Fairfield, Iowa: After his adventure with the Crosley, ‘Big Ed’ settled into the sedate life of fabricating ‘show’ roadsters and building custom drag cars. This is his final roadster, still owned and driven to shows by Ed & Nikki’s son, Darrin. It is powered by a 355 inch small block Chevy with Trick Flow Aluminum heads. The blower is a 250 B. & M. unit w/two 600 cfm Holley carbs. Nikki told me, “It will carry the front wheels out & take your breath away.”
During the winter of 1963, a substantial group from Tri State Dragway made the trek to Speed Weeks at Daytona Beach,Fla. Included in the armada was Ed Bruegge with the ‘Possum Chaser’. The A/G creation was not a show car, it was all business. However Ed and Jim Bucher always presented good looking cars and their Crosley was no exception; a good paint job, mag wheels, and professional lettering.
Into the pits at Daytona came a very crude, unfinished, ‘rat rod’ type of Crosley in black primer. Ed, who was always witty, walked over to the new car with the driver inside ready to run, and said, “I wonder what fuel they run this on, COAL?”
Eddyville Raceway, 1973: After a nine year hiatus from his days of dominating the action at Tri State Dragway, Bruegge built this small block Chevrolet Vega for Pro Stock competition at nearby Eddyville. The 355 cubic inch power plant was totally built by Ed at his shop. He won three titles at the Iowa 1/8 mile track.
Fairfield, Iowa, 2012, The Ed Bruegge Band: (L/R) Big Ed Bruegge, wife Nikki, and Jack Copeland. The group plays Classic Country Music at Senior Care Centers in Central Iowa. Three years ago, when I was trying to contact Ed, I kept running into the Ed Bruegge Band. Not him, I thought, but lo and behold it was the same drag racing super star, Ed Bruegge.