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The undisputed world champion of Mercury drag racing.

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Dyno Don with his 68 Cougar "Eliminator", the car and nickname that inspired Mercury to build Eliminators as a factory performance option. Question: In 1961 and 1962, Dyno Don won the Winternationals in Pomona Calif. driving a factory-backed Chevy 409. Did these victories inspire the Beach Boys hit record "409"? Methinks so.

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A classic A/FX match up between Dyno Don's 1965 Mercury Comet and the Stark-Hickey Ford Mustang. The radically altered wheelbases of the Dodge A/FX cars made them look "funny." Soon, everyone was altering their wheelbases and fans were calling them "funny cars."

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Don's pro stock Mercury Comet bending the slicks.

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Dyno Don's 1965 A/FX Mercury Comet.

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Peering over the hood of his 1967 Mercury Cyclone at Lions.

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Stylish, cool and dangerous, Dyno Don was the James Bond of the race track. Well, he was to me anyway.

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Dyno Don in a Pinto? Feather light body plus gobs of horsepower equalled many victories over the similarly set-up Chevy Vegas of the time

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Dyno Don's Mustang II pro stock car. I used to imagine myself driving this car...

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Don with his Ford Fairmont pro stock car. Not as interesting as a Pinto but, what the heck, any port in a storm.

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The pro stock Mercury Comet.

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Whether in a Mercury or a Ford, Dyno Don was the greatest...

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The Car Craft magazine Coca Cola "Thirst Eliminator." I can't imagine a cooler paint job.