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The 48 Fiat Rat Poison started life in 1972 near Milwaukee Wisconsin as a John Butera built funny car owned and operated by Charlie Proite. It sported a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer logo and is noted for starting the beer wars by being one of the first beer sponsored funny cars.

It ran as a fuel funny car though out the 1970’s. It was purchased by George and Sherry Forge in the early 1980’s and was run as a bracket car with a small block on gas though out the 1980’s.

Pete and Kathy Daubner found the car in a pole barn outside Milwaukee in 1997 and purchased it from George and Sherry Forge.
With help from George and Sherry Forge of Motor Masters, Dennis Rollane of R&B Chassis and Larry Baake of Performance Head Service, Pete and Kathy Daubner rebuild the car and are still running it today as the 48 Fiat altered Rat Poison.

Pete and Kathy’s first year out still sporting the Charger funny car body

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