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Old 03-19-2009, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default Rockets At Indy

I'm getting on the road early tomorrow morning, so the Friday post is a bit early. Off like a rocket... It all went down in 1946 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some crazy bastard strapped a "nato" rocket to his Indy car and lit it off on the bac...

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Old 03-20-2009, 12:17 AM   #2
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Guess that's the origin of the urban legend. If you were around back then, it may have been on the movie news just before the cartoons.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:27 AM   #3
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WOW!!!!!!! .....I am not sure the had real big balls or just very little brains...........these guys are something else from back then.

Very Cool, Ryan. I am glad that I am not the only one awake......lol.....
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:35 AM   #4
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Oh hell yes !! That's how the term ""Fast as a Streak of Shit"" came about. And by the way that's the same dude that used to narrate the films in the shop class videos telling us how damn dangerous the Table Saw was >>>>.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:05 AM   #5
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It all went down in 1946 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Some crazy bastard strapped a "nato" rocket to his Indy car and lit it off on the bac...
Ryan ... I think you meant JATO (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) rockets ... not NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:17 AM   #6
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I was going to say RATO. They're good for all kinds of stuff, never thought of Indy, though.

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Old 03-20-2009, 01:22 AM   #7
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in typical race driver style he was probably disappointed and wanted to try a bigger one with a different cam next year.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:34 AM   #8
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I need a couple for my trip to the TEXAS mile.
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:44 AM   #9
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Guess that's the origin of the urban legend. If you were around back then, it may have been on the movie news just before the cartoons.
That's what I was thinking too ... but I kinda remember reading somewhere that the "JATO '67 Impala" urban legend was based on a story that Andy Granatelli told in his autobiography ... supposedly, after WWII (circa 1946) Andy and his brothers strapped some surplus JATO rockets onto an old Indy Car ... the first rocket they tried was a dud ... so Andy took the car out to a two-lane highway and fired all the bottles at once ... ... after that fiasco, the brothers rigged it so Andy could fire just one bottle at a time ... and took the car on a "Barnstorming Tour" across the country (state & county fairgrounds / dirt tracks).

EDIT: Found an article about the restored Andy Granatelli Rocket Car:



... just click HERE.

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Old 03-20-2009, 01:53 AM   #10
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Where do I buy a 1946 rocket powered roadster? Is there a forum on here for that?
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:10 AM   #11
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Cool, but just to be safe I'm updating the rules for the RoundUp minibike races!
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:29 AM   #12
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...at least he had on his safety sweater.
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:34 AM   #13
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Some one should try that at the Jalopy Showdown.
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:06 PM   #14
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...at least he had on his safety sweater.
And it was white when he got in the car! No shot of him getting out, thank God!
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Old 03-20-2009, 12:22 PM   #15
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I think the conversation started something like this,

hey man, I have been working on this thing in my garage. I am pretty sure it will work. Can we test it out on your car?
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:34 PM   #16
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Thought it was funny that he "..got a bon voyage from the noted racecar driver Wilbur Shaw" Wondered why he wasn't driving for a minute, lol.
Off topic, but I watched that Grocery Store Wars video below the one you posted and that was some funny sh*t
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:04 PM   #17
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Yeah, we used to do that all the time...



Then again, our cars were somewhat smaller...



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Old 03-20-2009, 07:52 PM   #18
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I m so down.... I m stupid enough to drive that thing... maybe thats my next build.
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Old 03-20-2009, 07:57 PM   #19
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Duke Nalon...a real legend in American racing history. Put the front drive Novi on the pole in 1949, which was the same year he hit the turn 2 wall and was seriously burned. That incident was included in Mickey Rooney's "The Big Wheel" movie. Duke was a frequent visitor to Indianapolis Raceway Park when I was there in the 80s and 90s. A really nice guy. He passed away in 2001.

Here's the Duke in 1949...

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Old 03-20-2009, 08:06 PM   #20
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Quote..Thought it was funny that he "..got a bon voyage from the noted racecar driver Wilbur Shaw" Wondered why he wasn't driving for a minute, lol.

In 1946, at Wilbur Shaw's urging, Tony Hulman had purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Eddie Rickenbacker, and Shaw was president of the Speedway.
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