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Old 07-05-2022, 02:12 PM
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If we were to make a list of the Pontiac Drag Racing personal that made the sport and kept it going over the years for us next generation fans to enjoy.

Who should be on this starting list? (I purposely left off most of the great resources that currently keep the hobbie going) :-)

Please add to this starting list.

Semon E. "Bunkie" Knudsen
Elliott M. "Pete" Estes
John Z. DeLorean
Herb Adams
Mark Frank
Malcolm McKellar
George DeLorean
Milt Schornack
Bill Mitchell
Jim Wangers
Mickey Thompson
Henry "Smokey" Yunick
Dick Jesse
Arnie Beswick
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Stan Long
Ace Wilson
Bill Abraham
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Bill Knafel
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Old 07-05-2022, 02:57 PM
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Some gentlemen I would add to the list,

Jess Tyree, Fireball Roberts, Craig Hendrickson , Kern Osterstock, Art Peterson, Jim Hand, Pete McCarthy.

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I am disappointed that Tom Nell was not on the list as he was Herb Adams "Go to Engineer". He supplied and worked with Arnie for years.
Same deal with other Pontiac Guys at Pontiac Engineering like Dudley "Skip" McCully.

People like the Butler family, the KRE Guys, Travis Quillen, Bob and Frank, Mr Edelbrock, and Wade and Mark H. (The marketing guys).

I say this because "Pete" Estes never made a "racing pass" in his life. Same for Semon Knudson, who started the Performance Programs at Pontiac. Pontiac Motors Division VP.

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I know this won’t be popular here but how about Rusty Wallace Pontiac driver for many years. Yes I know those had “small block” Pontiacs in them before someone throws it out there.

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I know this won’t be popular here but how about Rusty Wallace Pontiac driver for many years. Yes I know those had “small block” Pontiacs in them before someone throws it out there.
Not a drag racer.

Pontiac Drag Racing Legends is the thread subject.

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Not a drag racer.

Pontiac Drag Racing Legends is the thread subject.
Not all of the drivers on that list are drag racers.

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Look in the back of Pete McCarthys book for more.Tom

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JMHO,I think it should be of drivers and owners only?Tom

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Some gentlemen I would add to the list,

Jess Tyree, Fireball Roberts, Craig Hendrickson , Kern Osterstock, Art Peterson, Jim Hand, Pete McCarthy.
You left out Floyd Hand

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How about Eddie Hill, Bob Michaels, The Hunt Brothers, Bill Rink, Phil and Vance Heck.

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Pete's book seems to have most if not all,either in pictures with stories or listed in back

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Not a drag racer, but Ray Nichols from Nichols engineering built a bunch of cars for Pontiac race program from 57, through 63, and of course Smokey Yunick in the NASCAR part of the race program.

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How about Eddie Hill, Bob Michaels, The Hunt Brothers, Bill Rink, Phil and Vance Heck.
Wasn't it Eddie Hill who said something like "threw that Pontiac junk in a lake" ?

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