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Old 05-29-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
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Default The Ford Show

A few months ago, we posted about Joie Chitwood and his gang of merry stuntman. In the mid 50's, these guys were tearing up '56 Chevrolet's with reckless abandon. However, by 1960 it looks as though J...

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Old 05-29-2009, 09:54 AM   #2
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Supposedly, other than open exhaust, those cars were stock. Any HAMB'ers involved with the shows care to enlighten us ?
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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That is really neat.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:17 AM   #4
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Ryan, as you are a fan of the Indy 500 you probably know that the name lives on at that venue.

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/08/04/Sp..._Indy_a_.shtml
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:17 PM   #5
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Thanks, Ryan and thanks to "burbanite", too. Never heard of this story.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:05 PM   #6
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Was Joie Chitwood involved in the Tournament of Thrills? It's a different group than the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show, isn't it?
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:31 PM   #7
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I love the in car footage, fun to watch them work that column shift.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:43 PM   #8
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I used to beg to go to Joie Chitwood's show when he came to Minnesota. My Dad never had the money and I always lived to far away. However I've always dreamed of someday seeing some home movies. Thanks Ryan, you've made an old man's day.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:58 PM   #9
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Chitwood? I don't see/hear any mention of him in that clip.

"That car is ALL Ford!" Love that, as it is bouncing around like 500lb nelly in a jelly wrestling match. 'ALL Ford!', haa, haa, that is killing me.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:30 PM   #10
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very cool. the clowns were a hardcase touch. dont think id be game enough to get between the cars. lol.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:30 AM   #11
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hell of a way to promote a car
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:14 AM   #12
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I saw chitwood in Avoca, Iowa in about 1951. had Fords. I was 5 or 6 years old, so was very impressed!
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Old 05-30-2009, 11:44 AM   #13
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Chitwood did go back to Chevrolets. In his book, "Safe at any Speed," he mentions that the second-generation Corvair, introduced in 1965, was the only car they were able to use for two complete years in the ramp-to-ramp jump. Others had to be scrapped at the end of the year because the suspensions had worn out. Apparently, they just changed a little chrome for the 66.

Also, I had the pleasure of watching Joie Jr. and another do the two-wheel drive at Daytona in the 60s with a pair of Novas. They made it all the way around. Biggest problem was finding tires that would hold up. As I understand it, they had to go to really cheap tires because they needed thicker sidewalls.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:00 PM   #14
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very cool.
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Old 05-30-2009, 12:03 PM   #15
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Thats a cool Video...
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Old 05-30-2009, 01:58 PM   #16
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Chitwood? I don't see/hear any mention of him in that clip.

"That car is ALL Ford!" Love that, as it is bouncing around like 500lb nelly in a jelly wrestling match. 'ALL Ford!', haa, haa, that is killing me.
Yea it's not Chitwood, another daredevil team. Chitwood used Chevrolet almost exclusively.
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Old 05-30-2009, 06:56 PM   #17
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That smashed merc at the end makes me sad
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:47 PM   #18
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That smashed merc at the end makes me sad
Amen brother, makes me sick to my stomach.
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Old 05-31-2009, 05:17 PM   #19
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man that was GREAT!!!
how much fun would that be for a job!?!?!?
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Old 06-01-2009, 10:03 AM   #20
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Man, that guy really beat the hell out of that 3 speed! LOL
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