Mecum Auctions 2012 Spring Classic Spotlight: 1982 Pontiac Trans Am “Pepsi Challenger” (Lot S182)

By Auto News Log • April 9th, 2012

Mecum Auctions 2012 Spring Classic Spotlight: 1982 Pontiac Trans Am “Pepsi Challenger” (Lot S182) – NHRA drag racing legend Don “The Snake” Prudhomme will offer the record breaking Trans Am “Pepsi Challenger” from his private collection

Truly one of the most historically significant automobiles in NHRA history, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme’s 1982 Pontiac Trans Am-bodied nitro Funny Car, the “Pepsi Challenger, rewrote drag racing history on two separate occasions during the 1982 NHRA season in an era when such NHRA champions as Kenny Bernstein, Raymond Beadle, and Frank Hawley were constantly put to the test by Prudhomme’s dominance.

On May 29, 1982 at the NHRA Cajun Nationals in Baton Rouge, LA, Prudhomme drove this car to the sport’s first 250 MPH Funny Car pass during qualifying, 250.00 MPH. And on September 4th at the 1982 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, IN—drag racing’s most prestigious event—Prudhomme ran an amazing 5.637-second elapsed time, which was nearly 2/10 of a second quicker than the existing national record, despite the fact the engine suffered considerable internal damage on the run. It is still considered the greatest single Funny Car pass in NHRA history.

Both of his spectacular runs were listed on the NHRA’s 60 Greatest Moments which were compiled in 2011 to commemorate the NHRA’s 60th anniversary. In 2001, Prudhomme, the first racer in NHRA history to win four consecutive Funny Car world championships (1975-1978), was chosen No. 3 on the list of the NHRA’s All-Time 50 Greatest Drivers.

Mecum Auctions will celebrate its Silver anniversary at Dana Mecum’s 25th Original Spring Classic Auction. More than 2,100 vehicles will cross the auction block May 15-20, 2012, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind.

Dana Mecum’s 25th Original Spring Classic Auction is open to the general public with tickets available at the gate for only $15. Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. Discovery’s Velocity Network will broadcast 32 hours of live coverage from the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more information, and to learn how to become a registered bidder go to http://www.mecum.com or call 262.275.5050.

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