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Tommy Ivo (born April 18, 1936), also known as "TV Tommy"and "Instant Ivo" is an actor and drag racer, who was active in the 1960s racing community.
Ivo was born in Denver, Colorado. His acting career began in the early 1940s, with notable performances including Cousin Arne in I Remember Mama (1948), Joey in Prejudice (1949), and William Button in Plymouth Adventure (1952). In 1955 Ivo appeared as Shelby in the "Heart of a Cheater" episode of the Lone Ranger TV show. He also appeared in Make Room for Daddy as daughter Terry's boyfriend Walter in "Terry Goes Steady" in 1958. From 1959 to 1961, Ivo appeared as Herbie Bailey on The Donna Reed Show . Tommy also appeared in the 1950 film as David in "The Lost Volcano" with Johnny Sheffield. Ivo guest starred in an episode of the syndicated adventure television series, Rescue 8 and in two episodes of Leave It To Beaver . He also guest starred on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot and on the NBC western series The Tall Man . In several episodes of Father Knows Best , he played one of the Bud Anderson's friends. During the 1961–62 season, Ivo played the role of Haywood Botts in another ABC sitcom, Margie . In 1963 he appeared in the "Honeymoon Hotel" episode of the Petticoat Junction .
In the late 1950s, Ivo raced a twin (side by side) Buick nailhead-engined dragster which was the first gasoline-powered dragster to break the nine-second barrier.
The car held the Drag News AA/GD et record at 8.69. The Twin Buick also was the first gas dragster to record speeds of 170, 175 and 180 mph which were Standard 1320 records as well. It was unique in appearance and won numerous races, including NASCAR's first National Drag Race. Later he designed a four-engine, four-wheel-drive dragster he called Showboat (with a quartet of Nailheads), but NHRA ruled it the first "exhibition" dragster, and he was unable to race it.
In 1963, Ivo's Barnstormer, a nitro-burning 392 Hemi-powered slingshot, –Prudhomme won. During 1964, Ivo travelled to England, with Don Garlits and other racers, to participate in the First International Drag Festival, a six-event series that did much to promote drag racing in the United Kingdom.purchased to replace the failed Videoliner, ) became one of only two seven-second Top Fuel dragsters, so he staged a Seven Second Match Race with the other, the Greer Black Prudhomme dragster, driven by Don Prudhomme
During 1972 and 1973, Ivo attended 100 race meets; this record was matched only by "Jungle Jim" Liberman and Ed "The Ace" McCulloch.
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