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Old 07-16-2009, 12:19 PM   #41
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Default Re: mid 1950's drag photos, Moline IL

Awesome doesn't even do justice to these pictures........As a kid growing up in E. Iowa, I went to Cordova Ill. dragstrip in the early-mid 1960's........The pictures say Moline Ill. which is a ways from Cordova......I wonder is there actually was a Moline Dragway ?????
I see pictures for the Slo-Pokes Club from Dubuque Iowa.....I was born and raised close to Dubuque. I had totally forgotten about that club. Also, Sid's Speed Shop was in Dubuque and I think Sid Pacquette (sp?) was the owner. I need to do some digging with some of the old guys in Dubuque.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:29 PM   #42
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I was born and raised in Moline. I used to run parts for about half a dozen small rod and custom shops around the area. i just forwarded a link to this thread to a bunch of my old timer friends that may be able to shed some light on this.

there are little or no landmarks in the pictures, so its hard to identify where this is(was) located. the only place in my lifetime that it was legal to race in the area was(is) in Cordova. It would be interesting to find somebody that can shed some light on this one, it really hits close to home. i half expected to spot my grandad in his 57 bel air or the 55 second series napco truck(which i have squirreled away in a hidey hole).
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:30 PM   #43
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AWESOME PICTURES! its amazing how clear they came out. good thread
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:25 PM   #44
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Im so excited I had to come back and look at these again!! My dad used to race at Cordova in the late 60s with a Dodge Dart from Mr Norms and I bet he's seen some of these guys or ride atleast. Great post!!!!
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:05 PM   #45
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Awesome!!!! Made my day right there. Some of those pics are just unbelievable!
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Old 07-16-2009, 02:38 PM   #46
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Man, those are awesome. Isn't that Cadillac Bob in the "Bowlsmobile"? And how did they get a picture of Django in the first one?
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Old 07-16-2009, 03:01 PM   #47
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I was born about this time in East Moline........wonder how many of these people were friends of the family,My grandfather was into cars and a barber in town for 45 years
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:47 PM   #48
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Check out this thread from Nitro Marty for more 50's Cordova pics....

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=356411

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Thanks Marty, hope to meet you someday, I'm a friend of Beintema's.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:20 PM   #49
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This post is freakin awesome I live like 45 miles from moline and actually go there quite a bit and now a few people there! I knew us midwest boys were doin this stuff back then i knew it couldn't be just out west and out east! Man that hits close to home I would have loved to have seen stuff like that when i was young!
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:52 PM   #50
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Too Kool!!! This is one thread that should come back up every week. Thanks
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:02 PM   #51
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Excellent!
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:09 PM   #52
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:38 PM   #53
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anyone have a picture of or an actual slo-pokes club plaque?
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Old 09-14-2009, 11:12 PM   #54
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anyone have a picture of or an actual slo-pokes club plaque?
Best I can do.......... get out your magnifying glass.

1953 Slo-Pokes.
Bob Willis behind wheel, brother Joe riding shotgun.



Pretty good little story over at Rod & Custom
There's a couple more pictures of 1957 Cordova.
click on the pictures at the bottom

http://www.rodandcustommagazine.com/...ods/index.html
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:31 PM   #55
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:21 PM   #56
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anyone have a picture of or an actual slo-pokes club plaque?


Not sure if this is it. The club jackets do have a similar turtle.


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Old 10-12-2009, 08:28 PM   #57
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looks like a messy day for drag racing....
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:07 PM   #58
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Very cool, thanx' for sharing...
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:24 PM   #59
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Guys and Gals.....I found these pics very interesting. I was fortunate to be able to buy the TE 440 Chassis Research car built in 1958/59 by Jay Ohrberg and Dick Stevens, built in Dick's garage in Moline. The car was in good shape when I got it and required very little to put it in top shape. The Car was featured in Rod and Kulture, issue # 9. It is currently in the drag racing exhibit at the Gilmore Auto Museum in Hickory corners Mi. Gilmore is the 5th largest auto museum in America with over 250 beautiful cars. Jay Ohrberg went on to be "Mr. Roadster", producing parts for old Fords. Speedway motors bought the buisness from him, still sells Mr. Roadster parte, and Jay went on to build cars for the movies. He now has a 50 car museum in Ca. full of movie cars. I have spoken with him several times, but I do not know whatever became of Dick Stevens. If any of you guys out that way know of him, could you please send me an email. davecranemuseum@sbcglobal.net Thanks, Dave
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Old 10-16-2009, 04:12 PM   #60
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Man, I wonder who these pioneers are? How many hot-rod superstars are in these photos?
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