The year was 1974. The race was the AHRA Grand American Series, which attracted many of the top names in the sport, including Prudhomme, McCulloch, Capp and a variety of others. In the A/Funny Car class, Ken Veney was the star of the weekend, winning with a car he called Veney's Vega. Miss Firebird (left) helped present the trophy to Ken & Rona Veney (and crew chief Mike Hayton, right). Also pictured was AHRA president Jim Tice Sr., who attended the event. If you ever wondered why the Firebird staff to this day wears white pants, part of the reason comes from Tice who always thought it added a touch of class to any race day. Image by Rich Carlson.