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Old 04-28-2009, 07:55 AM   #1
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In 1949, a group of fellas got together in San Diego with their hot rods and called themselves the "Cam Busters." It just so happened that most of these fellas were from south of border and due to the ignorance of the times, it wasn't uncommon for...

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:00 AM   #2
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Hell yes, they kicked ass in the face of adversity. Nice read over my morning coffee.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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Those guys are and always have been about racing in its purest form....Innovation, experimentation and energy. Hats off to em.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:07 AM   #4
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In 1949, a group of fellas got together in San Diego with their hot rods and called themselves the "Cam Busters." It just so happened that most of these fellas were from south of border and due to the ignorance of the times, it wasn't uncommon for...

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Ignorance of the times???? I suppose someone made theses rodders put the pinstripe artwork on their car of the dude in the Sombrero too?

Geeze, I long for those "Traditional Times" when everybody wasn't so sensitive.

I hope the ACLU doesn't go back and try to sue our grandfathers for hate crimes based on race discrimination.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:20 AM   #5
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Ignorance of the times???? I suppose someone made theses rodders put the pinstripe artwork on their car of the dude in the Sombrero too?

Geeze, I long for those "Traditional Times" when everybody wasn't so sensitive.

I hope the ACLU doesn't go back and try to sue our grandfathers for hate crimes based on race discrimination.
Looks like this guy might not be able to read? That's sad. I thought Colorado schooling was better than that?

Nice read Ryan.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:09 AM   #6
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Ignorance of the times???? I suppose someone made theses rodders put the pinstripe artwork on their car of the dude in the Sombrero too?
Can you read? Or do you just skim?

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Centered around the prominent
enlistment of club members being Mexican, they were commonly
called the Beaners. Which was a derogatory slur of the time, but
these attitudes never stopped the Bean Bandits from doing what
they did.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:10 AM   #7
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Damn straight, Fabian, Tom, Diana et.all, do it like it used to be done......they are great people and they represent what Hot Rodding is all about............

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:18 AM   #8
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thanks for the link....my kind of people...
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:18 AM   #9
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An older shot, not taken by me but still cool...

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:20 AM   #10
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I love the Bean logo, I can try for days to replicate some of the simplistic logos that Hot Rodders used back in the day but I always come up short. Looks like they are carrying on a from an awesome history.
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I did read the story....fficeffice" />>>
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The Bean Bandits changed their name from the "Cam Busters" to the "Bean Bandits". If they had been totally pissed and weren't the kind of people that let the name calling roll off their back they wouldn't have done so, right?>>
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They could have fought, they could have sought legal reparations, but they did their thing they way the knew how to do it.>>
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That's my point. >>
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:39 AM   #12
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The Bean Bandits are true.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:42 AM   #13
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They seem like a very genuine group and it's very cool to see the legacy still going with a younger generation.
I finally got a chance to meet Tom and Dianna recently at the LSRU in Austin - great people!

Here's a quick shot from Bonneville Speedweek 2008...



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Old 04-28-2009, 09:21 AM   #14
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I have been a big admirer of the Bean Bandits for many years, long before I knew any of them. Using inginuity and elbow grease and over coming underdog obstacles, they still kicked everybody's ass (even the big dollar guys).


I am very lucky to call many of the Bean Bandits freinds and it has been a huge thrill for me to help them in the pits at Bonneville the last few years (the goofy fucker wearing the yellow ball cap in the picture is me).

The Bean Bandits are the genuine article, 60 years of building hot rods and race cars, winning races and setting records, all for the love of fast machinery and the thrill of speed. It gets no better.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:37 AM   #15
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Maybe myth, or urban legend... I read somewhere that The Bean Bandits were the first crew to use Nitro. The story went that some member(s) were janitors at JPL where they caught the interest of an egg head who turned'em on to the stuff claiming 'Its no good for rocket fuel'. Can this be confirmed?
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:58 AM   #16
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I'm thinking the Bean Bandits had the first drag car to run 100 mph or maybe 150 in the 1/4 mile?
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:43 AM   #17
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They had some great looking cars. Like's been stated, "innovative".
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:43 AM   #18
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I have the 50th Bean Bandits poster done by Bob McCoy and signed by many of members. You could fill a couple of books on the exploits of the Bandits. My fondest memories are of the grudge races at Paradise Mesa Drag Strip with the Speed Sport Special out of Tucson in the 1950's.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:03 AM   #19
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Fascinating, Thanks Ryan.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:17 AM   #20
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When I lived in San Diego, several times I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Joaquin Arnett.
He's a genuine good guy and a great story teller!



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