NHRA Motorsport Museum
Tommy Ivo's four-engine Showboat
After enjoying great success in performance and crowd appeal with a twin-engine Buick in the late 1950s, "T.V. Tommy" Ivo figured that if two were good, four had to be better, so he built his now-famed four-wheel-drive Showboat dragster using four Buick powerplants. The vehicle, which is on display at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in its updated form as a Funny Car, was, according to Ivo, "the car that really made my career. It was built as a serious race car, not an exhibition vehicle, and it ran competitive numbers for its time."
Ivo plans to build a replica of the four-engine Showboat in its original dragster form, which will also be on display at the NHRA Motorsports Museum.