When you see a green striped digger idling its way to the starting line with its blown Chrysler whispering violently, a touch of flame from the headers and a bold, yet unobtrusive, Beebe and Mulligan logo outlined on the nose, hang loose . . . here comes the "baddest" in the land. Driver John Mulligan usually stages carefully and kind of quiet, if a fuel dragster can be quiet, and grabs a handful of brake; no noisy throttle winging to get the crowd's attention (the track announcer usually handles that). Then the spectators rise with a muffled roar: "Moe's gonna make a pass." The R's come up as the starting system counts down.As the lust yellow light fades, the clutch is released with vigor and the loud pedal firmly

mashed to the wood . . . the resulting charge at the timing lights is a sight to behold. The machine moves about 100 feet and starts to haze the tires. Flames rise three feet above the headers. The big chizler starts to sing in the mid-range and begins its top-end charge. Mulligan works the steering with little effort as he guides the fastest accelerating machine in the history of mankind to its target one quarter of a mile away, Approaching the lights the car is a green blur . . . and then silence. The motor cuts clean. The P. A. system crackles with the sound of an excited announcer. The spectators await reassurance of something they already know. Fast time and low e.t. . . . AGAIN. (continued on page 2)

1. John Mulligan applies the power to the M&H's as he sets fast time at the Nationals with a speed ot 233.76 mph. (top)

2. The pair that are responsible for the "Rail of the Year": Tim Beebe, left, and John Mulligan.

3. "Shucks, t'werent nuthin" is the attitude of Mulligan as he dons his "flower power" lid and strips off his fire suit after a six-second pass.


4. Parade time brings the crowd to their feet as the "quickest of them all" is pushed down in review. (below)

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Reprinted from the 8th Annual Edition of Hot Rod Magazine Yearbook

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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