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Old 05-21-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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When people ask me who my favorite historical hot rod figure is I always blurt out the same name - Mal Hooper. And it's funny, because I don't really know a lot about who Mal was or what he did. There just hasn't been much reported on him. In fact, I...

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Old 05-21-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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A beautiful car!
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:56 AM   #3
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Fantastic Ryan. Your writing really gives another dimension to the photos and brings them to life and gets the imagination going. My write up would be "Here are some photos, enjoy"!

Tiny correction it was the left front that exploded.


Such a beautiful streamliner,


Something that has had me intrigued is the construction shots show a streamliner with an uncanny resemblance to Fred Carrillo's '53 liner yet it isn't. Fred can be seen in some of the build shots, so he had a hand in it.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:58 AM   #4
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awesome...anything land speed always is.... thanks to both of you for sharing.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:25 AM   #5
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Tiny correction it was the left front that exploded.
Are you sure? Source? Dean Batchelor wrote that it was the Right Front. Not that it matters at all really...
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:48 AM   #6
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Sexy car, the thought of all that glass work scares me
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:52 AM   #7
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Those pictures are amazing.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:44 PM   #8
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can any one tell me about Steve Pick he had machine shop in LA in 50's-70's. I worked for him in Billings Mt I enjoyed working for him he had a lot of storyes.He had some wild cnc machines. thanks
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:12 PM   #9
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That shot of him with the tire is a little spooky.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #10
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Great pictures.. Old film shots are my favorite.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:53 PM   #11
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Kevin Bacon told Dean Batchelor!

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Great pictures!
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #12
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Ryan & Jimmy B ... Great stuff! ... Thanks for sharing!



NOTE: Also checkout Ryan's No Mal & Si Mal Blogs & resultant threads.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:44 PM   #13
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These are great historical pics and dare I say that it is only because of the people in and around the HAMB community that the truths of hotrod history are finally making it out of the shoes boxes/closets and into a new era of history books.

I don't know if any here have noticed that when you do a Google search on this-or-that hot rodder/car,
more often than not Google points you to this very forum.

It is becoming tremendously hard for the 'janets' of this world to deny the existence, or maybe the importance of the average back yard mechanic when it is those same shade tree joe's that continually share their collections of hotroddings fragmented history.

Cheers, Jimmy B,
Cheers HAMB
and even a cheers to 'Janet' for just making us all aware of how this world would be if we didn't have
places like this to share.




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Old 05-21-2012, 04:20 PM   #14
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When Frank Morawski and I found a Bonneville roadster in Indy, it was the reversed gas and brake pedals that positivly identified it to be Fred Carrillo's 1951-52 modified. Due to his foot/leg injury in the first 'liner, he needed to reverse the pedals to allow his stronger leg to push the most important pedal.

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Old 05-21-2012, 04:23 PM   #15
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I remember seeing the picts of the carnage somewhere, Parts all over the place with the engine just "tossed" there...
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:55 PM   #16
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Are you sure? Source? Dean Batchelor wrote that it was the Right Front. Not that it matters at all really...
Yeah I'm sure. Pictures of the wreck shows the right wheel attached. The way the car rolls indicates a rollover caused by left giving out. "Dry Lakes and Drag Strips: The American Hot Rod" mentions the left front. The Rodders Journal article "The Fred Carrillo Story" also mentions the left front as the cause.


The Halibrand magnesium wheels were faulty with hydrogen bubbles thru out the castings, they were found when it was X-rayed. The wheels were incorrectly cast. Excessive tyre pressure which the Firestone rep advised to do was also a factor. Team were running 60psi Firestone suggested 90psi. Maybe if the pressure wasn't so high maybe the rim would have held and it may have had a different ending.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:45 PM   #17
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I would love to see the Carrillo Liner recreated, it was the most advance streamliner of its time and had it not been for the wheel would have been the most celebrated streamliner of the 50s but fate had other plans.

Fred and Bob Betz first modified roadster. Later ran by Jack Stecker then Cagle/Fuggat. Car exists in the collection of Jim Lattin.


Second roadster as ran in 1951 (primer). (Photo posted on the HAMB)

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Owned & restored by HAMB member Frank Morawski Helped of course by Rich Venza, JustplainJ, HrmK (John).
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:20 PM   #18
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Tiny correction it was the left front that exploded.
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Are you sure? Source? Dean Batchelor wrote that it was the Right Front. Not that it matters at all really...
Right is left and left is right down under maybe? I always heard toilets swirl backwards south of the equator...

Great bunch of pics, Jamie--awful good of you to share your scores
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:52 PM   #19
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For me..........MAGICAL!!!
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:21 PM   #20
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Cool how in Ryan's post, the photos morph through black and white to colour ... almost like the project itself is being realised and coming alive ...
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