top of page
Cars Final Tile large.jpg

Ep 47 - Don "The Snake" Prudhomme

and Elana Scherr


Images via  Amazon

American drag racer Don "The Snake" Prudhomme, member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame, and automotive writer Elana Scherr join to discuss their new book 'Don "The Snake" Prudhomme: My Life Beyond the 1320' which chronicles Don's life, achievements, and advice for pursuing a career in cars.

After an introduction, Robert dives in to uncover the impetus for the book (2:02) before jumping into the advice that truly set Don on his path to become an automotive icon and his early life in the San Fernando Valley (3:44). Then Don shares the origins of his nickname "The Snake" and his rival and friend's, Tom McEwen, "The Mongoose" (6:30). Then Robert asks Don to share the notable people who got him where he is today (8:28) before pivoting to talk about 'the most important drag racing car in history, the Greer Black Prudhomme Dragster (9:41). Then Don talks about the intense focus needed for a race and how it led him to retire (12:19) and how discovering his past change Don's perspective on life (14:42).


After a short break, Elana encourages Don to 'take us through a run' (18:01), then Elana shares how she and Don became friends and how that informed the creation of their book (23:05). Finally, Don gives some insight on what kept him going in the hard times (29:11) and Elana explains how her approach to Don's biography was unique (32:06).




Conversations with Carroll Shelby


Follow Us: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Hosted by: Robert Ross

Produced & Edited by: Chris Porter

Theme Music By: Celleste and Eric Dick

bottom of page