From 1320 Inc. #TT1213. 1/24th scale. Revell's Pisano & Matsubara Chevrolet Vega NHRA Funny Car. The Pisano and Matsubara ’73 Vega “Flopper” was one of the most popular funny cars on the West Coast. Joe Pisano, owner of Venolia Pistons, and his brother Frank had campaigned a series of candy apple red race cars with Frank driving and master mechanic Joe doing the tuning. When Frank retired from driving duties, Joe offered the job to Sush Matsubara a super-talented AA/Fuel Altered pilot who had gained fame as the driver of the Mondello and Matsubara Rat-motored Fiat Topolino. Sush’s first Pisano Bros. ride was in their beautiful candy red Corvair funny car at OCIR. Sush totaled the car on his very first pass.Sush’s luck improved after that and in late 1972, Pisano & Matsubara began campaigning a ’73 Vega with primary sponsorship from Revell. This car differed from earlier Pisano cars in that it was painted a beautiful pearlescent yellow with red and white flamed panels on the top and sides. They chose John Buttera and Don Kirby to build the chassis and body……. Buttera fabricating the chassis and Kirby building and painting the Vega body. Ed Pink built the second-generation hemi with a Cragar blower drive, Mondello heads, Venolia pistons, Schiefer mag and Hilborn injection. The car ran on Goodyear slicks and was stopped with a Simpson drag ‘chute. It was fast, setting a national record at Long Beach by being the first funny car to break into the 6.40’s with a 6.49 e.t. This set is 100% complete including the enclosed BIO card.
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