Winged express Probably best known of the Fuel Altereds, the Marcellus & Borsch Winged Express was driven by Wild Willie Borsch. He earned the name honestly, usually driving one-handed while holding on to the body with the other. The huge wing mounted above the roll cage made the car look like the World of Outlaws had decided to go drag racing. This blown Chrysler-powered car was famous for sideways launches, crossing both lanes of the drag strip with Wild Willie never lifting. It was often said that it took Willie half a mile to go the length of the quartermile track. Willie once bumped out Don Garlits in qualifying for Top Eliminator at a major meet. The other dragster drivers told race officials that theyd pack their cars up and leave before theyd run side by side with Wild Willie. The Winged Express turned a 202.70mph with a 7.29-second elapsed time in 1968.
Pure Hell Rich Guascos Pure Hell was named as such because he had some temper issues. The car started out with a blown small-block Chevy but was soon fitted with a blown, 392ci Chrysler Hemi when Rich decided he needed more power to run with the Big Dogs. Dale The Snail Emery was the cars best-known driver, and it set speed and elapsed-time records up and down the Pacific coast. In August 1968, the car turned 208.8mph with a 7.68-second elapsed time.
Mondello & Matsubara Joe Mondello of Mondellos Porting Service and Sush Matsubara teamed up to build two Fiat Topolino Altereds. Precision Miniatures replicated the first car, which was often known as the Purple Car. Joe built the engine, and Sush built the car and handled the driving. Power came from a 427ci blown Chevy Rat Motor. Its best times were 200.88mph and a 7.25-second elapsed time.
Pure Heaven II Leon Fitzgerald, with his partners Richard Rockman and R.T. Reed, built this car in Orange County, California. Its name was a takeoff on Rich Guascos Pure Hell car, and they had occasions to race between Heaven and Hell. A 6-71 blown big-block Chevy Rat Motor powered the car. Fitzgerald was the primary driver, and Rockman took some turns at the wheel as well. Leon still owns this car, and its seen at the annual NHRA Cacklefest at Bakersfields Famoso Drag Strip. The rest of the time, the car is at the NHRA Museum at the Pomona Fairplex. The cars best performance was in the low 200s with 7.30 elapsed times.