Friday, November 17, 2006


With Tony Schumacher winning the Top Fuel Championship again, I thought I would post about his first 300 MPH car.

The Odyssey in it many forms were built by Wayne Knuth. Some of the drivers were Larry Keisha, Aggie Hendricks, Toby Ehrmantraut, and Tony Schumacher.

The were of various engines and designs, but they all were very fast in their time periods.

Here are some of the cars.

TV Tommy IVO

In the 1980's, after a bad funny car fire, TV Tommy IVO built a jet car. This car was one of the most beautiful bodied cars of the time. No expense spared for this vehicle.

After a few seasons, TV Tommy retired from racing and sold the vehicle and it was renamed the Alien.

But the car was never to survive, it along with the transporter were destroyed in an accident.

Vampire & Hellbender

The Vampire and Hellbender were two Rolls Royce powered jet dragsters out of the U.K. In the 1980's they were the state of the art cars until the Hellbender crashed killing it's driver, Mark Woodley.

The Vampire continued to perform until this year, when Top Gear's Richard Hammond crashed during a segment. He crashed at over 280 mph, and survived with serious injuries. Currently looking to make a full recovery is testament to the safety and contruction of this vehicle.