I started watching Match Race door slammers in '63. Those cars evolved into 'funny cars' by '65 with the introduction of the Mopar altered wheelbase cars.
I still prefer 60's funny cars because they used factory based engines of the type car they ran. Chevy's had chevy engines, Fords had Fords, Mopars had Mopar engines. A lot of that appeal went away for me when darn near everyone started running Chrysler Hemi's. The Big Three factory competition ended right there.