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Don't know the drivers name, the boat was GLADIATOR - early to mid 70s, my Dad & I watched them at Long Beach a few times, what a showman, all in costume, it was a Vegas show on the ramp
( Don't know the drivers name, the boat was GLADIATOR - early to mid 70s, my Dad & I watched them at Long Beach a few times, what a showman, all in costume, it was a Vegas show on the ramp)[/QUOTE]
I remember seeing this crew on the ramp at Long Beach. The driver's helmet had a "bottlebrush" going over it, like a Gladiator's helmet would have, and the crew were all dressed in togas and sandals. There was even an awning over the boat, attached to the trailer, that had a roman "square zig-zag "pattern all around the edges. I was thinking maybe Jerry Gleason was driving that time, but I could very well be mistaken.
For all the eighteen wheelers, multiple member crews and money spent on boat drag racing today,....it still doesn't match how cool and flashy, and hip, the owners / racers/ rigs were in the sixties thru early seventies.
I'm sure people remember the "Mortician" UFF being towed thru the pits by a matching hearse tow vehicle!
Last edited by Spike Morelli; 01-28-2013 at 10:29 PM.
Sunny Jones - been told he was the only driver ever to be licensed in all the classes for drag boat racing the TAF Memorial trophy is named in his honor. His son Greg is racing in TAF class now. Would be great to see him get that trophy.