My Thoughts On Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen

By David G. Firestone

I was feeling under the weather last week, so I never got around to an MTO for the week. This week, I feel better physically, but not emotionally. I woke up this morning to the news that Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen died yesterday. Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen was one of the most colorful characters in the history of the NHRA, and was one of the most respected drivers of his era.

His rivalry with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme was one of the most visible rivalries in the NHRA, and his friendship with The Snake was one of a very few to survive that kind of rivalry. Watching Snake and Mongoose today was hard to do, but there wasn’t anything else that was appropriate to do today.

Losing a racing legend, especially someone who had the pleasure of meeting is always hard. The Mongoose was a real legend, and he will be missed in the NHRA, and the drag racing world at home. Tom “the Mongoose” McEwen.