1964 - the year of the first GTO and the official start of the musclecar wars.
Also in that year or the next was the start of the altered wheelbase match race cars running nitro fuel. Later they became known as Funny Cars. We had a pioneer down here in Houston with a racer by the name of Don Gay he ran a GTO match racer. Later his son, Don Gay, Jr., was pulled out of a funny by the Snake Don Prudhomme
YouTube - 1989 NHRA Don Gay Jr. Crash