Beauty and Mulligan seem happy enough over the '69 Winternationals victory, while Tim Beebe is striring away - trying to figure out how to smile. The pair could make Gordon's goat run in the low sevens.

   The "Fighting Irish" maintain their long green machine in "the cave" an out-of-the-way, unmarked commercial building behind some other unmarked buildings 80 yards off one of the nameless back streets of Garden Grove. A huge Overhead door yawns open to admit 200-inch-wheelbase cars and all of the necessary support hardware. Shelves are stacked with pistons, rods, cranks, gaskets- all, of course, for 392 Chryslers. Out back there is a collection of decimated blocks and a larger collection of (hose awaiting preparation for a last, short ride in the green car. A pay phone is lost on a once-white wall. Thousands of hastily scribbled phone numbers surround the well-used instrument. Don Prudhomme calls - there is talk of raring. Jerry Ruth calls - there is an arrangement made to do some engine work. McEwen calls - there is talk of tires. This is a race car shop in the fullest sense of the term, despite a hundred or so cartons of empty pop bottles shoved under a large workbench. Mulligan is addicted to the soft drink, and in the haste of racing work, the bottles do not got carried out as quickly as the contents are consumed.
   But Beetle and Mulligan are in the process of moving to a larger "cave," since drag racing is relatively a space-consuming endeavor and business is booming. All of which would lead one to inquire if Tim is thinking of slowly building a racing engine business.
   "No, that doesn't interest me. I like the racing, and I just don't see how you can do right by several engines."
   But the Ruth and McEwen cars are in and out of the shop from time to time, and it's obvious more room is needed. Tim may already be in the engine-building and tuning business and not be fully aware of the fact.
   "Tim, what will fuelers look like five years from now, and what sort of e.t.'s can we expect?"
   "Boy, that's hard to say. I guess it all hinges on the tires. If the tires continue to get better, the cars will probably get longer, but it's hard to say DOW (puck the cars will be running."
   "Are you constantly experimenting with various components and modifications in an effort to move the car I little quicker?"
 "Yes, we change a lot of things around, but then . . . like for the Winternationals, we went back to the same combination we had been running."
   "Is this a give-and-take situation between you and John as far as how the car is set up? Does he have a sensitive feel tot how the car is performing, and can he transmit this to you?"
   "Hardly. I even tell him which lane we should run in most of the time. The car is set up to be driven mechanically. That is, John slides his foot off one pedal and pushes the other one all the way to the bellhousing. We have the clutch set so it slips quite a bit for the first eight to ten car lengths. Then the tires begin to haze and the clutch locks up."
   Moe said, "I think this is the only consistent way to run the car. Anyone could get in that car and make it go just as quick as I do, because it's mechanical. We go up or down on the power to adjust for a good or bad strip.
   If you start playing the clutch with one foot and the throttle with the other, you might be able to get the right combination of traction; but usually by the time you do, it's too late."
   "You do have a feel for how the car is running, though, don't you?"
   "Oh sure, and I pass things along to Tim from time to time. I keep up with what changes he's making."
   "Speaking of changes ... some of the guys are beginning to campaign funny cars along with a dragster. What do you think about that?"
   "Well, I think you are going to see some of the cars running a lot quicker because of this. We've thought of adding a funny car, but for the time being we've sorta passed on the idea. I would like to work the back of our car and maybe put a top on it. Sorta like a coupe. I think the crowd would really go for and it would make the car different enough so they would remember you."
   A flower power hat, a big cigar, soda pop by the case - these sawed-off redheads with flat-tops called Moe and Chops, who live at "the cave," are not exactly suffering from any lack-of-identity problems. Anyone who can currently run 6.65 and 233.85 has to be doing something right. The list of people who have done this is a very small one indeed - Beebe & Mulligan.


Baddest of the Bad - Page 2

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
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Oldies Honored  ||  2004 CHRR  ||  2005 CHRR  ||  2006 CHRR  ||  Fan Mail
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