My uncle raced top fuel dragsters in the late 60s and early 70s as part of Beach Boys (No connection to the band) racing out of Laguna Beach CA. He drove the “Smothers Brothers Beach Boys special”.
He also took part in building a dual motor slingshot dragster out of motors they bought from Indy Car teams after a rule change made them illegal. The dragster was built for less than $7000.
[Here are a couple pictures, I have more of him if there’s interest](http://imgur.com/gallery/B6ko6mS)