On most any poll the most famous
and recognizable Top Gas dragster of all time is John & Bev
Peters twin engine Freight Train Top Gas Dragster. From 1960
(Peters & Frank) to 1970 there were four different "Trains",
each nicer and faster than the one before it. When the Top Gas
class was dropped by NHRA in 1971 most of the cars were either
converted to another class, put up in the rafters or cut up.
Peters chose to keep his car basically in tact, without a clue
of what he would ever use it for.
Freight Train AA/GD (1963-1971)
Owner: John Peters of Santa Monica, CA. This last edition of
the car was built in 1967 by Frank Huzar (RCS) and John Peters.
Its 200" chassis with a Nye Frank body, and twin 350 blown
Chevys up front, was a "load" for anyone who had to
face it in competition. The first gas dragster to run 200 (1967)
and it also notched wins at Bakersfield (69), UDRA Championships
(67/68), as well as a host of NHRA divisional and national
Billy "The Kid"
Scott in 1967
Bob "Floyd Lippencotte
Jr." Muravez at Irwindale in 1969
Though Bob Muravez was the primary
driver of the "Train" for almost a decade, there were
others that saw seat time in various versions of the car, which
began life as the Quincy Automotive Special in 1959. They included
original driver Roy "Goob" Tuller, Billy "The
Kid Scott", Sam Davis, Walt Rhoades, Bob Noice and Bill
Sam Davis at Orange County
International Raceway in 1970.
Known for running nothing but
small block Chevies and sporting red paint jobs, Peters broke
his tradition during the 1970 season when he teamed up with Walt
Rhodes to run a national campaign using 392 type Chrysler hemi's
with the car painted black.
Cacklefest debut in 2001 with Bob Muravez in the seat.
Push start for Cacklefest
2002 NHRA Winternationals
Parade and push start fire-up in 2002
Roy Tuller, Bob Muravez
and John Peters
One, Bowling Green, KY 2003
The Train sat until 1995 when,
at the request of Steve Gibbs, he put the car back together as
a feature display for the new NHRA Motorsports Museum. It resided
at the Fairplex until Peters witnessed Cacklefest II he decided
it was time to bring the car out of the Museum and back onto
the track for Cacklefest II in 2001. He freshened up the engines,
installed a clutch and driveline and she was ready to rumble.
driver Roy "Goob" Tuller in the car at Bowling Green.
Sam Davis in Cacklefest
"Floyd" prior to the NHRA 50th Anniversary US Nationals
Don Enriquez got the
seat at the 2004 Cacklefest.
At Cacklefest VI Sam
Davis was back in the seat.
When its not at the CHRR or doing
a special event the Freight Train is on display at the Wally
Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.