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Old 10-31-2008, 07:46 AM   #1
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There is just something about the carefully staged shots that graced the covers of Hot Rod Magazine in the 50's. It's like Norman Rockwell for greasers - warm, cozy... One of my favorite shots donned the April, 1957 cover and featured Ak Miller and...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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Is it just me, or has TJJ and the HAMB been REALLY REALLY good as of late? This article is just another example of how much you kick ass Ryan.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:09 AM   #3
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Where is that car today? It must be kicking around. Great story!
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:36 AM   #4
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Always good. Love the excerpt from that book.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:11 AM   #5
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Ryan, Thank You. You really are showing some old great stuff and the fun your having shows.
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:11 AM   #6
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The Ak Miller story would make a HELL of a great documentary. Ken Burns, you listening?
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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HA HAHA HA!!!!!!!!! I can pictue this in my mind... Thanks for the outstanding bit of history Ryan.

Almost 50 years later, Denis wrote a book titled, “Porsche, Past and Present.” In that book, he recounted his chance meeting with the crazy bastards from the states:
“That journey to Rouen was a terrible embarrassment to Jesse and me, for on the long straights across France, that great bulbous Oldsmobile coupe with the trailer and racing car on the back sat behind us no matter what we did. We both rowed our little Porsches along as hard as we could, and the Miller entourage just sat there in our mirrors. What was worse, Ak, Doug, and Pete were sitting abreast on the bench seat smoking cigars while Ak drove with one hand on the wheel and his elbow on the window ledge. Meantime, both Jesse and I were driving our Porsches as if we were competing in a race. When we stopped, Ak removed his cigar and asked, ‘Your little cars okay?’”
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:57 AM   #8
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I didn't include this in the article, cuz I couldn't verify it... BUT, I think the Olds tow car was the '54 owned by Pete Coltrin (actually, his mother) and previously ran 140.981 mph at Bonneville. Ak did the motor...
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:03 AM   #9
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Ya know, I have the RSS feeds linked on the homepage of my website, so whenever I get online, it's the first thing I see. I like to see the new articles and it excites me when I finish reading one like this. Ryan, great job man.

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Old 10-31-2008, 11:07 AM   #10
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I didn't include this in the article, cuz I couldn't verify it... BUT, I think the Olds tow car was the '54 owned by Pete Coltrin (actually, his mother) and previously ran 140.981 mph at Bonneville. Ak did the motor...
That almost HAS to be true....
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Ryan, Thank You. You really are showing some old great stuff and the fun your having shows.
Talk about fun... I wanna know what's up with the Porsche steering wheel shot here:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?page_id=2829
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:17 AM   #12
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:47 AM   #13
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Great stuff!! Thanks.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:06 PM   #14
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Great story. It's great that people who where there took the time to write these storys down to share with next generation of hot rodders. Great job Ryan. Thanks for helping keep hot rodding history alive. Keep it coming. H.A.M.B.er FOR LIFE.
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:10 PM   #15
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That was a fun read! Thanks!
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:33 PM   #16
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I didn't include this in the article, cuz I couldn't verify it... BUT, I think the Olds tow car was the '54 owned by Pete Coltrin (actually, his mother) and previously ran 140.981 mph at Bonneville. Ak did the motor...
thats not your dads olds. LO Thats why every name there is so respected to this very day. thanks
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:42 PM   #17
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I read a story about this someplace recently. It was a great read the first time and now again.
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:00 PM   #18
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"You're little cars okay?" Got to love that part. That and a race car with a bench seat.
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:07 PM   #19
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"Are your little cars okay?" Man, I love that!
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:50 PM   #20
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"You're little cars okay?" Got to love that part. That and a race car with a bench seat.

it was the bench seat in the OLDS they were talking about. guys were pissed that they couldn't shake an oldsmobile towing a race car lol


I woulda been too!
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