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Old 07-09-2009, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default FAMILY DRAGSTER HISTORY...jim and alison lee...part 2..WITH PICS

Here is the previous link....
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...7969&showall=1

When i left off, my grandpa Jim had wrecked the Logghe car and been involved in some other unhealthy accident..To find a quick fix for a driver, Bub Reese was hired. Reese drove for the first Div. 1 points meet of the year, only to leave and take his amassed points with him, leaving none to my grandparents. When it was decided to take the car back west to have a 392 fuel burner built by Ed Pink installed, Pink suggested a new and upcoming driver.....

"Surfer" Hank Westmoreland would go on to drive the famous "Beachcomber" top fuel car of Don Johnson and the USA 1 turbine car as well, but he started shoeing for my grandparents fueler. Westmoreland arrived in summer of '67, and in the weeks before the Indy nats in august, he set the NHRA national et record of 6.88, unheard of at the time..The record itself was set in BB/FD by adding weight, but as Pink advised "go for the BB record and it will probably bump out the AA record too..he was right....
At the same time that Sneaky Pete Robinson and Tom McEwen were fighting for a 6.92 in Cali, the east coast was passing them by....

Surfer Hank at Cecil County....



from National Dragster...



Thanks to Westmoreland's awesome driving, nanny and pop were able to clinch the division one title that year....

When my grandparents parted ways with Hank, it was time to paint the car...once again it was sent to the west coast and finished off with a full body by Hanna and paint job by Cerny....now the need for a new talented shoe was filled by Tom Raley of Maryland, who drover the fueler through its hey day of the golden age of top fuel slingshots....





Heres a shot from fall testing at Etown in 67...new body and paint...and driver!



Beautiful...



Maple Grove Dragoway in early 68...





Shot with fans on the return road....



PAY TIME!!



with the closing of 1968, Raley had yet to break a record, albeit running hard as ever and consistantly..but 1969 would be a different story. New equiment was heading east again from the west coast... My grandma Alison began to become more involved at this time as chief mechanic and often did the tune up rather then my grandad..."If we cant be the california guys, we might as well use their parts to beat them"....

Were planning on going to York Saturday, so it might be a few days before i can scan more pics since the grandparents take em to the shows....will keep updated...thanks....

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Old 07-09-2009, 05:31 PM   #2
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Heres Hank Westmoreland in Don Johnson's "Beachcomber" at OCIR.....maybe two years after he set the record in my grandparents fueler....hell of a driver....





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Old 07-09-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
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Default Re: FAMILY DRAGSTER HISTORY...jim and alison lee...part 2..WITH PICS

Nice pics. Please feel free to post any of your family racing history. Not sure I ever saw your grandfolks race, but I remember the cars vividly from the magazine coverage at the time. Top notch stuff.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
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That's Darwin Doll handing Jim the winners check. He's the promoter of the York US30Reunion this weekend. I'm sure you'll see him there on Saturday.
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:03 PM   #5
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That's Darwin Doll handing Jim the winners check. He's the promoter of the York US30Reunion this weekend. I'm sure you'll see him there on Saturday.
thanks for the info rich..cant wait....

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Old 07-09-2009, 09:31 PM   #6
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East coast thanks for posting the pictures and story. I really enjoy all this old stuff as many others on here do
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:40 PM   #7
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Terrific stuff.
Thanks for posting both threads!
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Old 07-09-2009, 10:58 PM   #8
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Thats good stuff, I'd be proud of that history for sure.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:02 PM   #9
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Awesome! Must be pretty cool to have a motorhead Grandma!
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:16 PM   #10
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I keep repeating myself...great stuff, keep it coming!
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:00 AM   #11
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That's Buster Couch in the background of the first picture, chief starter for NHRA for many many years. I used to call him couch the grouch.

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Old 07-10-2009, 01:20 AM   #12
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How's the resto coming i haven't seen Brain in a while. I was wondering if it was almost done it was funny how he came to get ahold of it i saw some of his pic on we did it for love and i called him to see if he had some pic of my dads car. He called and told me and said he knew my dad back then and made me some prints for me and dropped the off at my shop. We got to bull chitin and i asked him if he liked the Jim and Alison lee car and he said it was his favorite. So i asked him if he wanted to know where to get it the car was hanging in a small garage a 1/2 hour from my shop i gave him a phone number and told him good luck but i think the guy needed some bucks and he mite get lucky 5 days latter he called and told me it was in his drive way. Hope to see it soon

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Old 07-10-2009, 07:16 AM   #13
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Somemore great history.
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Old 07-10-2009, 07:25 AM   #14
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cool shots and a great story to match...lots of cool history on both sides of the family tree...
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:04 AM   #15
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Great story about the nicest couple in drag racing. Hope to see all at York HAMB meet-n-greet 1 PM Sat in the lobby by the wooden horse.
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Old 07-10-2009, 09:46 AM   #16
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Right on brother.......great pictures.
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Old 07-10-2009, 10:59 AM   #17
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Great story! Hope to meet you (and others) sat at either Carlyle or York.
I can't tell you how much i enjoy this story, i have read many different books about FED racing and none of the professionally written books with the glitzy pictures captures the feel as much as your telling. Thanks, oj
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Old 07-10-2009, 11:47 AM   #18
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glad you all have found this of interest....between tryin to bust ass on my roadster, find parts and do fab work 8 hours a day, its been a lot of work.....but worth it...

Will be headin to York tommorow, and hopefully getting the grandparents to come over to the "meet and greet"....hope to see some of you people there....

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Old 07-10-2009, 12:09 PM   #19
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I said it before This is outstanding information and kudos to you for keeping it alive.
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:48 PM   #20
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had a good weekend at the York reunion.....met some legends, even got a quick on air interview with the grandparents ...and cool enuff, got a nice little envelope full of never before seen originals....

In the staging lanes..fillin it up with the sauce..check out the Wheeler Dealer AAFD from maryland in the background...killer.....mid '68



Working on the clutch....



New England Dragway...68....





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