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Old 07-26-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default More Rare Bonneville Pictures- 1959



Here's another killer batch of Bonneville pictures from the Mike Smith Collection as promised, and there are plenty more great cars to check out. I believe most of these shots are from the '59 SCTA meet- Obviously some of them don't have the handy da...

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Old 07-26-2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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Default Re: More Rare Bonneville Pictures- 1959

Neat pics, always nice to see some historical pictures of the real deal.
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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Thanks for posting, great history.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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nice, thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #6
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Default Re: More Rare Bonneville Pictures- 1959

Image #5... is that Mickey Thompson's Challenger I all taken apart?

The size of it seems right, and those exhaust pipes, the tanks, if you've ever built the model kit of that car, that all seems very familiar. And in '59 the car didn't yet have the superchargers on the motors under those tarps. Maybe?

If so, pretty cool. I've never seen that picture of the Challenger before, and there are not as many photos of its earliest configurations.

Thanks for posting these!
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:47 PM   #7
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Default Re: More Rare Bonneville Pictures- 1959

Interesting. 12 pictures but only 11 appear. Is picture 10 hiding something? How fast did the minibike run I wonder?

Snap back to it, wake up, quit daydreaming.

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Old 08-02-2012, 09:57 AM   #8
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... 12 pictures but only 11 appear. Is picture 10 hiding something? ...
silverdome - Here ya go:

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Old 08-03-2012, 02:53 PM   #9
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Old 07-26-2012, 04:26 PM   #10
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Canada Jeff,
That is with out a doubt the Callenger I
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #12
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I don't believe that's the Challenger 1. I believe the Challenger 1 was powered by four Pontiac engines
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:50 PM   #13
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Wheel Man, I downloaded the picture and enlarged it. You really can't see much of the engines but it has the same exhaust, tanks, layout etc. as Challenger. Pretty sure it is. No other car like it.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:21 PM   #14
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Default Re: More Rare Bonneville Pictures- 1959

Here is the cover of the December 1959 Hot Rod Magazine with the Challenger on the cover. As you can see the car is powered be four fuel injected engines, This shot was taken at the Sept 1959 meet. The photo on this site is a twin engine Chrysler with the driver sitting between them.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:10 AM   #15
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The twin Chrysler car is not the Challenger. The other car all apart is the Challenger for sure. The headers, engine placement and water tanks are the give away.
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Default Re: More Rare Bonneville Pictures- 1959

You were looking at a different picture. This is Challenger.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #17
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Can anyone tell what hubcaps are on the T-bird?
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:24 PM   #18
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Like Billy Idol says"More,More,More!"
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:09 PM   #19
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Well my bad!!! That photo does indeed look like the Challenger. Thanks
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