Potato Bug in his dragster


Bikini Beach (1964): Frankie Avalon as Frankie’s British beat boy rival, ‘Potato Bug, climbing in or out of his Tommy Ivo dragster.

“Some of the best dragsters on the planet were gathered at Pomona Raceway for the many drag racing sequences in the movie. Feature cars are Stellings & Hampshire (Red Stamp Car), Greer, Black & Prudhomme and “TV Tommy” Ivo who not only did most of the driving but also supplied two cars – his Barnstormer and 4-engine Showboat. Other cars are the Smog Rat I – Airline Auto Sales, Don Garlits, Safford-Gaide-Ratican, The Frantic 4, The Surfers and more. The bottom line is that it’s 95 minutes of fun.” — We Did It For Love: Since 1998 the largest drag racing history and photo site on the planet. Take that, NY Times reviewer!

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