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Old 12-08-2009
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Default Chuck Suba X-1 Rocket Car 1976

Long before the Pollution Packer rocket car was the wild and scary X-1 rocket car of Chuck Suba. Kinda lookin' like a Indy car, this car weighed in at a scant 750lbs wet. It had a short wheelbase and in 1967 made easy passes with a best of 5.41 sec. at 229 mph. Never under full power and never running it thru the lights, this was I believe, the first rocket car on the drag strip. Anybody remember this ultra dangerous ride from the 60s??


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Sorry for the date typo on the post headline, it was 1967, not 76,opps.



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Sure do ,I watched it run many times in the Midwest. It's now resting in a shop about two miles from me. Pete Farnsworth built it as a test bed for the rocket motor , and then sold it to build the "Blue Flame". Pete found it about five years ago. The X-1 ran times that people didn't believe at first.
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Glad at least one persom remembers this scary ride. That car took a driver that had a major set of cashews!!







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saw this car at u.s.30 dragstrip. just sat there on the line with a wisp of vapor coming out the pipe. then pow! it was gone...
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One scary ride.




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It's been restored and was on display at the Meltdown Drags....





....no passes though, sadly. Track have to keep their insurance policies in good standing.
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Wow, that thing looks great.



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