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Old 05-15-2008, 03:06 AM   #1
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Default The 1958 NHRA Nationals

Monday’s “NHRA NATIONALS Oklahoma City, OK – 1957” (Norm Jones) video and Wednesday's way cool (Milton Arnold) pictures of the same event really inspired me to put my flatbed scanner to work tonight …

Although my father didn’t attend the ’57 event, the magazine coverage did motivate him to prep his (now mine) chopped & channeled, Hemi powered ’32 5-window for the ’58 event:



Back then, the car ran a 1953 331ci Chrysler Hemi with 4 Stromberg 97's:



In late August 1958, he & his buddy (Mike Thompson) towed the car from his home in Beach, North Dakota (border town near Glendive, Montana) to Oklahoma City to participate in the "4th Annual National Championship Drag Races":


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Old 05-15-2008, 03:12 AM   #2
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Default The 1958 NHRA Nationals (continued)

At the ’58 Nats, the car ran in the “B ALTERED COUPE” class. It wasn’t the coupe’s best performance … they could only muster a 13.40 ET with a top speed of 107 MPH:



The car no longer runs the 331ci Hemi [in 1975, it was replaced with a .060 overbore 1958 Chrysler Imperial 392ci Hemi A-1 block (~ 405ci)] … HOWEVER, a couple ‘artifacts’ from its 1958 visit to OKC
still remain affixed to the car today:


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Old 05-15-2008, 03:16 AM   #3
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Goosebumps.....You are very lucky to have that family heirloom!
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:30 AM   #4
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Default The 1958 NHRA Nationals (continued)

Here’s all twenty pages of the ’58 Event Program:








































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Old 05-15-2008, 03:40 AM   #5
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Default Re: The 1958 NHRA Nationals

great stuff! going to have to print that out. thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-15-2008, 03:48 AM   #6
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Default The 1958 NHRA Nationals (continued)

Iíll try to locate some more of my fatherís photos from the 1958 Nationals Ö but in the meantime, Iím really hoping someone out there can fill in some of the details of the '58 event ... with stories, images and/or video Ö

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Old 05-15-2008, 05:33 AM   #7
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Default The 1958 NHRA Nationals (continued)

Found this one other pic:



I believe this Kustom was owned by HAMBer Bullet Nose's friend ... they drove it from Redondo Beach, CA to Oklahoma City, OK ... and back!

I'll keep looking for pics...

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Old 05-15-2008, 05:52 AM   #8
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Default Re: The 1958 NHRA Nationals

Great thread hemi32.......love it!
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:32 AM   #9
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Very cool ! Thanks for sharing .
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:27 AM   #10
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Great thread,.... appreciate the post
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:43 AM   #11
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Those pictures are great. That's a great looking ride. And to have the program too, priceless. Thanks for posting this stuff. Mike
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:46 AM   #12
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Soooo cooooooooooool, for a homer like me!
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Old 05-15-2008, 07:54 AM   #13
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THis is a great thread, thanks for taking the time to scan this stuff....you are one lucky guy! Now, lets see if anybody has the same for 1959 and so on.......

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Old 05-15-2008, 08:27 AM   #14
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Cool stuff! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:28 AM   #15
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Very cool that you still got the car. Can't get much better than a 32 with a hemi!
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:12 AM   #16
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Awesome!
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:31 AM   #17
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Holy shit that is cool! You are a lucky man, Hemi32!

Thanks for sharing the history.

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Old 05-15-2008, 09:37 AM   #18
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Great post.................that Kool-Aid billboard in the third pic rules.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:41 AM   #19
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Default Re: The 1958 NHRA Nationals (continued)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hemi32 View Post
Found this one other pic. I beleive this Kustom was owned by HAMBer Bullet Nose's friend ... they drove it from Redondo Beach, CA to Oklahoma City, OK ... and back!
Yes we did and we tagged along with the Drifters Car Club from Redondo Beach, CA who took 2 cars to the drags. I also have the same program as you scanned.

Here's a picture that was taken on Route 66 in Texas on our way back to Redondo.



That's my friend Norman Woodruff, who owned the car, standing by the door and a member of the Drifters Car Club pointing to the flat we had.

That's a really cool photo of the Merc we called "The Moose" and there's a story about how that name came about. I also have some other memories of our trip to OKC.

Woody worked for Ed Donovan after he quit high school and built a DeSoto powered dragster in my garage. He experimented with a manifold he built for the engine that had two blowers mounted side by side but it just had too much boost. He later became my brother-in-law (now ex) and is now married to Kathy Donovan.
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Old 05-15-2008, 10:04 AM   #20
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THANK YOU

great stuff man

my brain is all tingly....it loves absorbing late 50,s drag history
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