Updated Jan. 7, 2010
As far as I know, this was the only 1970
While I am still researching more information on
the car, unfortunately, like so many funny cars of the era, the Super
From the November 1971 edition of Popular Hot Rod magazine comes the following:
"One of the most spectacular accidents in funny car racing occurred in the first round when Herm Lesmeister's Super442 went into a series of wild gyrations near the finish line, went off the track, climbed a telephone pole, flipped and came to rest right side up. Thanks to the Farkonas chassis, Herm received only minor injuries, but his $14,000 race car was completely destroyed."
This happened at the 1971 Popular Hot Rod meet at
US 131 Dragway in
Although the car was never rebuilt, parts of its
remains were used along with parts from the original Chi Town Hustler to build
the “Flite Master” Barracuda funny car.
The one off 1970
From Randy Nicholson comes the following:
the enclosed picture at
This photo is quite special because it is probably one of the last times that the Super 442 was photographed in this nice condition because later that Saturday evening is when I witnessed the accident.
I was 15 or 16 at the time and all I can remember about the crash is that I think it happened near the finish line on the spectator side (west side) of the track. We usually sat on the spectator side near the starting line so I couldn’t see too much of what was happening as everyone was standing in their bleacher seats straining to see. All I could see down there was the Funny Car going sideways and some sparks or fire. It was good to hear the announcer say that the driver was ok. I don’t remember seeing the car after the crash.
I probably snapped the picture of the Super 442 because it was the first Oldsmobile Funny Car I had ever seen, I always liked the color orange and my Dad drove my friends and I to the Drags in his 1967 Olds Cutlass. He drove Oldsmobile’s for a lot of years. The photo was taken with my little 126 camera and is the only picture I have of the Super 442.”
Thanks so very much for the picture and story Randy! If anybody else has any further information, photos, recollections, etc. regarding this car, I will gladly post anything you have to share about the Super442.
PLEASE contact Greg Rollin at Supercars Unlimited (days) or
ANY information would be greatly appreciated and as always, credit will be given for all photos and information.