Tim BeebeTim Beebe was first introduced to the world of racing by his father Merrill Beebe who was racing midgets and sprint cars at the local circle tracks. Tim’s first car was a 53 Olds that he started modifying and taking to the local drag races. Even while he was drag racing the Olds, Tim felt a strong loyalty to circle track racing because of his dad but it was easier for him to go drag racing so that is where he stayed. The Olds was followed by a modified ’56 Chevy that Tim raced with some success.

Tim’s first step become involved with the highly modified part of drag racing came when he teamed up with Frank Fedak on an Altered Fiat powered by Tim’s blown and carbureted small block Chevy engine and driven by John Mulligan. The car was a class contender from the very beginning and paved the way for his future success. Next came an Altered Bantam Roadster powered by the Chevy engine out of the Fiat and driven by his brother, Dave Beebe. Like he Fiat, the Bantam was very competitive but like all racers, Tim wanted to go quicker and faster go he made the move to AA/Fuel Dragsters.

In the mid sixties, Tim decided to become a full-time race car mechanic/crew chief/owner and teamed up with his brother Dave and Lee Sixt on the highly successful Beebe Brothers and Sixt Top Fuel Dragster with Dave doing the driving.

In 1967, Dave Beebe decided he was just too busy to continue driving and suggested that their neighbor, John Mulligan take over the driving chores. Tim and John both liked the idea and soon he now legendary Beebe and Mulligan AA/FD team was born. Tim and John were soon on tour with the car and are still counted among the original touring pros of drag racing. At the 1969 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, the Beebe and Mulligan car beat Don Prudhomme in the final round to win the event. Later that year, Tim and John ran two-tenth of a second quicker than the rest of the entire field at the NHRA Nationals in Indy to set a new E.T. record at 6.43 seconds. Unfortunately, in the first round of eliminations there was a fiery crash in which John lost his life and the car was destroyed.

The following year Tim and Dave built the Beebe Brothers AA/FC and spent the entire season racing locally in Southern California. At the last points race at Orange County Raceway they set a new NHRA Elapsed Time record and secured an invitation to the 1970 World Finals. In 1971 Tim built the “Fighting Irish” Funny Car, hired Dick Roseberg as his driver and again became a touring pro. 1973 saw Tim back in the AA/FD wars when he teamed up with Jim Murphy to run a rear engine Top Fuel dragster. The highlight of the 1974 season for the pair was winning the UDRA Championship. In 1975 Tim decided to retire from racing and moved to Porterville, California where he went to work at B & J Transmissions that at that time, was building one of the more successful automatic transmissions used in drag racing. After as short time at B & J, Tim opened B & B Transmissions “down the road a piece” but still in Porterville and has built it into a very successful business.

Tim came out of retirement in 2001 when he rejoined Jim Murphy as crew chief for Jim’s WW2 Racing effort in the nostalgia Top Fuel wars. With Tim as crew chief, the WW2 Racing team has managed to chalk up a number of event wins, run a record top seed of 256 mph and set the E.T. record at 5.71 seconds. It also won the VRA Fuel & Gas Championship in 2004. among his other awards and records, Tim won the Car Craft Magazine Top Fuel Dragster Crew Chief of the Year award in both 1969 and 1970.

Courtesy of: Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing Inc.

Always a Bridesmaid  ||  AA Fabulous  || The Fleeting Irish 
 Salute to the Top Rail  ||  Baddest of the Bad  ||  Wounded Elephant 
Beebe & Mulligan 1968  ||  Beebe & Mulligan 1969 
Mulligan - Early Years  ||  Mulligan - NHRA  ||  Tim Beebe
Lubriplate Ad  ||  Blast from the Past

Reproduction  ||  2000 Debut  ||  First Fire-up  ||  2001 Paint & Present 
Oldies Honored  ||  2004 CHRR  ||  2005 CHRR  ||  2006 CHRR  ||  Fan Mail
Beebe & Mulligan 2007 CHRR Video

Beebe & Mulligan at 2008 Goodwood Festival of Speed


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