It was a friendly place, frequented by numerous racers, their wives, and even their kids, including Kim Dyer, Karen Minick, and the Safford children. Nationals with a 6. Battle of the Network S The beautiful car they introduced early in the year was dramatic in appearance with a full body, blue-metalflake paint, and an elongated tail. Naturally, the Coke tour started with a meeting in Atlanta. There will sure be a lot of well known racers there.

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Before he graduated, Kenny already had his second car, a Chevy with a warmed-over Look down to the end of the whole thing. A few of the Road Kings toured nationally in the summer months, booking dates and making money across the eastern half of the country, but faithfully returned to California for the cold months. He was an outstanding mechanic, machinist and tuner.

Here’s another story a friend of mine sent me. Norm sponsorship deal and the car. Soon, Kenny and Gaide were looking at a pile of broken parts. Campaigning the successful Olds fueler was a large part of what made life so wonderful.

He drove every kind of race car, raced dirt bikes, built motors, built hot rods, raised a family.

He was a straight-up guy, who truly enjoyed driving and tuning a race car. He was a dedicated, loving husband to Carolyn safforv 50 years and a great dad to Kenny Jr.

It looked great but had problems. I had pulled his hub caps off and put them behind the tires.


Anything else I can help you with. They were buddies to the end.

Quick to Make Friends and Reach the Finish Line, Road King Kenny Safford was Drag-Racing Royalty

In anticipation of switching to an aluminum cylinder block, the chassis had been built with the engine mounted farther forward than it had been in the Challenger. Shark bit off some big numbers, and Kenny was rolling again. That was my last swfford outing. I saffodr forgive Kenny for crossing my wires on my funny car, when he went to Pomona with me, to make test runs with it. He went kejny to rest while Romeo built a new car. So the first Safford national tour was a success, and like his Road Kings buddies, he returned to California for the winter.

As the racing season got underway, Dyer was busy building a Pro Stock Hemi Colt while also making superchargers for pro drag racers as well as the street-machine contingent.

Kenny was working in the same shop, so I hooked up with him. It was our work, our social life, and our passion. Today, Kevin works for Strange Engineering and has been there for 37 years.

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It was a little patch of Funny Car heaven on the banks of Interstatejust 45 minutes from U. He was very inventive and had many skills. He had been successfully running fuel-fired Olds engines in a Fiat Coupe, but was anxious to see how well his motors could do in a digger, so the three joined forces with Ratican becoming an honorary Sour Sister, whether he liked it or not. Kfnny McClelland with be doing the honors for the Celebration of Life that night.


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She’s helping out with the plans for the double memorial. A broken clutch linkage had caused Kenny and Bowers to miss the call for the final round, and Don Garlits won the race with his brand-new, rear-engine car. Gary said yes, and Kenny became a Funny Car owner. It was a good season for the team, but Dyer was itching to get behind the wheel again, so Kenny soon found himself back in California, hanging out with his Road Kings buddies and without a clear plan for his drag racing future.

The car had to perform well, so Spar wanted Safford in the seat. Eventually, he recovered to the point where he could build racing engines for a whole host of Chicago area racers. Some birthday that was! More importantly, they were loyal to each other and forged bonds that would last a lifetime.