Even back when the AMT Double Dragster was initially released I wondered about the side-by-side dragster's inspiration. Today I came across this dragster of Dode Martin
At the end of the 50's and into the 60's twin engine dragsters were the dominant force in top eliminator drag racing, the preferred solution to the kinds of power to weight ratios that had dragsters knocking on the door of sub-8 and 200+ mph performance. If you're interested ion these things, check out a astic website, Two-To-Go, which is all about this golden era in early drag racing: TwoToGo.com
The AMT Double Dragster kit, in its side-by-side configuration, with the twin Chevy small blocks is clearly based on the Dragmaster TwoThing, even if it lacks the 3-point hoop style cage. There were many more, the most successful perhaps being the fearsome Howard Cams Twin Bear, the 1961 NHRA National Champion, shown here:
If you want to know more about Dode Martin and Jim "Jazzy" Nelson and their highly successful dragster frame building and kit company, Dragmaster, check out this blog entirely dedicated to them and their work: dragmaster.blogspot.com
There was a time when Dragmaster chassis were ubiquitous at every drag meet in the country, populating fields in virtually every class of rail-type drag racing. Perhaps the most succesful runner of Dragmaster frames was the inventive genius of early drag racing, Lew Russell "Sneaky Pete" Robinson, winner of the 1961 NHRA Nationals in his feather light small block Chevy giant killer which put away all the twin engine monsters that year, changing top eliminator drag racing forever and ushering in the new generation of ultra simple, lightweight California style diggers.