One weekend the engine in the fuel altered got dropped into the Engine Masters' digger frame. With Beebe spinning the wrenches, Moe qualified the car for the card at 8.72 at Fontana. Before the car could be moved off the far end of the strip, another dragster was sent down, and it collided with the MulIigan-Beebe entry. No one was hurt, but two dragsters got scratched from the program and Beebe and Mulligan's initial outing in a dragster is perhaps the shortest on record.
   Mulligan then began driving for Ward and Wayre. The team later evolved into Adams, Wayre, and Mulligan. For a time there were two dragsters, one with a Chrysler and the other with a Chevy. Upon occasion, Mulligan drove both. "It was a bad deal; the cars were just too different." Just how different was learned the hard way at Lions one weekend when the Chrysler was put into the Chevy rail, which was shorter and lighter. The car went singing through the lights at 199 mph. In Moe's effort to stop, the parachute ripped, the brakes burned out, and a rod broke. Mulligan left the strip and went into the sand at an estimated 170 mph. Lucky to be alive, Moe nursed a broken back in a huge plaster cast for 45 days. On a Tuesday, the cast was replaced by a steel brace. By Saturday, Mulligan had figured out that by being lifted in and out of a digger, he could drive just fine.
   While Mulligan was doing his thing with two cars, a broken back, and some very

successful drag racing, Tim Beebe was working with Lee Sixt and Dave Beebe campaigning a fueler. Just to keep things interesting, a feud "developed" between the team of Beebe Brothers and Sixt and the team of Adams, Wayre and Mulligan. This was known far and wide in drag racing circles as the "feud of Garden Grove." Both teams were claiming to be the fastest and quickest in Garden Grove (California).
   "We would never race each other. If they went to Lions we'd go to Irwindale, and we played it back and forth like that for weeks."
   "Was the feud friendly?"
   "Well, it wasn't supposed to be, but it was. All we had to do to get to their garage was jump a fence and walk up an alley. Finally we had a big match race at Irwindale. Mulligan outran Dave two straight to put an end to the feud."
   Despite the defeat at the hands of Mulligan, the Beebe Brothers and Sixth car moved down the quarter-mile to the tune of $30,000 in winnings in 1966. With a full-time job as service manager for a Chevy agency, and a full-size family to care for, Dave Beebe found the schedule particularly demanding and begged off when out-of-state appearances began coming in. Dave suggested that the talents of bachelor Mulligan could be utilized, and the current team of Beebe and Mulligan was formed.

continued on page 3


Baddest of the Bad - Page 3

Baddest of the Bad - Page 1

Reprinted from Hot Rod Magazine - May 1969


Always a Bridesmaid  ||  AA Fabulous  || The Fleeting Irish 
 Salute to the Top Rail  ||  Baddest of the Bad  ||  Wounded Elephant 
Beebe & Mulligan 1968  ||  Beebe & Mulligan 1969 
Mulligan - Early Years  ||  Mulligan - NHRA  ||  Tim Beebe
Lubriplate Ad  ||  Blast from the Past

Reproduction  ||  2000 Debut  ||  First Fire-up  ||  2001 Paint & Present 
Oldies Honored  ||  2004 CHRR  ||  2005 CHRR  ||  2006 CHRR  ||  Fan Mail
Beebe & Mulligan 2007 CHRR Video

Beebe & Mulligan at 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Beebe & Mulligan Store

Links   ||  Contact


HotRodsWest.com is a Dave West Web Property
Designed and maintained by Left Coast Web Graphics.© Copyright 2004-2011

Return to Top