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Old 05-17-2007, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default Stone, Woods, & Cook

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I was actually tooling around this guy's blog and happened upon these photos. Ironically, I think he ac...

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Old 05-17-2007, 10:30 AM   #2
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Agreed - it doesn't get much iconic than S-W-C. As for the race thing, I'm sure that's why we didn't see more pix of Stone and Woods. My pal Jamie (Dr.Lockjaw) and I are finishing up a resto of Ernie Nicholsons "Super Stude" gasser right now. Getting info on that car has been a real trip, due to Ernie being another rare early black drag racer.
Nice piece, Ryan. Thanks,
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:38 AM   #3
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SWC were true sportsmen and competitors. I never could stand Big John Mazmanian(SP) after seeing him standing in the pits screaming racial slurs at Stone and Woods. it just wasn't acceptable even in the 60's.
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:48 AM   #4
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Default Re: Stone, Woods, & Cook

I think it's also significant-
certainly to a lesser degree-
that the car ran a 394 Olds
when it seemed everyone was running the 392 Chrysler

definitely influencing my choice in motors for more than a few cars

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Old 05-17-2007, 10:53 AM   #5
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My dad told me they were black men; he saw them at Green Valley as a kid. He was surprised obviously, since you're right - it never was made "public."

And now that I think of it, I don't think I've EVER seen a photo of them. That is a damn shame.
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:59 AM   #6
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I did a Google search and found no pictures of Stone or Woods. These guys were legends when I was a kid. I agree with Ryan that the fact that this was a multi-ethnic team is both cheering that race wasn't an issue and saddening that it never(couldn't) be mentioned. All we cared about was that the car was cool and FAST.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:02 AM   #7
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I think it's also significant-
certainly to a lesser degree-
that the car ran a 394 Olds
when it seemed everyone was running the 392 Chrysler

definitely influencing my choice in motors for more than a few cars
They switched to a Hemi in early 64. As racers they did what it took to be competitive. As a side note, I think Ohio George started with a Caddy.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:04 AM   #8
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There's a picture of Leonard Woods in the new Rodder's Journal along with a big story on his first Willys.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:08 AM   #9
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I’m guessing these photos feature Cook and his buddies although I am not sure who is who… Noticeably absent are Stone and Woods - both black men and both important Drag Racing pioneers

I believe it's K.S. Pitman, Wayne Arteaga, Doug Cook, and i'm not sure on the 4th guy. I think Wayne Arteaga lived in the mid-west(?) somewhere and he'd put up the west coast guys whenever they went that way to race. Gave them a place to stay AND fix their cars. I don't know the reason for Stone and Woods not getting the notoriety of Cook, but it's usually the front man (driver, lead singer of a band, etc) that gets all the fame anyway. I've got no shortage of Stone and Woods pictures in my old magazines, but like i said, it's the driver usually. A pretty good exception was Mazmanian. His name was out there no matter who drove his cars. My 2 cents. Either way, Stone Woods and Cook are in my opinion about the MOST memorable team in drag racing history, PERIOD. Great racing, great memories!

PS-i think the above car was a B/Gas car, Swindler B (the chrome reverse wheels were seldom seen on that team) driven by Doug Cook's brother. Dig the show car interior!

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Old 05-17-2007, 11:22 AM   #10
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Two stories about SWC:

1) Saw them run at Lions in the early '60s. Standing at the finish line and watching the car come toward me, the loudest noise it made was the induction roar -- couldn't hear the exhaust over the mega-sucking sound until it passed me.

2) My friend Jeff Wasserman was called to do a sign painting job on a race car. He went to an address in South Central LA and found a small single-car garage standing in an otherwise vacant lot. Puzzled, he went to the house next door, and was told that he was in the right place. He opened the garage to find the S-W-C Willys! He was not permitted to move the car out of the garage, and had to letter each side in a space barely wide enough to move.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:29 AM   #11
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The black and white pictures are all from Don Montgomery's Supercharged Gas Coupes book. It's a must have for any gasser freak.
Here's another pic from the book. I believe the T on the headlight stands for trophy, meaning they won their class that day.
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:41 AM   #12
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Great article, I learned something new today. Love the old drag racing stories and history.
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:26 PM   #13
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Actually, the "T" sticker means they went through tech. Wayne Aertega is from Missouri. I believe the other guy in that shot was Pittmans crewchief, who's name I forget, but he's my buddys father-in-law. I'll show him this pic and see if we can get a positive ID on this individual...
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:31 PM   #14
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Default Re: Stone, Woods, & Cook

Thats always been one of my favorite cars since day one, and it's THE WILLYS that any others can compare up to. I'd like to see pics of all 3 guys posted, if someone out there has any?
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:35 PM   #15
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theres a picture of the team when KS pittman drove for them in Larry Davis` book `gasser wars`

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Old 05-17-2007, 12:37 PM   #16
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Actually, the "T" sticker means they went through tech. Wayne Aertega is from Missouri. I believe the other guy in that shot was Pittmans crewchief, who's name I forget, but he's my buddys father-in-law. I'll show him this pic and see if we can get a positive ID on this individual...
Good to know about the T, do you know what the "checker" on the other headlight is?

The guys in the group picture are K.S Pittman, Wayne Arteaga, Doug Cook and Tiny Roberts. The guy in the white t shirt in the other picture is John Hellmuth.
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Old 05-17-2007, 12:45 PM   #17
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Got my Rodders Journal last nite and they have a peice on the SWC car

also our own Von Franco's car is on the cover! They did a great story on both versions of the kookie car!
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:38 PM   #18
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All of those pictures were taken by either Wayne Arteaga or his brother Eldon. Both are professional photographers and have provided many pictures to Don Montgomery and the gassermadness site. They were taken in Wayne's garage in North St. Louis. He and my brother often provided pit service to all the name gassers when they were passing through the area.
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Old 05-17-2007, 02:06 PM   #19
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Old 05-17-2007, 02:07 PM   #20
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Default Re: Stone, Woods, & Cook

And on a related note:

This is Tim Woods



He's related to the Woods of Stone, Woods, & Cook but I'm not sure how. He may be his grandson.

He's been a regular in the NASCAR races at Irwindale Speedway in L.A. for the last few years and is trying to make a name for himself in the NASCAR West Division which runs similar cars to the Nextel Cup guys.

This is the car he was driving in '05:


He's a good driver and good with the media, but as usual he needs more money behind him to go any further.

But at least there's still a racer in the family.
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