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Old 08-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Default Texans On The Quarter Mile - Part 3



So here are the last of the photos from the Bob Doty collection... I continued to be amazed by these. I think my favorite from this grouping is the diminutive little Eddie Hill dragster. At least, I assume it's Eddie's ride. I can imagine roaring dow...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:09 AM   #2
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Great stuff Ryan....thanks for posting this series.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:48 AM   #3
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Ryan & rwd95v - Thanks again for sharing this series with us! ... much appreciated!
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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Ryan,you assume correct...Eddie was still living Longview,Tx when he brought out that little car...I saw him run it sometime in 1955 or 6 at the Fly N Fish drags in the big city of Karnac,Tx..
The Fly N Fish was a fly in fishing lodge on Caddo Lake,they used the landing strip for the drags..
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:37 AM   #6
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Ryan,you assume correct...Eddie was still living Longview,Tx when he brought out that little car...I saw him run it sometime in 1955 or 6 at the Fly N Fish drags in the big city of Karnac,Tx..
The Fly N Fish was a fly in fishing lodge on Caddo Lake,they used the landing strip for the drags..
Man I gotta ask....Caddo Lake. Is that near the town of Caddo in Breckenridge County? My family hails from those parts.
Ryan, hope you know how much all these photos mean. Thanks a ton for sharing. Traction was king and not much was available. Love the set-back and high frame (weight transfer). Geez I love this stuff!
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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What's this? It looks to be some sort of turbocharged beast with a smaller motor in front of a larger one. Are they using the smaller one to start the larger one?

The picture of the car crashing, is that the '57 Chevy? Upon a closer look I see that picture 36 is a dragster toward the end of the strip, ( Damned eyes, it stinks getting old ).

Also I like the wheel covers on the dragster in the first picture.

Cool stuff and thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:53 AM   #8
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Like the old pictures. Thanks
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:02 AM   #9
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Excellent.
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Man I gotta ask....Caddo Lake. Is that near the town of Caddo in Breckenridge County? My family hails from those parts.
Truck Jim,,,,Caddo Lake is in NE Texas and extends into Louisana.. very big and swampy..better have a guide to navigate it or your lost
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:10 AM   #11
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Man, do these bring back fond memories when I was a kid at great lakes dragway in WI. Thanks boss, I feel warm and fuzzy.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:56 PM   #12
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Fantastic, love these photos.
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What's this? It looks to be some sort of turbocharged beast with a smaller motor in front of a larger one. Are they using the smaller one to start the larger one?

The picture of the car crashing, is that the '57 Chevy?

Also I like the wheel covers on the dragster in the first picture.

Cool stuff and thanks for sharing.
I wondered the same thing. With only 3 exhaust pipes visible, could that be a flathead buried under there with a potvin supercharger hanging out front?
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:37 PM   #14
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I wondered the same thing. With only 3 exhaust pipes visible, could that be a flathead buried under there with a potvin supercharger hanging out front?
Could it be an aircraft engine, like a Lycoming? I have no idea what is in front of it.
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:22 PM   #15
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Lotsa good stuff there! Eddie loved those Pontiacs, this must have been a precursor to the dual engine/4 slick version. Thanks,Cat
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:37 PM   #16
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I wondered the same thing. With only 3 exhaust pipes visible, could that be a flathead buried under there with a potvin supercharger hanging out front?
Kinda' looks like a Lycoming or Swearingen aircraft engine getting turbo boost from a smaller, maybe higher revving engine in the front????
Okay, H.A.M.B. Detectives, get to work!
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:03 PM   #17
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Great shots!! Thanks Bob and Ryan for hookin' up the HAMB folks. Outstanding!
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:13 PM   #18
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So here are the last of the photos from the Bob Doty collection... I continued to be amazed by these. I think my favorite from this grouping is the diminutive little Eddie Hill dragster. At least, I assume it's Eddie's ride. I can imagine roaring dow...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
I saw Eddie push start this car and make a "run" on a rural road near my house one evening. First dragster I ever saw in person. I was 10 or 11 years old. His first cars had those distinctive bells on the headers.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:02 PM   #19
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This can't be the last installment of pics. I'm gettin' greedy and gotta have more.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:26 PM   #20
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Bob,a friend of mine owned a Lockheed 10, and we flew into the "Fly N Fish" once for lunch.
Not the longest strip around......but great catfish!
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