While perusing the pits on the eve of the Old Time Drags at historic Old Bridge Raceway Park (aka Englishtown, Etown), I was intrigued to see a restored version of the 1975 Monza Funny Car.
Currently owned by Jim Basley of Danielson, Connecticut the story of the AA/FC '75 Monza goes like this.
Originally built by Rollie Lindblad in 1974 at Lindblad Chassis in Northbridge, Mass. for Russell James (Jungle Jim) Liberman of West Chester, PA. This car began life as Mr. Liberman's red 1974 Chevy Vega. Over the winter of '74-'75 Jungle re-bodied this chassis with the '75 Monza fiberglass body seen here. The Monza was sold to Bruce Larson in March of '75 and campaigned as the "USA-1" funny car until '79 when it was sold to Chuck Etchells and finished it's career as the "Future Force" funny car. The body was located behind a barn in North Eastern Connecticut, while the original chassis was located in Georgia.
Big difference from the funny car of today, huh? Excellent job Mr. Basley, and thanks for bringing back a piece of history.