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1974 CJ-5 Ice Racer Commerce City, CO $7000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

Looks like a fun rig.

“Serious buyers only please. Comes with 3 sets of tires. Bolts studs and bare rubber. Sold with no motor but will negotiate.”

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2015 Drag Race Jeep Marysville, OH $8000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

Sounds like this was used by the owners daughters.

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“Junior Jeep Funny Car. Tig welded chromoly chassis by Hartman Racing and Fabrication Aluminum Jeep funny car style body (Currently wrapped, but painted blue underneath) Carbon fiber funny car seat 700cc 2 cylinder/2 stroke Arctic Cat snowmobile engine (stock) Wilwood disc brake Stiletto dragster rack and pinion steering Ellington Chassis and Machining billet spindles Skat Trak rear paddles on DWT wheels Direct Drive spindle mount wheels with 2 sets of tires for the front (knobby and smoothies) Remote Start with Lithium battery Will fit a driver up to about 5’4″ without changing the cage. 17″ shoulder hoop I will include any extra parts I have along with the remote starter. Best ETs: 4.99 @ Brookville 5.18 @ Cleves 5.3X @ Silverback (can throttle stop for the 5.50 limit)”

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1947 Race Jeep Visalia, Ca $22,500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , .

Good looking build.

“Sand drag/dune jeep , full fiberglass body , 4 bolt main 468 , bbc 13.5 to 1 , JE pistons ,6.135 H beam rods , 4340 eagle steel crankshaft, dart pro 1 aluminum heads , solid roller cam , roller rockers stud girdles , 1050 dominator carb on e-85 by mark sullen ,fogger nitrous system , power glide transmission with break. 5300 convter , biondo racing electric shifter , msd 7Al 3 ignition box , hvc black coil , pro billet distributor , magna fuel pro star 500 pump , magna fuel regulator for motor and nitrous , dana 60 rear end with spool , 4 link front and rear , 15×18 wheels with 20.00 rear paddles , desart tracks 12.00 on front , crow harnesses , kirkey aluminum seats , jeep is very easy to drive great bracket car/ dune jeep, call for more information and details”

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Drag Jeep Visalia, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $21,000.

Looks race ready.

“Sand jeep , has aluminum head 383 ,13.3 to 1 compression , all roller , billet 4 bolt main block , Callie crankshaft , and rods , forged pistons , cohen power glide transmission with trans break , 5000 stall , dana 60 rear end , full polished bead lock wheels , rear has like new comp cut 20.00 paddles aluminum radiator , electric water pump , power rack and pinion , all new fox shocks , new paint , heated suspension seats , auto meter gauges , 4 wheel disk breaks , great dune jeep and go racing anytime , runs 4.5 on the track very easy to drive”

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Sand Drag Racer Lawrenceburg, IN $11,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

This looks fast.

“331 ci 18deg sbc sheet metal intake makes good power. Power glide 7” converter quick change rear end. Wheelie bar is Bare chromoly. Located in bright indiana. 3.90-4.0 jeep.”

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Year? Drag Jeep Stayton, OR $6000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: , , .

This drag jeep has a fiberglass Bobcat body.

“Nice drag car with slicks and paddles. Well built sounds awesome. There’s been alot of money and time put into this ride. Has a built 350 with th400 narrowed 9″ rear B&M shifter to much to list. If you look at it you’ll buy it. 6000 or offer.”

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1948 CJ-2A Isanti, MN $2500

• CATEGORIES: CJ-2A, Racing • TAGS: .

This is an ex-racer.

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“Jeep Sand / Mud Drag Racer 4 X 4 – NO ENGINE Old School Jeep Sand / Mud Dragger from the late 80’s $2500 / open to offers or trade for AMC stuff. NO TITLE for this rig, it was special built for off road use only. This was last raced in about 1991. Transfer case broke and the Jeep has sat in the barn since. I have many more pictures that I can send to a serious buyer. Complete minus the engine. Set up for small block Chevy. TF 727 Trans with manual clutch conversion kit. (no torque convertor) Ford 9″ rear with 5.88 gears (approximate) Dana 20 transfer case that the case is broke but comes with another transfer case. Comes with the tires and rims, but obviously the tires are no good due to age/rot.”

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1947 Sand Drag Jeep Portland, OR $20,000

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , , , .

this appears to have a later-generation bobcat fiberglass body.

“New aluminum floors new roll cage all new motor fired one time 215 dirt aluminum heads Crower 675 lift 282 duration solid lifter cam crawler roller rockers crowder rods 11 to one Keith Black pop-up Pistons all the goodies all new 588 Ford 9-in posi rear end all new brakes new gauges ready to go very fast”

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PNW Race Jeep Spanaway, WA $6500


UPDATE: Still Available.

(08/14/2023) This racer lacks an engine.

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“PNW Race jeep Less engine, T350 multi case, 4k stall Art carr shifter, Dana 20 tc, Dana 44 F/R 4:10, Chevy Tahoe long springs on all 4 corners, Beadlock wheels, Co-op front, Desert Dogs rear, Beard seats, Auto Meter gauges, MSD ign box and mallory coil under dash, Full body not chopped up, Suspension and cage professionally done by Dan S. Rides nice with the long springs, Custom copper core radiator, headers with super traps Add a SBC and be racing in a couple of hours or LS it, I do have a complete 12:1 355 with some nice parts in it, that has a crack in the side from freezing and another 4 bolt block that can go with it for”

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Sand Drag Jeep Body Gales Creek, OR $400

• CATEGORIES: Body Parts, Parts, Racing • TAGS: .

Not easy to find these, but not much demand either. Seems a good price.

“Center seat sand drag body and Jeep bare frame , older lightened Jeep frame ladder bar and spring mounts . Nothing but body and frame . 400 or maybe trade for small dirt bike”

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Sand Drag Jeep Scio, OR $6000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , .

It appears to have a Bobcat fiberglass body.

“Sbc 350 with turbo 400 ready to race I built it to run at the Sand drags but I ended up getting a new side by side instead I don’t know much about the motor or trans but I do know it was impressive anyway Im mainly looking for cash to pay off some unexpected bills so I guess I’m not keeping it as a back up toy”

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1952 Sand Jeep Carlton, OR $4000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: , .

Lacks an engine, but still may be worth a look.

“1952 Willy’s flat fender sand jeep selling it as a Roller, which means No Motor so don’t ask if it runs. Has a built power glide trans shifts firm with no hesitation. All gauges work, all the switches on the switch panel work. Will come with the electric water pump and fender well headers for your motor. Is set up for a Small Block Chevy. If you have any more questions please message me if your interested. Do not have a title will provide bill of sale”

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1972? Mud Racer Clatskanie, OR $1500

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available.

(06/17/2023) I have no idea what these mud racer chassis are worth.

“One of the top mud racing chassis around. 8 3/4 Chrysler rear end with a strange spool. With 4.56 gears and 35 spline axles. With special chain drive transfer case and Dana 44 frt diff.Set up for Chevorlet. Serious inquiries only please. Cash only”

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Testing Out the Complete Race Jeep

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: .

“Leftovers” with the mocked up name. I don’t like the angled bracket I made at the step. I may just got with two bolts and two washer to keep the body in place rather than the bracket.

Yesterday, I attached the remaining netting, roof, and body parts to the race jeep, only to discover I needed to cut a couple small parts from the floor that were too wide for the body (nothing a quick sawz-it-all couldn’t fix).

The hood requires four bolts to attach it, as I need to make sure it stays secure. Five additional bumpers help keep the hood in place.

It’s hard to test the speed on these short jaunts. I really don’t want to tear up the grass too much. In addition, I don’t have it in four wheel drive, again so I don’t tear up the grass too much. The next time I test it, I will wear ear plugs, because when you hit the gas, it gets loud in the cockpit!

Now it’s time for some helmet shopping!

Some additional pics:

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Sand Drag Jeep Salem, OH $10,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

The Grinch sounds turnkey.

“Ready to race needs nothing 358 small block Chevy With 350 Turbo transmission With a transbrake I don’t need to sell it I just have not had time to get it out The only possible trade I Would even be interested that you would be a side by side”

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Photos from the 1970 Ridge Runners Jeep Race

• CATEGORIES: Features, Racing • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: Tom just shared this Google view of how the site looks now. The indents of the oval track can still be seen. He added, “The Pin is in the center of the Mud Race Track. The camp ground is in the trees on the right. The view is looking south



Tom shared these images from the 1970 Ridge Runners Jeep Race. There’s a couple video clips of the 1977 race just below this one.

Tom added a few historical details I didn’t know, “the Ridge runners had a camp ground on the south side of Ahtanum Creek about half way between Wiley City and Tampico. They rented the land from a guy whose last name was Herkey. The Mud races were held there every Memorial day weekend. You had to ford the creek to get there.”

The pack hits the first water hole

Notes: The pack hits the first water hole

The leaders plow through the mud and another splashes in

The leaders plow through the mud and another splashes.

Plowing through the mud

Plowing through the mud

2 jeeps drowned out

2 jeeps drowned out

Spectators on the hill sitting on their jeeps

Spectators on the hill sitting on their jeeps


Spectators on the hill

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Videos — The 1977 Yakima Mud Race Yakima, Wa

• CATEGORIES: Racing, videos • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: I haven’t recycled this point since 2009, so many might not have seen it.


Originally posted Feb 26, 2009: This is another set of excerpts from an episode of Exploration Northwest called ‘Mud Race’. As I reported in the post about the Meeker, aka Naches, Trail post, Linda McCune from the Don McCune Library kindly has given me permission to provide some clips from the Jeeping1 DVD, a collection of 3 episodes of Exploration Northwest related to pacific northwest jeeping. To order this DVD, you can contact Linda McCune at 206 726-2650 and ask for the Jeeping1 DVD.  It costs $24.95.  I encourage you to purchase is as she has the video for a Jeeping2 DVD, but has not created it yet.

The race was sponsored by the Yakima Jeep Jockeys, a club formed in 1963. They began their 4×4 Championship Racing series in 1971.

The Mud Bowl episode was shown in 1977.  Mostly, it follows Jim Merritt as he prepares for the race, discussing a little about how they silicone various items to keep out water.  Plenty of video showing different stages of the race.  It’s a bit reminiscent of the Florida swamp races, though the water holes aren’t quite as deep or long (If you have never heard of it, you can read about the Florida swamp races at four wheeler’s online magazine and here’s a you tube video from a 1996 race).

From the Mud Race episode, I selected two clips.  Clip one shows Jim getting ready to race and shows the driver’s pre-race meeting.  The second clip shows the final race with Bill Smith from Tacoma taking the win.

Here’s Clip One:

Here’s Clip Two:

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Jeep Yakima Rodeo March 1959 issue of Modern Man

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping, Racing

UPDATE: This post originally appeared September 28, 2013:

It’s a dirty business, but hunting down jeep stories takes me through all types of content. In this case, I had to search through several pages of bare female breasts and bodies until I found this story about a Yakima Jeep Rodeo from the March 1959 issue of Modern Man. I can report that accompanying the enthusiastic models were several other interesting stories . . .

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1980 Race Jeep Eatonville, WA $15,000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: .

Lots of custom work on this modified racer.

” have a race jeep forsale 13.5 to 1 400 small block chevy turbo 350 and a direct drive transfer case 14 bolt rear dana 60 front 4 10 gears nitro gear drive limited slip 35 spline nitro outer drive slugs steer brake coil overs 4 link front and rear hydro steering air bumps in the rear dirtylife beadlock wheels might trade for sxs”

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PNW Race Jeep Maple Valley, WA $8000

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , .

Narrow body racer with 6 extra desert dogs.

“Pnw race jeep for sale. One piece fiberglass body, 355 sbc,4 speed, dana 44s front and rear,6 extra desert dogs, this jeep is turn key and is a competitive short 8 jeep. My back doctor says no more racing. Very fun at the sand dunes also. I hate to sell it!”

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Race Jeep Silverton, OR $2000


This will need a bit of work before it races again.

“NO TITLE PROJECT!! I got was I was told is a 1952 CJ. Was setup for barrel racing until the previous owners started making modifications to make it a straight track drag jeep. I got it thinking I’d have the time to get to it but I don’t. I have the transmission for it, axles are there, only have the front tires now.( no rear tires ) cage I’d there but not mounted. Missing the steering rod. Other than that I don’t know much on it. NO TITLE!! Mainly interested in trades for a quad or dirtbike.”


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1954 Sand Drag Jeep Roseburg, OR $5000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, Racing • TAGS: .

Looks fun for the dunes.

“Sand drag jeep Built small block 327 13-1 compression 110 only Power glide Trans Ready do go , Has a few things that could be fixed Have alot of other small block parts and 2 engines with run stand , enough to build another good motor will ad pics later wanting 6500 for jeep and all parts , don’t have time to answer questions on messenger My number is 541 430 14zero3”

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1976 CJ-5 Race Jeep Festus, MO $8500

• CATEGORIES: CJ5, Racing • TAGS: .

Seems a pretty good price for a race-ready rig.

“Ready to race, complete w/ 6.0L Built Turbo 400 BigShot plate consistent 4.40’s in 300′ comes with Paddle Tires only no Boggers”

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Bobcat Racing Shell Roy, WA $1200

• CATEGORIES: Racing • TAGS: , , .

I could really use that tail gate … hmmm

“Willys jeep bobcat fiberglass body”


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1965 DJ-5 Drag Jeep Flint, MI $25,000

• CATEGORIES: DJ-3A, Jeep Rods, Racing • TAGS: .

UPDATE: Still Available. The owner made some stylistic changes since this was last listed.

I thought I had listed this previously, but I can’t find it.

“Extended frame.468BB 177 procharger . New th350 . 9″ 410 posi .new brakes,tall shifter,carpet,door panels,u joints,tires, ect..turnkey w/build folder and clear title”

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