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Wayne Gapp – The last race?

In the summer of 1977 the AHRA (American Hot Rod Association) held the AHRA Grand Nationals at Dragway 42.

As far as I can tell this is the last drag racing event that my Dad won.

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Wayne Gapp returned to the driver’s seat of the Gapp & Roush Pinto at the Grand Nationals and pulled off an upset win over the Team Jenkins Monza and driver Larry Lombardo. Gapp hit an 8.92, 153.32 while the quicker-runner Lombardo fell to broken drivetrain not far off the line.

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Wayne Gapp (leaning against his Pinto) chats with Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins prior to the opening round of Pro Stock. Larry Lombardo was the pace-setter with the “Grump’s” Monza at a sizzling 8.71, 160.42 mph clip, but it was Gapp who ended up in the winner’s circle.

Gapp & Roush Pinto in 1976 – Todd Wingerter Collection

Reed Koeppe (see here)has sent me a quite a few images of Gapp & Roush vehicles over the last few days.

These images are part of the Todd Wingerter collection. I find Mr. Wingerter’s images pretty compelling because (a) the shots are well-framed and (b) they appear to have been taken using Kodachrome. Kodachrome film gives a certain ‘look’ to the images that are taken with it. See here. Basically there’s a richness to the color in the image.

Again, I don’t know if that is the case here but it sure looks like it.

Check out this shot of the 1976 Ford Pinto:

1976 Pinto Drag NHRA