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Happened at both venues. The one in Houston is the one that broke his back and forced him into retirement. Broke the block in two pieces and it exited the frame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzPCk2lt2_4
That must have been something to pop the chutes and watch your engine pass you by toward the far end!
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they are just making a push to get that canopy approved.
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they are just making a push to get that canopy approved.
Planned explosion? That's what I was thinking too.
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Al Weiss, who served as Hill's crew chief for a period of time after Fuzzy Carter's departure, told me the blocks themselves were structurally defective. Neither of them stood a chance of lasting long enough to complete a pass.
Were cast aluminum blocks phased out shortly after Eddie's explosions?
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Another epic boomer was Arnold Birky at Pomona.



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Were cast aluminum blocks phased out shortly after Eddie's explosions?
I believe that's correct, Luther.

Hill was pushing the envelope, too, on those boomer runs. His Pennzoil deal was fading; he knew retirement was imminent and he was determined to add "4.40 Father" to his "4-Father" title. He wouldn't have been the first - Dixon was - but he wanted the record, wanted it bad. But it wasn't to be. 2 destroyed cars later, Hill knew his driving career was over.
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Another epic boomer was Arnold Birky at Pomona.



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I heard Arnold Birky at Pomona say he made more money from selling the blow-up posters than he did drag racing.
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What is Wrong with the Canopy, Alot safer and could they get the driver out alot Quicker with more room than what they have Now!!
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