Paul & Connie Henderson’s S&E Top Fueler will be at the Tucson Reunion this Saturday night!

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If you have ever looked behind the wheel of the push truck of a Steinegger & Eshenbaugh Top Fuel dragster or World Record holding Bonneville roadster, from the 1950’s to date, the face you saw was that of Paul Henderson.  Paul has been a friend of Larry Steinegger & Al Eshenbaugh since the 50’s (Larry was the best man at Paul & wife Connie’s wedding), drove dragsters briefly himself, and has been around drag racing for more years than he can remember.

In 2005 Larry and Paul decided to recreate the first Steinegger & Eshenbaugh dragster that ran in 1961-62.  Larry passed away before the car was completed and Paul hand crafted the car as an exact replica of the Chassis Research K-88 blown Chrysler engined car that S&E successfully campaigned.  The new car debuted as a runner at the 2009 California Hot Rod Reunion and has been a participant in the Cacklefest at the CHRR and a number of car shows and other events.

One of the most unique features of the car is the wrap on the body instead of paint.  The wrap is made up of scanned photographs and newspaper clippings of Steinegger & Eshenbaugh through the years.  It literally is a rolling history of S&E.

Paul’s wife Connie (who sadly passed away in 2013) was always a big part of Paul’s racing activities and the construction of this car.

The Henderson S&E Top Fueler will be among the historic race cars at the Tucson Dragway Reunion on May 17, 2014 at Southwestern International Raceway and will be a participant in the Nitro Blast.

Connie Henderson in the seat of the S&E TF Dragster

Connie Henderson in the seat of the S&E TF Dragster

The Henderson Dragster alongside Speed Sport

The Henderson Dragster alongside Speed Sport

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Paul in the seat at the California Hot Rod Reunion Cacklefest

Paul in the seat at the California Hot Rod Reunion Cacklefest

The S&E Top Fuel Dragsters

The S&E Top Fuel Dragsters

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The S&E K-88 racing Speed Sport back in the day

The S&E K-88 racing Speed Sport back in the day

Paul Henderson, John Becker, Larry Steinegger & Albert Eshenbaugh in the 60′s

"Period Correct" dragster, trailer, restored GMC tow vehicle, and wife Connie!

“Period Correct” dragster, hand built trailer, restored GMC tow vehicle, and wife Connie!

1957 NHRA Nationals Top Elimnator Buddy Sampson with Al Eshenbaugh in the seat

1957 NHRA Nationals Top Eliminator Buddy Sampson with 1958 Top Eliminator runner-up Al Eshenbaugh in the seat

 

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The 2013 Tucson Dragway Hot Rod Reunion

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