It doesn't happen often but in
the late 60s and early 70s So Cal drag racing had two Tommy Larkin's.
Tom Larkin ran and set many records in Top Gas and Top Fuel ...
and built blowers, "Little Tommy" Larkin focused on
the Top Gas class (and later in Pro Comp). This cacklecar was
owned by the latter when he teamed up with the late Al Weiss
in 1969. Larkin was a top driver and Weiss an ace engine builder
and tuner. The duo did quite well on the regional level and even
more success when they made the transition to the rear engine
At this time we have no photos
of the car in its Weiss & Larkin trim. However, this is Larkin
(pre Weiss) at Phoenix in 1969. When Weiss came onboard a nose
piece and new paint scheme was added.
Larkin made is Cacklefest
debut in 2001 and had been on hand every CHRR since.
of this car may have been the easiest and cheapest of any on
record. Larking found the car in 2000, under wraps, and virtually
untouched from its last race in 1971. It was purchased by Tom's
friend, Tom McIntyre and the paint was rubbed out and waxed.
A cast iron 392 was put back into the frame rails and it was
off to the 2001 CHRR.
Cacklefest Parade 2002
Cacklefest III push start.
Like many of the cacklecars,
the Weiss & Larkin entry spends most of its CHRR weekend
in "The Grove" behind the grandstands at Bakersfield.
This photo is from 2002
Although this was a Top
Gas car Larkin runs an undisclosed percentage of nitro for Cacklefest
2004 Cacklefest Parade
Larkin in his spot at
In spite of some serious
health problems, Larkin made another appearance at Cacklefest
Tommy in his element
and hopefully he will continue to make his yearly CHRR appearances.