Below are the pictures of how
the car once appeared 30+ years ago.
Hopefully in the near future I will have better details of each picture
as the information becomes available.
Photos contributed by Dick Venables, Steve Stephens & Rahn Tobler.
Above is a sheet of paper that Dick Venables kept up with
after each event
from the 1971 & 1972 season. Pretty impressive for 21 events and 14 wins.
After the Houma event and you can barely read it here, but the events are of
Houston, Baton Rouge & Oklahoma City and it shows that each of those events
were wins also. All of these events are of the car that is featured on this page.
The last recorded article of an event win of this car was in
April 1972 at Oklahoma City.
Not for sure exactly what type event this was as the article doesn't say. From published
articles and many hours of research this was last front engine car to win a IHRA event on
October 31, 1971. Steve Carbone won the last AHRA event in January of 1972 and the
last NHRA winner was Van Iderstine, Young & Marshall on August 6, 1972.
Racers defeated by Stephens & Venables
Childs & Albert
Published in "The Top Fuel Handbook" by Chris Martin.
This is the 1st paint scheme applied to the Lester Guillory
chassis it was painted
by Brian Hildebrand, it was pearl white with red & blue candy with the lettering
done in gold leaf. If you notice the cowl in front of the driver is not painted, due
to a clutch explosion.
Steve Stephens standing in the cockpit.
1971 World Finals
This begins the 2nd paint scheme of the car
done by the Paint Shack out of San Antonio, Texas.
Rahn Tobler on the right side
Rahn Tobler on the left
1972 Gator Nationals
1972 Gator Nationals not for sure if this is qualifying or
(Photo courtesy of Marvin Smith)
The Stephens & Venables crew in front of Dick's shop.
Looks like Steve is hard at work on something.