Upon returning to the pits, engine builder Tim Beebe is quick to the task of preparing the green machine for another run just like the first. Mulligan removes the firesuit and replaces it with his ever-present flower hat and cigar as the anxious crowd gathers for a possible glance at something tricky or secret that makes this car run like no other; and also a possible congratulatory remark to the quickest and fastest man around. From the casual spectator Mulligan accepts their "good run . . . nice job" comments with the humility of a retiring locomotive engineer getting his gold watch send-off with an embarrassed, "No big deal!" To his friends and fellow racers his comments reflect only slightly less humility: "This old dog don't run half bad, does it?" in unison with a sort of embarrassed Teaberry shuffle.
   Tim Beebe, on the other hand, doesn't say anything. He just keeps busy. Sort of like a guy who has just been responsible for a successful, though impossible, space probe missile shot, and goes right into the next step toward the moon with nary a second breath. His attitude of concentration is much the same as a pool player who has just run a record number of balls in front of the best group of hustlers in the land and his only comment is.
"Rack the balls." It's downright unnerving.
   Tim and John race for a living - and it shows. Their race car and personal appearances are business like and professional. Their partnership, unlike most Southern California race partnerships, evolved slowly. It wasn't a case of one having the car and the other the motor and their just deciding to go racing. It came about overa long period of time that involved many race cars.

   Tim says he's been around racing all his 26 years, and since his dad was a charter member of the California Roadster Association founded in the '30's, I'd say he's right. Tim started out like most racers with a "warm" street machine which quickly gave way to some gassers like a '37 and a '57 Chevy.
   After a short stint with the gasser Tim and his brother Dave, along with Lee Sixt and Mulligan put together a pair of altereds . . . one Fiat coupe and one Bantam roadster, both Chevy powered. With both cars sponsored by the J&S Speed Center in Westminster, brother Dave Beebe drove the Beebe Brothers and Sixt roadster while Mulligan drove the hard-charging Fiat. While the altereds were showing their best form.

1. As you can see, Mulligan had Garlits covered at the Springnationals only to have a vibration set in and force him into the runner-up spot.

2. I suppose an awful lot goes through your mind as you step into the fastest machine on earth. Moe stays cool.

3. Moe chats with the man he replaced, Dave Beebe. Dave handed over the driving chores to Mulligan as he was unable to travel too far from home.

4. Tim Beebe takes all precautions to see that his machine is as safe and as fast as possible which includes seeing to it that his driver is strapped in tight.

   Mulligan was also handling the "Long Shot" Fuel dragster of Ward and Wayre. With Glen Ward deciding to retire alter a time. Jack Wayre picked up the services of ace motor man Gene Adams as "Wrench." The team of Adams - Wayre and Mulligan became the first to break into the sixes at Carlsbad in 1966 with a super strong 6.95.

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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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