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Old 07-02-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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Default Puyallup Valley Raceway 1961



In the early 1960's, Bill Dake and his buddy Jon would pester their parents relentlessly almost every week. If they made enough noise, they figured, their folks would almost certainly drop them off at the drags for a day of speed and power that weeke...

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Old 07-02-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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Those are some bad ass pictures!
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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Even the tow vehicles are sweet.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:07 AM   #4
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That Vicky is crazy cool! Great Pics!
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #5
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I have to say I dig that Vicky too.

Here's another good picture of it – I'm guessing it's later because of the more sophisticated lettering. (Pic found on the HAMB)

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Old 07-02-2012, 09:20 AM   #6
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That Channeled 36 Ford 5 window with the zoomies pointing upward and chrome reversed wheels on the back has shown me that 36 Fords can look good without fenders on them...that thing has so much attitude. That stance is perfect, the wheels are positioned so well in proportion to the car. not a fan of its hood scoop though, but thats it. love the hood top and the stock 36 grill with the bottom whacked off of it.....that thing rules
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:24 AM   #7
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I'm diggin' the Mooney & Sharp coupe!
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:31 AM   #8
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That Vic was dubbed the "Dukes Destroyer", a local car here. Sadley it crashed and was totaled. The chassis is Henry J...the Vicky came after the J body was destroyed in a crash
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:46 AM   #9
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Dig em all! Look for the 55 Nomad. Newest car I see is 64 or 65.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:52 AM   #10
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Here's a couple more (crappy) pics of the destroyer.








Sorry if this is OT, But here is another car that I think Vern Massie was involved in- this 1940 Ford. These pics are at Deer Park drag strip here near Spokane. I remember this car in a barn when I was a kid. The roof had caved in and the 40 was the only thing holding it up. It was at my good friend Tim Hein's family farm. He later restored the car (most of the paint AND the lettering are still original!). Some of these names- Don Wilbur, Gene Kicha, etc are still around.

























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Old 07-02-2012, 09:55 AM   #11
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Amazing pics........the history of Hot Rods and Customs in the PNW is huge and varied....which made me very happy after I moved here.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:57 AM   #12
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WOW! These are some great picts. Chris, I really like the shot of the '40 being flat towed. That's how we did it!
You guys are bringing back some great memories. Thanks!
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:30 AM   #13
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Great pics, I was lucky enough to go to Puyallup once in 1963, some of those photos were probably taken that weekend. It was a Garlits vs Ivo race, Mooneyham and Sharp was there as well. The blown Pontiac roadster looks like Pappy Hartman, The Flathead Dragster is Gerry Anderson, the Willys Pu. with the blown Olds is Lewis and Harry both cars out of the Slo Poks of Vancouver, Wa. I remember the Willys 4 door, always wondered who that was.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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Good stuff! Always love seeing more NW history!

Pictures 8 and 9 looks a little like the Stellings & Hampshire car. Does anyone know who it is?

Here's an ariel view of the track from 1961
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:53 AM   #15
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I have a photo of Jerry Goddard's F.E.D. smokin at half track there
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:18 AM   #16
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Cool stuff! The GM Auto Sales Willys is in there too. Currently residing in a HAMBers shop in Puyallup awaiting resto.
Now, how many of you can correctly pronounce Puyallup!?! Hahaha.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:24 AM   #17
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Great photos and a few memories. I went out there with my dad a couple of times in the early 60's and with a friend in 1966 to race. That must have been a ride for the faster cars going up over the hump at the end of the track at any speed.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #18
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PEW- YALL- UP! I've lived there. Neat town. Great pictures. Never got a chance to go to that track before it closed down. I wish I had.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:31 AM   #19
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Grew up there, "Thun Field" (original name of the strip) was my home track...those pics bring back alot of memories, thanks Ryan.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #20
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it's pyew al-up

great pictures
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