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2012 HAMB drag videos

Discussion in 'H.A.M.B. Drag Nationals' started by Willy_P, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. Willy_P
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 689


    Hey Phil, my pleasure. It has been an interesting followup beyond just taking some videos. One cool story is from "Barn Find T/Mike Nicholas" from Colorado.
    My car is under construction, so I was only a spectator this year.
    When I went to Ryno's doughnut breakfast to watch the race prep, I saw Squirrel's 55 on the rack, and I thought he broke something, but he was actually swapping pumpkins before the race. Then I saw this COOL 32 deuce coupe with Moon hubcaps - it belongs to Seadog/Tom Hassell. We chatted for a few minutes, and I later learned he drove it 900 miles from North Carolina and raced it.
    Back to the story, I was making sure I got Seadogs runs recorded, and he was up against a black and white 57 ford. It was funny, because even when I was taking the video I could hear the kids in front of me yelling "Grandpaw! Grandpaw!", so I first titled it Seadog vs Grandpaw. I later realized I failed to get the racers names, so I have gradually been reaching out and getting feedback on who the HAMB drivers were.
    A week or so after the drags, I reading a blog by Poverty Flats/Paul Kruse
    He mentioned a friend of his and another friend who owned the black/white 57 ford - Barn Find T/Mike.
    I PM'd Mike to verify the details, and it was actually his dad StNick (Grandpaw) who was driving, and if I have it straight, he had not raced in 40 years.
    Mike shared a couple of HAMB links about the build and his dad that are VERY COOL - the build story up to racing at the 10th HAMB drag nationals. I only had time to skim it, but will go back and read it womb to tomb because there is some funny stuff in there - like his dad catching him taking the car to work on it while he (StNick)was in Denmark; and after the drags, getting back home in Colorado at 4am, and trailering the 57 over to some friends house and firing it up with open headers at 5am. I am 62 and he is older than me, but I hope I have his spunk when I finish my five seven and hopefully run it thru the MO-KAN time tunnel.
    If you are interested, the links are
    StNick on the HAMB
    Here's the build thread -
    And the story on the car -

    Seadog has a blog too, and describes his journey to and from the races.

    There are still a few unidentified racers, so I am patiently waiting on more feedback.
    How is you paintjob coming along?
  2. StNick
    Joined: Apr 23, 2007
    Posts: 49


    Phil - thanks for taking the time to document all these memories - Ole Stnick here - My son Mike and I finished the car on Thur night and left for MO-KAN - It has certainly been 40+ years since I was on a drag strip - Mike had to teach me about the new-fangled line locker - sure had fun with it - I'm 65+ years young and hope to hit Joplin again next year - this time with slicks - went there to lay rubber - and lay rubber we did - and had the grand boys cheering me on all the way - thx and do take time to go through the thread Mike put together on the "Stnick's 1957 Ford Custom Build" - it is a hoot - stnick
  3. Fang
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 21


    Hey Terry, My yella willys did back to back 12.4's at 107. Line'm up!

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