1963 NHRA Winternationals

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The 1963 NHRA Winternationals (commonly known as the Winternats) were a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racing event, held at Auto Club Raceway, Pomona, California on 17 February.[1]


Jack Williams' new slingshot streamliner Scuderia made her debut at this year's Winternats, in Top Gas. She also won the "Best Appearing" award.[2]


Top Fuel[edit]

In the Top Fuel Dragster (TF/D) final round, Don Garlits (not yet nicknamed "Big Daddy") defeated Art Malone.[3]


Top Gas[edit]

Scuderia made her debut, recording a best pass of 8.83 seconds at 169.17 mph (272.25 km/h) with Ron Lowe at the wheel, before mechanical trouble sidelined her.[4]

The class win went to Bob Muravez (in the John Peters-owned car) over Connie Kalitta.[5]

Competition Eliminator[edit]

Tony Nancy took the win in Comp Eliminator, defeating Jerry Hardick.[6]

Middle Eliminator[edit]

Doug "Cookie" Cook claimed Middle Eliminator in his Oldsmobile-engined Willys, over Jim Dunn.[7]

Junior Eliminator[edit]

Junior Eliminator was won by Hugh Tucker, winner of Little Eliminator at Pomona in 1962, over Bob Culbert.[8]

Little Eliminator[edit]

Charlie Smith was defeated by Dick Bourgeois in Little Eliminator.[9]

Super Stock[edit]


In Stock Eliminator, Al Eckstrand in a 1963 Dodge defeated Bill Shirey in a 1963 Plymouth.[10]


  1. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 20 September 2018)
  2. ^ Taylor, Thom. "Jack Williams-Ron Lowe Syndicate Scuderia Dragster", in "Beauty Beyond the Twilight Zone", p. 42.
  3. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 18 November 2018)
  4. ^ Taylor, p. 42.
  5. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 3 October 2018)
  6. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 3 October 2018)
  7. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 3 October 2018)
  8. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 3 October 2018)
  9. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 3 October 2018)
  10. ^ Ultimateracinghistory (retrieved 3 October 2018)