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In June 1967, Nickey-Sponsored Ron Colson Won Top Gas—Twice—at AHRA Grand National Drag Race Championships

In an echo of his days traveling with the NHRA Safety Safari, Petersen photographer Eric Rickman was on the road in the summer of 1967. One of his assignments was to cover the AHRA’s Grand National Drag Race Championships at Detroit Dragway for HOT ROD’s Aug. 1967 issue.

Rickman spotted some prerace publicity in a local newspaper that included an interview with Jim Tice, president of the AHRA. Under a headline that read, “AHRA Won’t Cater to Stars in Big Meet,” Tice took a less-than-veiled jab at his competition: “What we’re trying to do is return drag racing to the people, the guys who are willing to come out, race and take their chances.”

One of those guys was Ron Colson, whose Nickey Chevrolet–sponsored gas dragster, Stiletto, “set a new Detroit Dragway gas record on his off-the-trailer, one-and-only qualifying run of 8.00, 185 mph,” wrote Rickman. “Ron came on for a story book finish and the sportsmanship award from the crowd when he graciously reran and won the final race for Top Gas with Mark Pieri after the lights malfunctioned in Mark’s lane on the first run.”

There was a huge field of “some 300 stockers” at the race, cars that were “still at it hot and heavy in the background trying to work their way down to the final winners” when Rickman was shooting the champs of the fuel, gas, and Funny Car classes, including Colson, center, getting his award from AHRA Queen Vicki Hurley and Detroit Dragway’s chief Gil Kohn.

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