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Old 02-17-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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Another day, another video from Terry Cook... This one came to me silent and features racing action from the 1955 Great Bend, 1956 Kansas City, and 1957 Oklahoma City events. While watching, I was struck by how similar each event feels to our own H.A...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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What an amazing contrast there is between the cars that ran in '55, '56 and '57 and those that ran just 10 years later, especially the dragsters.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:14 AM   #3
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things were sure a lot simpler back then,thanks for the video,it sure brings back a lot of good memories.thanks again
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
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Terry Cook is lately known mostly for his custom car involvement, but in the 60's he was a columnist for the legendary weekly publication, Drag News and in the 70's was editor of Hot Rod.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:08 PM   #5
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Great Ryan, reminds me of Half Moon Bay in the late 50's and Eagle field today.......................
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:19 PM   #6
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Perfect..yea.....Modern drag racing blows..... hard.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:57 PM   #7
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Great Video. I was struck by how much the crowds had grown from 1955 to 1957.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:14 PM   #8
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Nostalgia (Bowling Green, CHRR) drag racing is still cool.


Modern Big Show NHRA, is nice and loud but the rest of their show...definitely losing its appeal.

Maybe if they ran nitro in EVERYTHING! Pro Stock, all the Comp classes, bring back Pro Stock trucks running nitro....make the rivers run with NITRO!!!!


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Old 02-17-2011, 01:17 PM   #9
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My late older brother went to the Nats in 56 and I still have his program from the event.
I was never able to pin down wether he ran his '32 Vicky there or just drove it up and back
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:17 PM   #10
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Outstanding stuff! I see a few cars I think I recognize, Art Arfons jet dragster, possible Scorpion dragster, Gene Kidder of Omaha's red/white rpu. My hero George Roseland raced at the first Nats in Great Bend with a 40 coupe, and is still at it today with his teams 41 Stude coupe which will soon be on the salt flats breaking a goal of 200 mph. Thanx for the great memories. ~sololobo~
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:16 PM   #11
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Very cool video, love seeing the '50's stuff run.
Some recognizable cars in the mix too (good music choice also) .
Thanks for sharing that.
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:00 PM   #12
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terrydactile & Ryan -

Cool video ... Thanks for sharing!

Any video from the '58 OKC Nats?
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:09 PM   #13
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It took me a little while to locate more info on it, but one of the more interesting cars in the video is Lloyd Scott's creation known as the Bustle Bomb.



It first turns up at about the video's 44 second mark. It was a truly weird creation that had a 348ci Oldsmobile engine in the conventional location, but also a 391ci Cadillac engine dangling out beyond the rear axle. The result was the odd looking thing seen in the image above.


You can see some more images and read more about it HERE.

It's also been discussed in messages here from time to time (of course) and a search on "Bustle Bomb" will turn up a bunch of discussions where it was at least mentioned.

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Old 02-17-2011, 03:28 PM   #14
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Well filmed, if a little blown out in many places. Really captures the "relaxed and doin' it for fun" feeling of the times. Thanks Terry and Ryan.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:06 PM   #15
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That's someting I've always strived for:Simplicity and fun...if it ain't got both,it don't got me.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:08 PM   #16
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The Bean Bandits yellow dragster at 1:57 during the Great Bend portion.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:50 PM   #17
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And in color, too! Love the old footage, great post.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:03 PM   #18
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The thing that ruined drag was racing was green and smells a bit like swass, yup, money. If money got a toe in the HAMB drags it would do the same thing, thank god it's held at bay. About the only big event that did not get ruined is B- Ville. This is a great video, and I always enjoy the music, you should have been a Music choreographer, Gershwin has got nothin' on you. Thanks
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:31 PM   #19
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That video was great!
And shmoozo,thanks for the link to the additional info on the Bustle Bomb.My grampa(Toby Cagle) worked alongside Noel Timney in machining/fabricating the dog style clutch set up on that thing.
Also mentioned in the link was the use of disc brakes on that car.My grampa also designed & built the brakes for it.
Thanks again for the video & yes the music fit right in.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:32 PM   #20
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Yeah, many of the dragsters look like modified circle track cars. Some resemble cars I have built for pine wood derby..
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