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Old 11-05-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:30 AM   #2
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i agree.. looks better...........
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:32 AM   #3
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The So-Cal and the Pearson Brothers coupe's have always been two of my favorite competition coupes ever built,.... I think there was a few pictures in Rodders Journal a number of years ago, with this car in primer after the "re-chop". (If memory serves me correctly)

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Old 11-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #4
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I agree, this is more "realistic", but the slammed job put it in the realm of unreal that was very exciting, may have coined the term "mailslot" tops from this beast. Fun to see it both ways, Thanx!! ~Sololobo~
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Old 11-05-2010, 10:52 AM   #5
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I agree that the "milder" chop looks better, but looks are not the priority on racecars.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:02 AM   #6
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The pre-ultra chop would make a fantastic street car. I like the proportions better too. Really flows, clean.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:02 AM   #7
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Its now on display at Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, Ca., after a magnificent restoration by Don Orosco.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:09 AM   #8
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I have always liked the nose and the general lines of the So-Cal car quite a bit more than the Pierson Bros. car. I have have actually pondered the same thing a time or two over the years, and I think I would have to side with you on this one. The radical final chop is cool and outrageous, but that first time around they just flat got it right.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:25 AM   #9
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Normally, the more chop the better I feel (with the exception of A tudors and coupes), but not in this case. The pre-hammered version is gorgeous.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:32 AM   #10
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It actually ran for a season before Alex bought it. It ran with a GMC 6 in it. Langhorn or Langthorn was the name. There is a picture of it on the salt in Hop Up, but I'm at work so can't get to it. The less chopped version is actually my favourite.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:51 AM   #11
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I can't say it looks "better" but it definitely looks more attainable or approachable. The really whacked version almost seems like Nannie Doss where and the unchopped version is more of a Bonnie Parker. One thing is for sure, with or with out the heavy chop the amount that engine is setback tells all that this thing is no joke.

I also like the seldom seen pics of it when it ran a 265 Chevy V8 in it as well.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:05 PM   #12
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Does anyone have pictures of the car during Jim Travis' ownership? It looked great in the blue and white paint.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:24 PM   #13
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I'm interested in the last photo, where it says Dave DeLangton killed in this car. I had never heard of any accidents or deaths related to it?
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:28 PM   #14
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I have a magazine at home that has a picture of it at Bonneville when it was called "Miss 400". If I remember right, it was 1955 and was competing against the Pierson Coupe. I think Moxley owned it at the time?
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:07 PM   #15
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I might be crazy, but I think that Jim Travis still races @ Bonneville........for some reason that name sticks in my cranium.

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Nope, I was wrong.......thru a Google search, he passed on in 2005.

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Old 11-05-2010, 02:49 PM   #16
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Jim Travis' #86 "B" engine class Competition Coupe (B/CC) in the pits @ Bonneville Speed Week - August 1990

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Old 11-05-2010, 03:35 PM   #17
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I agree that the "milder" chop looks better, but looks are not the priority on racecars.
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:31 PM   #18
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I'm interested in the last photo, where it says Dave DeLangton killed in this car. I had never heard of any accidents or deaths related to it?
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:51 PM   #19
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I might be crazy, but I think that Jim Travis still races @ Bonneville........for some reason that name sticks in my cranium.

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Nope, I was wrong.......thru a Google search, he passed on in 2005.

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I just saw Jim Travis at the CHRR, he was there with Danny Thompson as I recall.

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Old 11-05-2010, 06:06 PM   #20
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Yes, Dave Delangton was killed in the car in '53 or '54 at I believe Pamona. They were drag racing it at the time and the flywheel either exploded or came loose and got him. If I remember the story correctly, this is what made the decision with Alex to sell the car. If I'm not mistaken, Delangton was related to Alex as maybe brother in law or such. I'll look up the story later and fill in the inaccuracies.
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