Teaming up with engine builder and tuner, Tim Beebe, driver John Mulligan piloted the famed Beebe & Mulligan "Fighting Irish" green-striped fueler from 1967 until his untimely death weeks after he was injured in a first-round accident at the 1969 U.S. Nationals.
One of the most popular and skillful drivers in drag racing, the late John "the Zookeeper" Mulligan was not only fearless, but he possessed an uncanny ability to drop the clutch pedal and leave the starting line like no other. The Beebe & Mulligan team was consistently the quickest and fastest in 1967 and 1968, but had no wins under their belts.
Starting the 1969 season with a new Woody Gilmore car, Beebe & Mulligan used the 1969 Winternationals as their stage as they recorded their first and only NHRA National event victory. At the U.S. Nationals qualifying that year, "the Zookeeper" rocketed his Beebe-tuned dragster down the Indianapolis quarter mile with a 6.43 e.t. The run was more than two tenths quicker than the national record and stood for a year. Tragically, Mulligan was badly burned in a first-round accident and died weeks later from his injuries. The Beebe & Mulligan car held the NHRA speed record at 229.59 mph from September 1968 until July 1970.
Wrapped in a beautiful Tom Hanna body with George Cerney paint, "the
Fighting Irish" was powered by a 392 Chizler that was over bored
to a 398. Sid Waterman Racing Engines performed the machine work for
the engine. Your Thirteen-Twenty numbered replica of "the
Fighting Irish" dragster comes beautifully detailed with front
wings, simulated aluminum windshield, and even the Tony Nancy
signature sea horse on the seat pad. Only 5000 pieces were produced
and this is the fifth car in the "Fuelers" series.