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One of the fastest Chevy Powered Fuel Altereds, you could never count the Pure Heaven car out at ANY meet.

fitzgerald fiat

This is the earliest photo I can find of Leon's cars...off the cover of Hot Rod Parts Illustrated,
the Fitzgerald Racing Equipment Fiat, complete with small block Chevy power.

Leon's first Fiat at Pomona...

Photo © Bob Wagner

Dropping the chute at Pomona...

Photo © Bob Wagner

At Fontana Drag City, June 1965

Leon smoking the tires, not sure which track this is....

Photo © Bob Wagner

Pure Heaven 1

What would be called Pure Heaven 1...the Anaheim Speed Engineers Bantam.
This actually is the chassis and engine from the Fiat above, with a new fiberglass Bantam roadster body

Jere Alhadeff Photo ©

early Pure Heaven

One of the earliest shots I've been able to find of Pure Heaven II. The tonneau cover is still unpainted aluminum...Looks like Carlsbad here...

One thing that hasn't been mentioned...Leon's partners in the Pure Heaven II. R.T. Reed, and Richard Rockman.

Pure Heaven flat gettin' with the program!

Looks like Irwindale here, note that the early version of this car had the Moon tank parallel with the front axle.

The later version, the tank was turned so it faced frontwards.

Pure Heaven in '67

Pure Heaven Chute out

Well, once you get it going, you've got to stop it somehow...Still the early version here.

pure heaven wagner

Hazin' the hides at Irwindale.

Photo © Bob Wagner

Looks like Pomona...

Photo © Bob Wagner

Ready to go to the line...

Photo © Bob Wagner

The view that many other Fuel Altereds got real tired of...

Photo © Bob Wagner

One beautiful looking, and performing Rat Motor!

Photo © Bob Wagner

Pure Heaven III, at Suffolk Raceway

Eric Brooks Photo

pure heaven nite

Pure Heaven III again, night shot at OCIR

Pure Heaven 3 Pits

Looks like Mrs. Fitzgerald is keeping the wheels shiny here...Probably at Indy.

David Ray Photo

Pure Heaven Thompson

Pure Heaven 1970

Charles Gilchrist Photo © 1970

Pure Heaven 3

Photo by John Shanks,
Dave Hough Collection

Leon Fitzgerald and Art McLaren

Boiling the hides at Irwindale
Randy Green Collection

A color shot of the McLaren-Fitzgerlad Pure Heaven at OCIR

Photo © Auto Imagery

Pure Heaven Restore

Not sure where this is, or who's the shoe in this photo, but this is the rebuilt/reconstructed version
of Pure Heaven II, that ran in the late 80's and up into the mid 90's.

Now safely housed at the NHRA Museum in Pomona

A shot of a younger Leon Fitzgerald, around 1968

Randy Bradford Collection

Bob Nylander watches, as Rod Hynes climbs into the cockpit of the restored Pure Heaven...

Mark Gewertz Photo

"V for Victory"

Rod flashes the V as he sits in the restored Pure Heaven.

Mark Gewertz Photo

Bob Nylander, and Leon Fitzgerald pose with Pure Heaven at the 1985 Winternationals

Rod Hynes Photo
The Hynes Collection © 2000

Leon and Pure Heaven, 1985

Rod Hynes Photo
The Hynes Collection © 2000

Bob Nylander, Palmdale 1986

Rod Hynes Photo
The Hynes Collection © 2000

Bob Nylander, Palmdale 1986

Rod Hynes Photo
The Hynes Collection © 2000

Bob Nylander pulls the plugs on the Rat motor, while Howard Haight approaches, ready to cause mayhem...CHRR 2001.
Jim Sorenson Photo

Howard Haight and Leon Fitzgerald exchange pleasantries in the pits, California Hot Rod Reunion 2001
Jim Sorenson Photo

Howard Haight gets ready to help fire up Pure Heaven, California Hot Rod Reunion 2001
Jim Sorenson Photo

Howard Haight contemplates taking the old girl out for a spin
Jim Sorenson Photo

Dex Bradford tries to sneak up on Leon...
Jim Sorenson Photo

Two fuel altered veterans catching up on old times, Leon checks the valves, while Dex "Brad" Bradford (Bradford's Crank Fiat), tries to distract him.

Leon Fitzgerald gets a push start, just before taking on Pure Hell in an exhibition pass during the Cacklefest at the California Hot Rod Reunion in 2001.
Jim Sorenson Photo

Leon waves to the crowd, while being pushed back to the starting line after the exhibition pass...the push car? Art Chrisman and his 32 Ford Tudor...

Now, there's a 21st Century Pure Heaven thanks to Jeff Bennett (No Mercy), his son Chris and Leon.

This is the first car, a more modern chassis and body, plus it ran a Hemi, which Leon had never done.It also doubled as a Pure Heaven Camaro funny car.

State Capitol Raceway in Louisiana, 2010, I think.
Larry Crum photo

Then, they thought better...

All new chassis, and a Rat motor. Yay!

Leon takes a gander at the new piece...

It's a great day for fuel altereds!

Making tracks.
Dan Kaplan Photo

Jeff Bennet hard on the throttle at the 2014 March Meet.
Bob Brown Photo

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