taylor on April 3, 2015

You can see the embryonic beginnings of the fast and crazy Funny Car class of drag racing from a single owner/driver, one Jack Chrisman. His early Super Stock Mercury Comets morphed very quickly into what became the Funny Car template. Though not done in a vacuum, by following the gestation of his cars you can see why and how the Funny Car came into being. Follow along this quick tutorial as we dive back into those hazy, crazy days of screaming door slammers.

Chrisman’s first shot across the bow of the Super Stock class of NHRA, AHRA and IHRA drag racing was his 1964 Comet. The Super Stock class was going berserk, and Mercury was right in the middle of it thanks to Mercury’s Fran Hernandez and Al Turner. With parent company Ford developing their Thunderbolt 1964 Fairlanes, Mercury was in lock step with their own Factory Experimental Comets, featuring either a 289ci small block [B/FX-class] or 427ci big block [A/FX-class]. Fiberglass doors, hoods and bumpers kept the weight down, and Chrisman was one of the lucky recipients.

But Chrisman was not reticent about why he wouldn’t run the Comet. He wanted to supercharge the 427, and the NHRA forbade superchargers and nitro. He also disliked the 4-speed. So for the first half of the 1964 season Chrisman’s Comet sat. But once he got the green light from Hernandez to do what he wished to the car, Chrisman debuted it at the US Nationals with a blown motor with a direct drive unit attached, smoking the tires the entire length of the quarter mile with elapsed times in the 10.20s at almost 160mph.

He continued to campaign the Comet throughout the Midwest and east coast in exhibition and match race contests for the rest of the year. At the end of 1964 Chrisman updated the Comet with 1965 fiberglass painted candy red, but more importantly he took the evolution of the A/FX car further by pushing the engine back 25- percent in the chassis, and replacing the 427 FE engine with the new 427 SOHC overhead cam engine.

At the NHRA Nationals in 1965, the Comet ran in the Fuel Dragster class along with other stock-bodied new cars running blown, nitro engines and in many cases altered wheelbases for extra weight out the back for better traction. NHRA could see the popularity of these “experimental” cars; they just had a hard time finding a class to put them into.

You can see that by 1965 the Comet, though production-based, was very far removed from a production car. And with the engine setback it must have been a chore to work on, as it sat right where a firewall used to be, so essentially half of the engine was behind the windshield, and half ahead of it. This would all change for 1966.

In this guise the Comet ran 9.60s and 9.70s at over 165mph. Again this was mainly in the match race and exhibition circuit. Still, the car was a huge draw with drag racing fans.

Mercury sourced four 1966 Comet Caliente’s to be built at local Detroit chassis builders Logghe brothers. Working out of the corner of their Logghe Stamping facility, they had been building dragsters for a few years. Mercury asked them to develop a Funny Car chassis for a fiberglass flip-top body, to aid in weight reduction, driver protection, and ease of access to the entire chassis. The perimeter tube chassis they developed became the archetype for all Funny Cars for years to come.

But again, Chrisman deviated from the other three Comet Funny Cars that went to Fast Eddie Schartman, Dyno Don Nicholson, and the Kenz and Leslie team out of Denver.

Chrisman whacked the top off of his Comet, making for a streamlined roadster that was also lighter by eliminating its lid.

With an 86-percent win rate over the course of the season, it had to end somehow, and it did at the 1966 Super Stock Nationals at New York National Speedway, where its chute failed to open, launching the Comet through the traps on fire. Chrisman escaped injury, but it has been said that Mercury officials asked the fire crew not to put out the fire. They didn’t like the loss of identity Chrisman’s Comet had from slicing the top.

For 1967 Chrisman received a new Logghe Funny Car weighing only 1620 lbs. Within one year the engine and driver locations have been set back even further in the chassis than previous Logghe chassis, and the engine is also sitting lower in the frame. The 1800hp SOHC was hooked to a modified C-6 automatic transmission spinning a narrowed Ford 9-inch rear end. Speeds were over 190mph with times in the 7.67-second range.

Chrisman raced this car for a number of years, replacing the Comet body with a Mustang in 1969, and continuing to race it with the SOHC until 1971, when he began to develop his sidewinder Mustang, which landed on HOT ROD’s November 1971 cover but was never raced by Chrisman. It became John Force’s first Funny Car called “Night Stalker.”

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« Reply #28 on: January 13, 2016, 02:25:36 PM »
The White one.
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« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2016, 02:38:36 PM »
 The White one.
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« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2016, 03:33:13 PM »
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« Reply #31 on: January 14, 2016, 12:39:55 AM »
 A Saturday morning a few years ago at the shop .
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