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Old 08-25-2012, 05:32 AM   #21
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We were asked if we would mind having a picture of our car and the original Stone Woods and cook car taken (Mind hell we jumped at the chance) and both my husband and i got to actually sit in it. You could smell the history. It was very cool.
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #22
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Da Grump told me to "Get outa da fukkin way" when I got to close in his pit around 1980

Good times.......
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:34 AM   #23
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I got to hang in the pits with my uncle and the Tom Thumb Special (Pierson Coupe) for several years out at Bonneville (80's - early 90's). Got to sit in it a few times as it was being pulled (or pushed) back to the pits. It was noisy in there at only 40mph. Can't imagine how loud with the engine running and traveling at 200+.



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Old 08-25-2012, 11:46 AM   #24
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Summer of 1965 was out at the Fontana Drag Strip with Bob Porter. we had flat towed his Mickey Thompson's A F/X Pontiac Tempest out with the Doyle Gammel (I still have trouble calling it Doyles) 32 Ford 3 window..

Bob was racing the Tempest and I was towing him back from the finish line cooling down between rounds. A friend of Bob's was riding with me. He threw a Budweiser bottle out the window in the pits. and the officials asked me to leave. I was prepared to hitch hike back to Pasadena. Bob insisted that I take the coupe for the day and come back about 9 PM to pick him up.

If your not familiar with the Bob Porter coupe. it was a chopped 32 ford 3 window. torsion bar front suspension, Corvette independent rear. in between those two was a aluminum headed 427 inch L-88 big block chev and a 4 speed. I spent the day cruising tavern to tavern on route 66 for over 10 hours. I had driven the coupe on other occasions but to have it for a day was the ride of a lifetime. I have never wanted a 32 ford since. I could never build or buy a better coupe

I can't find my photo of the tempest but we towed out a pitted with Skip and his Foothill speed center 40 willy's
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:26 PM   #25
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I had this car for about a week at my shop! what a fun car to drive. It has all the pictures from the filming on a poster in the trunk.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:32 PM   #26
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Got a weiner whistle from that little guy in the weinermobile. Early 1970's
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:40 PM   #27
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I got to sit in this iconic A coupe many years ago, owned by my friend Dick Patterson.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:42 PM   #28
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Probably last year when my boy (then 7) got to see and get several pictures taken with the original "Red Baron" car and then last month he and I got to sit down and chat with Chuck Miller at the KKOA show in Salina this year. My son just couldn't believe that he built it and was asking him all sorts of questions about it. It was awesome that he is getting to meet and talk to a bunch of "my" idols, after all his generation IS the future of hot rodding.
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Old 08-25-2012, 12:59 PM   #29
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I got to drive the Topper car (from the old movie) on the oval of the Ontario Speedway 500 back in the 70's.
Our neighbours cousin was a manager of the "Cars of the Stars " museum in California.
He also brought the "Happy Days" family wagon.

Janet Guthrie was a driver in this race.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:08 PM   #30
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One day back in the 60's when I lived in the San Fernando Valley,
me and a couple of my buddies were sitting on the curb.
We all could here it coming, and it rattled all the house windows as it
idled on by!
Gods speed Dick.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:14 PM   #31
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Had a few cool experiences with famous cars. Got to visit Konnie Kalitta one night with a buddy and worked on the "Bounty Hunter" mustang funny car, got to drive the Dodge show car "Daroo II" into the Blackhawk Museum storage facility, got to hang out with the "Silver Bullet" street racer Plymouth back in the day, got to hang over the fenders of the "Candymatic" drag car occasionally, got to hang out with my neighbor's Chrysler Turbine car when he test drove it. Living near Detroit, my childhood was a BLAST in the car department.
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:16 PM   #32
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I got to lift the ChiZler once, was walking back to my car in the pits at San Gabriel, stopped to look at the new Stuckey-built ChiZler, when Stuckey mentioned to me to join another couple of guys to grab the front axle and lift it up so that the Greek could get under the engine and drain the oil into a pan...we held it up until the last drop came out, then went on our ways...that's how they did it in the old days....
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Old 08-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #33
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I worked for Pete & Jakes for almost ten years so driving the California kid and Jake's coupe would be my best experience!
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #34
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I was at Mud Island when the Memphis Belle (airplanes are also vehicles!) was displayed there ... it was mid-week and thin crowd so the attendant let me get inside the bomber and crawl from the cockpit to the tail .... beat the shit out of loading Don Vesco's bike, passing Bruce Crower the salt and pepper at a breakfast joint or running Parnelli Jones' front bumper on my f-100 .... or a bunch of other seemingly insignificant stuff ..... I love the warbirds!
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:06 PM   #35
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When I was younger I worked at a hobby shop, and got to work on the r/c boat that tows the waterskiing squirrel
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:12 PM   #36
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I offered to paint an Indy car for free...the owner backed out as soon as he figured out that "free" meant I was going to take it for a drive it on the street...Wheee!!!
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:43 PM   #37
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The summer of 1971 when Dr. Williamson spent $65,000 for the Bugatti Type 57SC, and I got to help unload it. Years later it was totally restored and won Pebble Beach. Bob
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:31 PM   #38
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At a showI walked into the batmobile when I was a kid. It hurt. Then my old man smack me that hurt. But that was an experience. lol
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:02 AM   #39
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Some years ago I was on the 'boards at the Wildwood show and I came across Jim Inglese "Full House" just sitting there with all the other cars. No ropes around it or don't touch shit. He drove the wheels off that thing. At a time when billit was still king here was a duece roadster, '40 dash, and steelies with whites, hot 327 w/6 2's and a wicked stance just sitting there. The color was just so early1960's "date night"! Jim trned out to be the nicest guy on earth and continued to help me out with pics and info to build my own.

The best was he showed me that famous guys were in fact approachable and really just motorheads like you and me, (just better at it!). Same deal with the Sunkist T which shows up down there almost every year, Rich just drives the wheels off all weekend and is easy to shoot the breeze with.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:43 PM   #40
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I forgot, in the late 80s the Delorean from 'Back to the Future' toured Australia, I got my picture taken sitting in it, I was 6 or 7.
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