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Adam-12 Goes Drag Racing, 1972

Posted October 07, 2015 9:30 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto famous cars tv

The title of episode 22 of season 4 of Adam-12 is "Who Won?" The short answer is, "We did!" as this episode is a must-see for muscle car fans. Officers Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord) try to help local car clubs with corny names-the Street Runners, Cam Busters and Valley Lifters-get drag racing off the streets and onto a track by, "putting together an association of car clubs and lining up a dragstrip," according to Malloy.

With a charter and proof of insurance coverage in hand, they approach the owner of Benson's Drag Strip, J. Benson (played by none other than Dick Clark), who first retorts, during a heated exchange with Spider Watson of the Valley Lifters car club, "I've got a business to run here, and I'm not going to jeopardize it so a bunch of wildcat hot rodders can drag once a week!" When calmer heads prevail, Benson reluctantly agrees to let the car clubs race at his track with the stipulation that no street racing continues in the surrounding area.

When classic TV and cars collide (with link to full episode).

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