Who is Fred Goeske?
operates Design Deluxe Mfg., specializing in the manufacturing of
custom wheel adapters, repairing aluminum wheels including
modifications such as bolt patterns, center bores and chrome
During the 60's
and 70's, Fearless
Fred Goeske toured some truly unique drag racing
creations. He was the 1969 F/C National Record Holder with his
famous Fred Goeske Funny Car sponsored by the Plymouth Dealers
Association of Southern California. In the 60's and 70s, Fred was
a match car racer and campaigned with the Coca-Cola Cavalcade of Funny Cars,
putting on trend setting shows for the race fans.
Fred Goeske vs. Jungle Jim, Maple Grove, PA - 1971
Ever wonder what a rocket engine looked like that powered the likes of the Chicago Patrol, "Fearless Fred" Goeske who had the courage to drive one of these amazing cars? ...well here it is. Powered by the very toxic fuel known as hydrogen peroxide, these machines were fueled by a very explosive chemical that was capable of burning a hole right through your hand (or even the ground itself). Let's just say, it was really dangerous stuff. It helped propel cars into the 4-second zone at speeds over 300 miles per hour, during an era that saw no piston powered car even close to the 5's and well under 250 mph! No doubt about it, these dudes were just plain frightening to watch. They made one and one appearance at Firebird (during a late 70's Nightfire), eventually disappearing into drag racing history. Photo by Dick Porter