Beebe & Mulligan 1968

 


 

 


For the 1968 season Frank Huszar of Race Car Specialties front-halved the 1967 Beebe Bros. & Sixt chassis and Tom Hanna added a nose piece. George Cerny applied a green stripped paint scheme. And that is where this Beebe & Mulligan story begins.

 


Famed motorsports artist, Kenny Youngblood's first effort. It hangs on Jerry Hayes' wall in Oregon.

 

 


The 1968 car made its debut at the NHRA Winternationals. Here Mulligan oversees the official "weigh in".

 

 


Note: This is the photo Kenny Youngblood did the above painting off of.

 


1968 Winternationals

 

 


 


The eyes of a champion

 


Beebe & Mulligan

 

 

 


Chuck Ridgley doing the bottom end.

 


 


In the pits at Fremont

 

 


 


Irwindale, 1968

 

 

 


 


Mulligan on parade at the 1968 PDA Meet at Lions.

 


Two more action shots from the 1968 PDA Meet illustrate the handle Beebe had on the clutch.

 

 


Great action shot of John entering the topend lights, just pulling the chute.
Paul Hutchins photo

 


 


NHRA US Nationals, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Sacramento Raceway

 


 


Orange County International Raceway, Irvine, CA

 


 


In late 1968 Mulligan got his funny car license in the ill-fated "Ratty Cat" Chevy powered Cougar. The following season both Gerry and John would suffer fatal accidents.

 


 


Lions Drag Strip, Long Beach, CA. That's Chuck Ridgley in the pickup bed, Richard Beebe behind the car with his hand over his mouth (no doubt from the nitro), Dave Beebe bent down next to him (see the flat top?), Larry Sutton is the starter.

 

 


 


John Mulligan and NHRA Division Director Dale Ham in 1968.

 

Related Story: AA Fabulous

 


 


In September of 1968 Tim and John decided that their current car wasn't going to take them to the next level so they ordered a new RCE (Woody Gilmore) car. The old car was sold to Leland Kolb (above) who ran it a few times locally with a late model hemi (426) then sold it to Jim Reed in Australia (below).

 


These four shots of the car in Australia are by Steve Thomas / www.visualvelocity.net

 

 

 

 


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