Snake vs. Mongoose: How a Rivalry Changed Drag Racing Forever

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Don “The Snake” Prudhomme  in his Barracuda.  Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen in his Duster.  The “Snake vs. Mongoose” racing feud had been making headlines long before they got their Funny Cars, but it wasn’t until they made a deal with Mattel that drag racing became the multimillion-dollar business that it is today.  Happily co-opted by Mattel, the rivalry described in Snake vs. Mongoose was nonetheless real.  Author Tom Madigan tells the story from the beginning, when engine builder Ed ...
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Don “The Snake” Prudhomme  in his Barracuda.  Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen in his Duster.  The “Snake vs. Mongoose” racing feud had been making headlines long before they got their Funny Cars, but it wasn’t until they made a deal with Mattel that drag racing became the multimillion-dollar business that it is today.  Happily co-opted by Mattel, the rivalry described in Snake vs. Mongoose was nonetheless real.  Author Tom Madigan tells the story from the beginning, when engine builder Ed Donovan, with a nod to “The Jungle Book,” dubbed his driver “The Mongoose”--the one creature who could strike faster than a Snake.  The book chronicles the bad press, the toe-to-toe standoffs, and some of the best races in drag racing history.  And within that story, Madigan captures the transformation of drag racing from the gritty, gut-driven sport of the 60s into the full-fledged money-making machine of our day.
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"Madigan’s book not only details drag racing in California during ’60s – from match racing to corporate sponsorship – it also tells the story of two great drag racers." - AutoTraderClassics.com

“Even before you open “Snake vs. Mongoose,” you know you’re in for something special and fun. A protective plastic dustjacket with full color decals of the snake and mongoose figures grabs your attention and keeps your 160 page book in pristine condition. Nine Chapters and eight informative sidebars from Marv Rifchin, Gene Adams, Bob Brandt, Pete Ward, Billy “Bones” Miller, Randy Fish, Bob Shaffer and “Waterbed” Fred Miller document the story. “Snake vs. Mongoose” is a joyful quarter mile trip down a fast memory lane. It rates four out of five lug nuts.” – Gregg Leary, SPEEDTV.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760334867
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Tom Madigan has been part of the California car culture since the end of World War II. As a journalist, he has covered all kinds of motorsports, but his first love has always been the sport in which he participated: Top Fuel drag racing. Madigan is the author of several books, including Motorbooks’ critically acclaimed Fuel and Guts: The Birth of Top Fuel Drag Racing; Edelbrock: Made in the USA; and Hurricane: The Bob Hannah Story. He resides in Sonora, California, with his extremely patient wife, Darlene.

Winner of International Automotive Media Gold Award 2010

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Chapter 1: Staging

                Sidebar: Marv Rifchin (M&H Tires)

Chapter 2: The Mongoose

                Sidebar: Gene Adams

Chapter 3: The Snake

                Sidebar: Bob Brandt

Chapter 4: The Mongoose Version

                Sidebar: Pete Ward

Chapter 5: Leaving the Line

                Sidebar: Billy “Bones” Miller

                Sidebar: Rich Fish

Chapter 6: The Snake Version

                Sidebar: Bob Schaffer

Chapter 7: The End of the Run

                Sidebar: “Waterbed Fred” Miller

Chapter 8: The Rivalry that Changed a Generation

Chapter 9: Snake vs. Mongoose

Epilogue

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