The Green Monsters are some of the most unique cars in the history of drag racing. Monster #5, originally built and campaigned in the late 1950’s by the Arfons brothers of Akron, Ohio, and powered by a 1710 cubic inch, V-12, supercharged Allison aircraft engine, will be at the 2014 Tucson Dragway Reunion.
Green Monster #5 raced in the first five NHRA Nationals and competed all over the United States as part of the Arfons team that is credited as being the first member of the NHRA 150 mph club, the first cars to have parachutes at a national event, and the first integrated roll cages. The Monster’s engine, which came out of a World War II fighter plane, develops 2,000 horsepower and needs dual slicks just to hold it to the pavement.
In the early 1960’s brothers Art and Walt Arfons each held the World Land Speed record at Bonneville several times. Walt is credited with building the first jet powered dragster.
The Green Monster #5 has a real Tucson history. It was purchased by Tucsonan Charlie Hall in 1959, raced some by him, and then went into cold storage for decades. In 2009 local drag racer Jon Rowley and his wife Peggy acquired the Monster and carefully restored it to its prior glory. The Monster is a star at major automotive events and nostalgia drag races throughout the United States.
Tucson’s own Speed Sport Roadster amd the Green Monster raced each other in the 1950′s and traded the title of the fastest car in drag racing back and forth. Don’t be surprised if you see the Monster and Speed Sport pull to the starting line together at the Tucson Dragway Reunion this May 17th!