1960 Buck & Thompson Slingshot Dragster

Summary

Dragsters are designed to do one thing: cover a quarter-mile from a standing start as quickly as possible. They contain nothing that does not contribute to that goal. To maximize traction, weight is concentrated as close to the rear wheels as possible. In this style car, popular from the mid-1950s through the early 1970s, the driver actually sat behind the rear wheels, "like a rock in a slingshot". This car was built and driven by two young men from the Rockford, Illinois area, Bob Thompson and Sam Buck. It was very successful in the Midwest from 1960 to 1963. The chassis was bought as a kit, and the 1948 Ford engine is highly modified with special cylinder heads, crank, pistons, magneto, camshaft, and fuel injectors. Engine: Ford V-8. side valves, 320 cu. in., 220 hp (est.)

Dragsters are designed to do one thing: cover a quarter-mile from a standing start as quickly as possible. They contain nothing that does not contribute to that goal. To maximize traction, weight is concentrated as close to the rear wheels as possible. In this style car, popular from the mid-1950s through the early 1970s, the driver actually sat behind the rear wheels, "like a rock in a slingshot". This car was built and driven by two young men from the Rockford, Illinois area, Bob Thompson and Sam Buck. It was very successful in the Midwest from 1960 to 1963. The chassis was bought as a kit, and the 1948 Ford engine is highly modified with special cylinder heads, crank, pistons, magneto, camshaft, and fuel injectors. Engine: Ford V-8. side valves, 320 cu. in., 220 hp (est.)

Artifact

Racing car

Date Made

1960

Creators

Buck, Sam 

Chassis Research 

Thompson, Bob 

Place of Creation

United States, California, Inglewood 

United States, Illinois, Lockport 

Creator Notes

Built by Bob Thompson and Sam Buck in Lockport, Illinois using Chassis Research (Inglewood, California) frame purchased as a kit.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

89.327.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Bob Thompson.

Material

Steel
Aluminum
Rubber (Material)
Nylon
Plexiglas (TM)

Technique

Customizing
Handmade
Welding

Color

Silver (Color)
Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 50 in

Width: 60 in

Length: 133 in

Weight: 1210 lbs

Inscriptions

On steering wheel: Chassis Research On sides of engine: Edelbrock On fuel pressure tank: EELCO / FUEL PRESSURE TANK / FUEL CAPACITY 1 1/2 GALLONS / TOTAL CAPACITY 2 GALLONS / MAX PRESSURE 10 PSI

Specifications

Make & Model: 1960 Buck & Thompson Slingshot Dragster drag racing

Maker: Sam Buck and Bob Thompson, Lockport, Illinois

Engine: Ford V-8, L-head valves, 320 cubic inches

Transmission: 1948 Ford 3-speed manual using only 2nd and 3rd gears

Height: 50 inches

Width: 60 inches

Wheelbase: 96 inches

Overall length: 148 inches

Weight: 1210 pounds

Horsepower: 220

Pounds per horsepower: 5.5

Competition History: Winner of Class D Dragster, World Series of Drag Racing, Cordova, Illinois, 1961; Winner of Class D Dragster, U.S. Fuel & Gas Championships, Bakersfield, California, 1962.

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