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Old 06-22-2011, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default The Austin, Texas Trio



The 1990's brought on a renaissance period of sorts in the hippy town of Austin, TX. Guys like Steve Wertheimer reintroduced the town to traditional hot rods and customs to a level that is only matched by the west coast. It's been widely covered and ...

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Old 06-22-2011, 10:41 AM   #2
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Killer stuff Ryan.
And yes, lots of hot rod history here in Atex.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:00 AM   #3
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Drag racing in Texas was rampant in early 50's in just about every town you went to. Main streets on a Saturday night hosted about every configuration of car you could think of and was the best of times and plenty of competition for every body from mild to wild..
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:23 AM   #4
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Yeah Ryan, that thing is sooo cool. I love that time in drag racing before things got out of hand and all professional. The idea that a car club or a couple friends could still build something that was competitive is where my interests lay.

Couple of my favorite features on this car are....
CHROME ROLL BAR
LEVEL STANCE with perfect tire choices (motorcycle tires up front) and caps.
OLD ROCkET!!


Damn that thing is rad.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:28 AM   #5
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Very interesting cross between lakes type roadster and drag car.....NICE!
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:51 AM   #6
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Two Questions.
1. Is it still around?
2. Can it make it to the H.A.M.B. Drags?
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:14 PM   #7
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cool man! great story, love to learn about hotrod history! Good job on the research and story-look forward to more, keep up the excellent work!
Side-note: Interesting how there's 5 responses to this so far which is really what I feel the HAMB is all about, while the fear and loathing story, in comparison, blew up with a landslide of comments... hmmmm
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:11 PM   #8
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I'm fortunate to have an almost complete run of HR mags from '58 thru '60. Over the years I've practically memorized my favorite cars from repeated browsing through them, and this roadster's definitely among the top 20! Just a clean build with top notch workmanship evident throughout!

Any clue as to what color it was? White, yellow or pale blue, maybe?
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:56 PM   #9
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cool man! great story, love to learn about hotrod history! Good job on the research and story-look forward to more, keep up the excellent work!
Side-note: Interesting how there's 5 responses to this so far which is really what I feel the HAMB is all about, while the fear and loathing story, in comparison, blew up with a landslide of comments... hmmmm
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Old 06-22-2011, 04:39 PM   #10
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Great question about still being around. Many cars just seem to disappear.
Always questioned how such cool and neat cars could just "disappear".
Hey Ryan! Do more articles on racers and cars from Austin.
Thanks!
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:00 PM   #11
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Very neat car. Here's a later version of it that I found digging around on the web. From what I've read the car met its demise when it flipped at Little River.



and another article:


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Old 06-22-2011, 05:06 PM   #12
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Great roadster I love it the drag version those headers are awesome.

Ryan, you know why it has a dry lake roadster feel? It is because it was one. that is the ex-Art Tremaine roadster.





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Old 06-22-2011, 05:08 PM   #13
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Sweet little car!! With the chin spoiler(?) and belly pan, I wonder if they may have had Bonneville aspirations? Stay cool, Cat
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:09 PM   #14
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Love that car, here's another shot
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:44 PM   #15
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I doubt this is the same car/body, same team yeah. The 2 bodies have 2 major differences molded cowl and filled wheel arches.





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Old 06-22-2011, 05:55 PM   #16
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Love the level look and the polished moon covers.

Looks like it was pale yellow in the top photos?
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:59 PM   #17
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Nice Jimmy B.....you da man!
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:22 PM   #18
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I bet that thing sounded ungodly good with those long scavengers....wow.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:45 PM   #19
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I doubt this is the same car/body, same team yeah. The 2 bodies have 2 major differences molded cowl and filled wheel arches.



The pic of the car on the trailer with "Inferno" up front is when Linford McLemore owned the car after he bought it from Buck & Bohls. It is infact the same car. From what I've gathered, they sold the roadster so they could play with their dragster, pic below...
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:50 PM   #20
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This just epitomizes what the HAMB is about (and not because it's a Texas car). I can't wait to see where this thread ends up. Back at Little River, hopefully!
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