Mike Fons Raced At Detroit Dragway
The 60’s were a great time for us hot rod lovers at Detroit Dragway. One of the drivers that raced at the Detroit Dragway was Mike Fons….
Mike Fons was one of the founding fathers of Pro Stock; he was one of the 16 qualifiers at the first Pro Stock national event, the 1970 Winternationals, and won the NHRA Pro Stock world championship in 1971. Fons was also a standout competitor in Modified eliminator, where he also won an NHRA crown in 1969.
Like many drag racers, Fons first became involved in street racing and was a member of the huge throng of hot rodding enthusiasts who gathered at Detroit’s legendary Woodward Avenue in the early to mid-1960s. “It was a social thing as much as anything else,” said Fons. “We did it only on weekends, maybe a couple of times a month.”
It was at Woodward Avenue where Fons became friends with Wally Booth, Dick Arons, Richard Maskin, Dave Kanners, Gordy Foust, and others who would go on to establish successful NHRA careers of their own. His rides at the time included a ’62 Chevy 409, ’62 Chevy 427 in 1965, and a ’57 Corvette in 1966 and 1967.
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Woodward Ave. in the 60’s was a great time & place for all things hot rod in the Detroit area.
Mike Racing at Detroit Dragway
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