I thought this was a neat picture to put up here, so here it goes. I needed to get a Model A radiator I had fixed in a hurry for a 400 mile trip I was taking in the '30 this Labor Day weekend. I called around to find out if there were any old timers in the Dallas area who were experienced with working on the old stuff and found out about Joe Watson at Watson Radiator in Irving, TX. I brought it down to him during my lunch break and started looking around his shop which looked like it had been around for 50 years. It was good to see that next to his work bench, he was working on two 37 Ford Truck radiators. While he was soldering on a new lower neck for me, I was looking at the pictures on his wall. I spotted a wrinkled picture of a young Joe Watson and another man sitting in a race car being pulled by a 40 Ford Sedan. License plate read 1949. I asked him about the car. "That there is E. A. Johnson's car (driver). He's long been dead now. It had a 100 horse Flathead V8 in it with dual carbs and Edlebrock heads. We used to run that car out at Suicide Bowl in Waco, Tx and at another track in Ft. Worth that I don't remember the name of now. We built that car around 1949 or 1950. I guess the license plates say 1949, so that's about when the car was built" I spotted the late 30's wide five wheels on the car, and you can make out that it's built on an A frame. It also has torque tube mufflers which he says are from a mid 30s Chevy driveline, but the whisbone bungs still present on them look Ford to me. He said he thought it was an in an out gear and that he remembered using the outside hand brake to quickly lock up the rear wheels while being pushed when he wanted to jamb the trans into gear and start the car. "once it was running, you just had to go! If you killed the car, it was over" He also remembered going around the track and using the brake to throw dirt up into the stands at the end of the race as they came around the corner. "I liked doing that alot" he said. I asked what happened to the car, and he said in the mid to late 50s, E.A. sold the car to some guy that turned the car into a street car and drove it. He didn't know much more about the car. In this picture, Joe Watson is the man standing on the trailer with his foot up on the wheel. I also got a side shot of the car. I asked if they were buick portholes, and he said they were just decorative circles. Suicide Bowl was a 1/4 mile dirt track in Waco Tx that saw a lot of Dallas racers testing their metal. A little history about the track... --------------------------------- Suicide Bowl After silt and drought rendered the old Lake Waco almost useless and before the new Lake Waco dam was built, a quarter-mile dirt racetrack known as the Suicide Bowl hosted races every weekend. The track was located just off Valley Mills Drive on Scyene Rd. then and now sits at the bottom near the center of the current lake. Harold McCain, 76, recalled promoting and driving in races at the track in 1956: "The Suicide Bowl was basically an old gravel pit that sat down in a hole," he said. "I remember people would park their cars on top of the banks in the turns and sit on their car hoods and watch the races. Drivers came from Dallas and all over the place to run on Friday nights." Despite its ominous name, McCain said he couldn't recall any driver being seriously hurt or killed during any races. Aw, nuts! ------------------------------------ Some other research I found was that they featured womens races, motorcycle races and midget car races on Sunday nights. The Gas Station in the background of the picture with the trailer and the 40 sedan is still there but now long closed. It's located at Irving Blvd and Main St. and was owned by EA Johnson and Thomas Earl Futz. In the side view picture, you can read "Irving Lumber Co" on the building in the background. Hope you enjoy the pictures, and if you know more info about the car, feel free to post! Oh yeah... the "A" made the 400 mile trip this weekend, drove into the night in the pouring rain and the radiator worked great the whole time! If you need something worked on, go see Joe. He's a great old guy with a passion for working on old stuff!