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TV Tommy Ivo’s Showboat

In the early 1960s, TV Tommy Ivo and a small crew set out to build a four-wheel drive dragster with four Buick nailhead V8s. It was designed to be the fastest dragster in history, but the men had overlooked one crucial factor – traction. In its original incarnation, the car was called the “Showboat,” a nickname that was assigned by Hot Rod Magazine and secretly hated by Tommy. When the driver of the TV Tommy Ivo Showboat saw the lights go out and hit the gas, all four wheels would spin simultaneously, engulfing the car in a cloud of tire smoke as it launched down the 1/4 mile… read more >

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