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~ Leroy Chadderton ~
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Former fuel altered, Funny Car driver Chadderton dies: Leroy Chadderton, a well-known Southern California-based driver of fuel altereds and Funny Cars in the 1970s, died April 3 after a long battle with cancer and heart problems.
Chadderton wheeled, among his many rides, the Magnificent 7 and B&M Speed Center fuel altereds and the Hawaiian Funny Car.
Chadderton began racing at Colton Dragstrip in Southern California in 1958 with a D/Gas ’55 Chevy and later a Ford Model A, which later ran injected on nitro.
His first fuel altered, built with Al Hawkins, was a 354 Chrysler-powered Woody Gilmore-built ’23-T that he first campaigned in 1965. This car later became the Magnificent 7 car, so named because of the team’s quest to become the first in the seven-second zone. Chadderton achieved that goal in 1966 with a 7.96 at Lions Drag Strip and in 1969 became the first to record a six-second time in a fuel altered, a 6.89 in Saginaw, Mich.
Chadderton was part of a fuel altered tour through the late 1960s and
early 1970s that also included Willie Borsch and Leon Fitzgerald.