Decades of drag racing have resulted in countless rivalries on and off the track, but when it comes to household names and famous stories, the rivalry between racing legends Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen is hard to beat.
Rivals on the track and friends on the street, Prudhomme and McEwen have impacted many enthusiasts over the years in one way or another and continue to do so even today through their story and upcoming movie “Snake & Mongoose,” set to hit the silver screen this September. But before their Hollywood debut, the two legends are doing what they do best- commemorating their famous racing history at events like the Goodguys 13th Del Mar Nationals. Check out what they had to say about drag racing and their appearance at the early-April car show in the video above.
From Hot Wheels toys to vintage footage, the legend of The Snake and The Mongoose will live on forever and the two good ‘ole boys wouldn’t have it any other way. Car enthusiasts from a young age, the once professional racers are now retired but continue on with their true automotive passion.
When Goodguys caught up with the pair at the April Del Mar Nationals, they were full of laughs, stories and pride. Prudhomme discussed his acquisition of the Snake nickname and his previous auto shop experience with the crew, while McEwen talked marketing and distractions.
No matter how many years pass since The Snake and The Mongoose went head to head in NHRA competition, their story remains a highlight of the sport’s history. Then again, with a rivalry based in the good ‘ole days of drag racing, would you want it any other way?