Professional drag racing’s most famous duo, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen will highlight the Goodguys 13th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 5-7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Both of the famous Funny Car stars will be on hand throughout the weekend to sign autographs, meet with fans and participate in a special meet & greet Q & A planned for Saturday, April 6th.
Prudhomme and McEwen are credited as being some of the first professional drag racers to bring major corporate funding to drag racing team sponsorship when they inked Mattel’s Hot Wheels to a multi-year deal in the 1960s, setting off drag racing’s greatest-ever rivalry. “Snake & Mongoose” toured together extensively in the 1960s and 70s match racing on the nations drag strips while gaining international stardom. Kids throughout the world can easily recall the scene as the loudspeaker would blare out “SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY and there would be Don “The Snake” Prudhomme in his earth shaking Barracuda facing- off with Tom “Mongoose” McEwen in his fire-spitting demon, the Duster in a best out of three match race.
A new major motion picture about their lives on tour together titled “Snake and Mongoose” (www.snakeandmongoosemovie.com) starring Jesse Williams as “Snake” and Richard Blake as “Mongoose” has finished filming and is in post-production. In Del Mar, fans will have the opportunity to pick up movie paraphernalia as well as Mongoose & Snake merchandise. Plans are being made to have both the Snake & Mongoose ramp trucks on hand as well as their respective funny cars.
“We’re ecstatic to have living legends Don Prudhomme and Tom McEwen at our Goodguys 13th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals,” said Goodguys President Marc Meadors. “As a 70s kid – I was a huge fan of their rivalry and had their posters on my wall. My dad would take me to Fremont Raceway to watch them do their thing. They were larger than life. They were a big, big deal and both are still going strong today. Bring your toys and collectibles to Del Mar to have them autographed! It’s gonna be a party for sure!”
The Goodguys 13th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals April 5-7 at the Del Mar Fairgounds features a full weekend of hot rodding including over 2,500 rods, customs, classics & tricked out trucks, plus vendor exhibits, Goodguys AutoCross & more!