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Header builder Doug Thorley set the bar for fuel Funny Cars in 1967 with the introduction of his Exhibition Engineering–chassis, Gary Slusser--maintained, big-block Chevrolet-engined “Doug’s Headers Corvair.” This car was absolutely awesome and is unofficially listed as being the first Funny Car in drag racing history to break the 200-mph mark (201.00) at Lions Associated Drag Strip. Dismissed as “popcorn times” by East Coast FC racers, Thorley took the car on tour and Doug soundly trounced all comers at the 1967 US Nationals, including the factory Comets (Doug is shown here besting “Dyno Don” Nicholson’s “Eliminator II” Comet during a match race at Carlsbad Raceway), ultimately defeating cam grinder Joe Lunati and his Camaro on the final, recording a 7.64-192.00. Thorley’s efforts would also net him the Car Craft Magazine–sponsored All Star Drag Racing Team “Funny Car Driver of the Year” honors for 1967. Say what you want about Corvairs, this was one hell of a car!