From the NHRA.
Mickey Thompson’s blue, Danny Ongais-driven 427 Ford SOHC-powered Mustang was one of the toughest cars of the late 1960s, winning the 1969 NHRA Springnationals in Dallas and the Nationals in Indy. I wrote a couple of articles about it a few years ago that can be found here and here. I’d wager to say that this is the same car in early shakedown runs at OCIR.
From the NHRAhttps://www.nhra.com/news/2018/1970s-funny-cars.
Orange County Int’l Raceway was not just a great track for fans and racers, but for photographers, too. The trademark three-story Champion Spark Plugs tower afforded a great spot to shoot burnouts like this, of Danny Ongais in “Big John” Mazmanian’s ‘Cuda (we know it’s Danny O and not Rich Siroonian by the 799 on the car instead of 717; remember what I told you earlier?).
Any look back at 70s F/Cs has got to begin with "Jungle Jim" Liberman from West Chester, PA. One of the top all time crowd pleasers and showman in drag racing, Jungle's demand was such that at one time he had to field 3 funny cars scattered all over the country to cover his bookings. While not remembered as a frequent national event winner, the first "official" NHRA F/C win (69 Winternationals) was recorded by Clare Sanders driving JJ's #2 car. JJ's only NHRA national event victory came at the 75 Summernationals (although JJ did win numerous AHRA flopper shows). Super Stock & Drag Illustrated said of him "He never won a World Championship. He would often arrive late at booked-in races. He would give track owners heart failure... but he would fill the stands with fans from coast to coast... they adored the harmonica playing kid from Pennsylvania."
One of funny cars "founding fathers," Lew Arrington moved to PA in the late 60s with his Firebird flopper to set up shop with his popular series of "Brutus" funny cars. Firebird shell gave way to Mustang body in 71... neat trick on first Mustang was fitting 392 powerplant with Boss 429 valve covers to round out the Ford look. Pictured is Arrington's 72 Mustang at Englishtown, NJ... design on hood/roof represented nitro molecules. Car started the season a brilliant orange but due to a paint problem faded as the season continued... later burned to the ground at Epping NH. Arrington's last nitro ride was at the wheel of the Brutus Charger (ex-Nichols & Oxner) that ran out the Fred Forkner's Delaware stables. Arrington later sold the "Brutus" name to Roy Harris who carried it into the 80s. Arrington became one of the charter Rocket F/C pilots with his swoopy "Capt America" Mustang in the mid-70s and was joined in the RF/C ranks by former F/C drivers Fred Goeske and Sam Miller.