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Hot Wheels Match Race Haulers

Back in the early 1970s Drag Racing was really catching on and star Match Races were a big draw. Every kid, like many today, wanted Hot Wheels. What better way to promote a product than to blend the real with the toy?

DON PRUDOM “THE SNAKE” FUNNY CAR AND HAULER

This 1967 D-700 has a remarkable place in racing history. It first began service as the stock car hauler for the King, Richard Petty. It carried his Petty blue Plymouth all over the NASCAR circuit from 1967 through 1969. It was then turned into the Plymouth dealer in Greensboro, NC. In September of 1969 Don Prudhomme purchased the hauler and hired Nash Equipment to prepare it to haul a funny car.

TOM McEWEN PLYMOUTH DUSTER FUNNY CAR AND HAULER

From 1970 through 1972 Don “The Shake” and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen match raced their Plymouth Funny Cars all over the US. These Hot Wheel Match Races were a major draw though out the Country. This Mongoose Hauler was on display at the 2013 Hot Rod Magazine Cover Car Show in Pomona CA. It was a favorite of many in attendance and always drew a crowd.

TOM McEWEN FUNNY CAR HAULER

Prudhomme sold his truck in 1973 to a gentleman in CA. In 2008 he decided he wanted it back and began a VIN search which led him back to the very person he sold it to in 1973!

TOM McEWEN PLYMOUTH DUSTER FUNNY CAR AND HAULER

Once it was back in his hands The Snake began a 16 month frame off nuts and bolts restoration of the old 1967 D-700 Dodge hauler. Both haulers now have their original restored Funny Cars back in a familiar location. Could just one more match race be far behind?

TOM McEWEN PLYMOUTH DUSTER FUNNY CAR AND HAULER
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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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