By NHRA.com (Whiteland, IN) -- Pro Stock icon Bob Glidden, one of the most dominant forces in the history of NHRA Drag Racing, died on Sunday. After barrel rolling six or seven times, Glidden crawled out of the rollcage and shrugged off the safety crew only to remove his fire jacket and place it over the intake manifold. He campaigned a series of 427 Fairlanes before switching to the more potent 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs in 1968. RIP. He won the first two races of 1975, beating Wayne Gapp, the guy he stole the title from in 1974 along the way. Additionally, Glidden drove three different cars in 1975 while winning this title including the old Pinto that he used to kick ass at the end of the year. HOULTON -- Robert (Bob) L. Glidden Sr., 83, died following a brief illness on Feb. 16, 2010, in a Bangor Hospital. "He was a true competitor who left a lasting legacy of excellence both on and off the track. By Douglas Herzog on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 1:08 PM. What would the cameras have seen? He was an American drag racer. Mr. Glidden. American drag racing legend Bob Glidden has died at age 73. He was retired from Pro Stock racing in 1997 and returned in 2010. He put his Probe in the winner's circle one more time, at the Fallnationals, for his 67th career victory. I was just standing there when he asked me if i wanted to help I was hesitant at first but my dad told me to go, so i went with him and he let me change a spark plug on his thunderbird. He also triumphed in Bowling Green Kentucky in the final of Division 3, where he was awarded an extra 400 points after setting a national e.t. When we started hiring outside people, it was really our downfall, admits Glidden. His potent and competitive Ford combination had been hit yet another time by the pounds-per-cubic inch parity regulators. As I wrap my mind around the fact that Bob has passed from this world, it\s important for me to say that he was much more than a legend he was my friend, he was my brother. Pro Stock icon Bob Glidden, one of the most dominant forces in the history of NHRA Drag Racing, died Sunday. He was 74 years old. NEVER HAPPENEDway back when he was running IHRA,Glidden refused to a teardown.Instead of justpumping a couple of cylinders,They wanted a complete teardown.Bob packed it upand left.He never raced IHRA after that >Unrelated to ProStock, but still Nitrous, Dale Armstrong was caught playing>around with it on Kenny's Funny cartalk about simplicityhe used one of>the two firebottles for the nitrous. Glidden spent much of his racing career in Ford cars, but he spent some time in a Plymouth Arrow and after retiring as a driver, he served as the crew chief for a few different teams, including the Mopar Pro Stock camp in the mid-2000s. Where Is Rusty Glidden Now . In a situation that would become all to familiar to him during his pro stock career, Glidden became such a focus of rules makers and fellow competitors that his car was torn down at every available opportunity. you erned it. After coming close in 1980, Shepherd succeeded in stripping Glidden of his title in 1981. And sadly,those memories of Bob Glidden and Christmas Day will now be of when he left us and this earth. Glidden died in Whiteland on December 17, 2017 of colorectal cancer at the age of 73. Glidden was beloved by his fans, more so in Johnson County than anywhere else. "NITRO498" wrote in messagenews:firstname.lastname@example.org Maybe i was told this because it sounded interesting to the person whotold me, but I do remember the vision of Bob wrapping the engine andhe has been a hero of mine ever since. When all was said and done, Glidden had tied Don Prudhomme for most national event wins in a season with seven, including five straight, and had broken the Pro Stock single-season record of six set by Jenkins in 1972. Bob Glidden (August 18, 1944 -December 17, 2017) was an American drag racer.He was born in Whiteland, Indiana.He retired from Pro Stock racing in 1997 and returned in 2010.. Glidden retired as the driver with the most wins in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history at that time (a feat recently topped by 16 time Funny Car champion John Force).He was the third most successful drag racer . Bob will be missed! I stretched the nose of the Thunderbird, smoothed out the bumpers, lengthened the hood, and added the scoop and wing. It was a harbinger of things to come. Well a month later he was at the Cajun Nationals and while it took him until Denver to win a race, he went on to win six of the last seven events of the year and he collected another NHRA championship. Bob Glidden's opinion on engine stands 11-02-2016, 10:44 AM. Bob Glidden Health . One of the baddest pro stockers to walk the planet. Bob graduated from Kennett High School in Conway, N.H. in 1945 and immediately joined the Army Air Corps where he served honorably until 1947. What did Bob Glidden die from? Im glad to have met him several times and saddened to know im not getting another chance in this life to meet him again. 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Lighter than the Ford and making scads of power through his genius as an engine man, Glidden did something that today seems thoroughly impossible. After battling illness, word spread across Facebook on Saturday that he had died, but that was refuted . At the Supernationals Gapp got one back on Glidden, beating him the finals. BOB Marley touched the lives of millions of fans through his reggae music. His final win was at the Mopar Parts Nationals in 1995. With that success he managed a second place finish in the standings behind the one and only Dyno Don Nicholson. record at the Supernationals, locking in the season victory. Other than a pressure cooling, I was wondering about this "pressurized block" thing too You want, I don't know, thats why I was asking you guys , sounded kinda stupid to me, what i think he mean's is the nitros was plumbed through the block to hide it, >what i think he mean's is the nitros was plumbed through the block to hide it, The Wayne County team did indeed get caught with NOS in their carsIt was, On Sat, 14 Jul 2001 09:01:49 -0700, "Ron Zeppin", << He got caught when one of the photo's of the car, Might be BSLike I said, I got it second hand, but the guy I got it from. Twelfth Night Act 1 Scene 3, Bob Glidden, American racing driver. Bob Glidden - Net Worth, Birthday, Biography, Place of Birth, Date of Birth, Age, Wiki, Facts and Family . The 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champion passed away on Sunday after being hospitalized earlier in the month for an undisclosed illness.. Danny at work aked me if i had heard the news and the answer was yes, my next words right or wrong was that really sux. Got his autograph on T Bird model of his car I made at the 85 Summernationals. Bob was among the best builders and drivers in the sport. [Bob] conceded that many of his competitors knew far more about the internal-combustion engine than he did, but none of them had his will to win. We didn't clinch the points title mathematically until just before [Indianapolis], but mentally, we felt that we had won the title right there in Englishtown.". He was surrounded by his loving family. Glidden also had a 42 round win streak, you now, because thats what the guy did. He did the same thing at all four of his divisional races. I took my 2 nephews, and he signed autograph for them and put him arms around them when we took pictures. A career Ford man, Glidden made a small comeback during the 2010 season, entering several races in a Pro Stock Mustang. A year ago, Billy Glidden found himself battered, bruised, and a bit stunned after making his first test hit of the 2017 season. It was restored by Bruce Weiss back in '1991. Hot Wheels SNAKE and Mongoose Front Engine Wild Wheelie Dragsters Sticker Small (#144935909952) n***f (2583) Past month. His last came in 1995 at Englishtown. Okay, Bob, its nearly 30 years later. A vengeance ride of a season the sport has never seen before or since. Photo courtesy of Pro Set Racing trading cards. Glidden was the number one qualifier AT EVERY RACE. MR. BOB GLIDDEN will be missed, what can you say when such great people pass? Played several Saturday morning basketball pickup games with Bob at the high school that school year, 1980-81. Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from EngineLabs, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE! Go Gliddens! The small-tire icon turned Pro Modified racer left the starting line at Orlando Speed World hard when his "tired" Mustang abruptly turned right and impacted the retaining wall before crossing the track where it struck the left retaining wall. He went on to work with Ford, developing engines for their NASCAR Winston Cup program. He did it all himself. The best that I could figure was that it probably had something to do with cylinder heads. The following year, Glidden broke through for his first NHRA national event victory, at the U.S. Nationals, where he paced the quickest-ever Pro Stock field with a 9.03 at a national record 152.54 mph and defeated fellow Ford racer Gapp in the final. I walk up to him and after a few minutes of chatting, i tell him the story of the the spark plug To my amazement, he remembered! Glidden showed up at the 1976 US Nationals in a Monza, much to the amazement of everyone. Bob, I love you my brother and I will see you again my friend. I watched Bob spend his life becoming the Legend, by simply doing what he loved to do. Brand New. Amazingly, Glidden won the title by the slimmest of margins that year over Lee Shepherd, his main rival and a man who would make life both interesting and difficult for Bob over the next half decade. For the first time in a long time, Glidden had his work cut out for him in 1980. "He was a true competitor who left a lasting legacy of excellence both on and off the track. LOL. With valuable sponsorship from Ed Martin Ford, where he worked as a line mechanic, Glidden became one of Division 3's most prolific winners before turning Pro in late 1972. NHRA'S 50 GREATEST DRIVERS -- NO. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Glidden family. Other accolades include back-to-back championships in 1974 and '75, three from '78-'80, and five championships in a row from 1985-'89. Flying the Ford banner nearly his whole career, Glidden had amassed 85 national event wins and at the time of his retirement and held the NHRA record for most wins. Glidden came out like the Incredible Hulk in 1985 and leveled everyone. The 10-time NHRA Pro Stock champion passed away on Sunday after being hospitalized earlier in the month for an undisclosed illness. All rights reserved. Gone were small blocks and weight breaks and in was a 500ci displacement rule and a 2,350b race weight. Surely will be missed by all who follow the sport. The 340 based small block in the Plymouth was a godsend for Glidden. By compare odysseus emotions with telemachus when they are reunitedcompare odysseus emotions with telemachus when they are reunited He was a 21-time IHRA winner, leading the tour with nine wins and 10 final-round appearances during his 1976 championship season. By Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Watching him kick all that GM ass in the 80\s was so fun to watch. Here's a list of highlights from Bob "Mad Dog" Glidden's career: Before going pro in 1972, Glidden had great success in different Ford Fairlanes and even more so in 427 Cobra Jet Mustangs with sponsorship from Ed Martin Ford. I started with a stock 92 Thunderbird SC kit and a Cutlass PS kit. Bob Glidden never drank his own Kool-Aid and he approached each and every of the hundreds of events he ran like a kind of desperate guy who had spent his lifes savings to take a shot at the big leagues and could literally not afford to fail. The car rolled six times but the funnycar roll cage surrounding him held together. That season, Glidden won seven national events, went undefeated in divisional competition, and earned the maximum number of points available at four national events by qualifying No. He won the last five in succession and reached the final 10 times. He was 73. But if EngineLabs is to be successful, our prying eyes and ears need to uncover at least a few of the latest and greatest tricks from the engine shops, the aftermarket and leading manufacturers. "Everyone in the NHRA community is saddened to learn. 1978 was a huge year for Glidden. If before reading this you weren't familiar with Bob Glidden, you've probably seen his epic crash in 1986 in at least one Top 10 crash montages. After a victory at the Mile-High Nationals in July that year, he went on to win six of the seven final races of the season. We have all seen the video of his famous wreck in Atlanta when wind caught a parachute sending his car hurtling into the guardrail. He finished second to Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins at the Supernationals in his new ride, his Pro Stock debut. The car made sickening rolls on top of the steel guardrail edge and while the damage was incredible, Glidden was ok. Kurt Johnson 5/20/94 Englishtown, N.J. 6.988 Darrell Alderman 8/5/94 Kent, Wash. 6.994 Warren Johnson 3/10/95 Houston, Texas 6.981, Bill Glidden 3/12/95 Houston, Texas 6.999, Scott Geoffrion 4/2/95 Gainesville, Fla. 6.985 Jim Yates 9/16/95 Reading, Pa. 6.999 Rickie Smith 5/18/96 Englishtown, N.J. 6.999 Jerry Eckman 8/3/96 Kent, Wash. 6.997 Mark Pawuk 10/26/96 Pomona, Calif. 6.993 Mike Edwards 10/27/96 Pomona, Calif. 6.995 Troy Coughlin 2/1/97 Pomona, Calif. 6.972 Steve Schmidt 3/7/97 Gainesville, Fla. 6.962 Bruce Allen 3/7/97 Gainesville, Fla. 6.978 Ray Franks 3/8/97 Gainesville, Fla. 6.997 George Marnell 3/8/97 Gainesville, Fla. 6.999 Mike Thomas 4/11/97 Commerce, Ga. 6.988, NITRO498 wrote in message. In the summer of 1978, Glidden embarked on one of the sport's legendary winning streaks that included nine straight national event victories and stretched a complete calendar year. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. Top Fuel teams will tear down their engines right in front of the spectators. He literally never lost a race he entered with it. NHRA fans received some sad news yesterday, as it was announced that Bob "Mad Dog" Glidden passed away at the age of 73. Glidden came out of retirement to drive occasionally through the 2010 season, and although never won again, he left a championship legacy. A self-taught mechanic who overhauled a broken family tractor at age 12 because he was the only person not working in the fields, he went onto a career as a Ford mechanic where he not only excelled in the garage but also in sportsman racing promoting the very dealership he worked for, Ed Martin Ford. Name Date Site E.T. In honor of the Glidden family after Bob's passing on Sunday, December 17, we respectfully chose to re-run this Richard Brady Remember When column from our September 2017 printed issue highlighting Brady's years visiting and photographing the many-time champion. God Speed kind sir. Hell, in anything that is impressive. I know that I have to hustle to win and that I have to go all out to afford to race.". In 1985, Glidden led the points chase from start to finish, winning five national events. One of the greatest drivers in Pro Stock history, Glidden won 85 events and 10 championships in his legendary career. 1989 is the last year that Glidden won a championship. Glidden, who left his job at Ed Martin Ford to concentrate on racing full time, runner-upped to Bill Jenkins at the season-ending Supernationals in his Pro Stock debut. He . In the late 1970s and especially from the 1980s through the mid-1990s, Glidden was the sport's biggest driver for much of his career before John Force became the most prolific racer in NHRA history in the late 1980s through today. Glidden, who amassed a record 16,035 points and lowered the national record to 8.59, fielded two winning cars that year: The first was his tried-and-true Ford Pinto that carried him to victories at the season-opening Winternationals and Cajun Nationals, and the second was his famed Ford Fairmont, with which he won the Summernationals and finished the season undefeated in national event competition. While the car did not perform to his standards at Indy, the point was made and while the 1976 season frustrated Glidden, it set the stage for a run that no one in the world of drag racing could have fathomed in the seasons to come. Thats why he quit. We didn't want to get out.". When we started hiring outside people, it was really our downfall. Hell I couldn't blame him a bit.
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