2021 Hot Rod Reunion. Driver, Julius Hughes III and the Zot VI Top Fuel Front Engine Drag Race Team takes 7th position in the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion Race. The qualifying run is the best time and speed the car has to date; 6.04 at 251mph.
2021 at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion Race. The team is waiting in the staging lanes for their turn to qualify for a position in the race. Team photographer Toby Denham second from left.
June 2021 at Hot Rod Reunion. The team prepares at pit for qualifying position in race.
Skyler Hawkins, Kevin Klammer, Julius Hughes Justin Cruce, and Brandon Linn
The Zot VI Race Team succeeded in a complete engine & car build for their Top Fuel Front Engine Dragster from painted frame to Race Ready, Set, Go in five weeks! Incredible accomplishment b/c it happened outside of regular work hours at the shop.
Engine build by Atlanta Speed Shop through a partnership between Julius Hughes III and Shane Beaty in 2006. The chassis is a 1999 Horton 200". The engine was built from parts left over from Zot IV and the Zot Fish Funny Car that had been saved for 35 years!
Car purchased from Tommy Ivo in 1970. Engine build by Atlanta Speed Shop. The car was last raced by Julius Hughes, Jr @ Pomona in 1971 and was destroyed later in the year with Don Dixon driving the car @ Miami-Hollywood Speedway. Don Dixon was the Head Machinist for Atlanta Speed Shop from 1970-1987.
Engine build by Atlanta Speed Shop through a partnership between Julius Hughes, Jr, Frank Brumby and Harold Springs. It was a Woody Gilmore "Top Fuel" dragster. The car won the 1965 Division 2 NHRA Points Championship with a small block on 50% nitro.
This Roadster was built in 1963 with a Dragmaster chassis and Small Block Chevy engine. This car set the AA/A National Record many times. Victories included the 1964 World Fuel &Gas (Bakersfield) and the 1964 U.S. Nationals.
This is the Original "ZOT" car. The Team name was "Trophy Dashers" but quickly became the "ZOT" car due to the Comic Strip inspired painting by Larry West on the trunk. This car carried Julius Jr. to many Gas class victories including the U.S. Nationals.
This Funny Car was purchased by Julius Jr. and his brother, Tommy in 1969. It was built by Candies and Hughes and then sold to Tom McEwen, who we purchased it from. This was Julius Jr's first 200 mph ride. It was later sent out on tour with Scotty Scott in 1970 and mainly match raced thru 1972.