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Jim Lytle, Famous for ‘Big Al’ Cars, Passes Away

Jim Lytle, Famous for ‘Big Al’ Cars, Passes Away

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Jim Lytle, the creator of everything Allison-powered including the legendary "BIG AL" '34 Ford 2-door sedan, passed away Dec. 8, 2011, at Lahaina on the island of Maui where he had lived for over 20 years.

Lytle pioneered many engineering ideas into the BIG AL cars well before they became standard Funny Car features, such as one-piece lift-off or front-hinged body and multi-disc clutch for smokeless runs

Former DRO contributor Dave Wallace Jr. wrote about Lytle in several of his Now and Then articles, including a three-part series. Part One can be found here, Part Two here, and Part Three here