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History 1950s Bonneville: Color Pics from the Hassad Family Collection

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HEMI32, Jun 14, 2020.

  1. @Jim Hassad recently sent me digital scans of the 35mm Kodachrome slides (i.e., color transparencies) that his parents (Ira & Lois Hassad) shot at the 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, & 1959 Bonneville National Speed Trials ... and has asked me to share them with the H.A.M.B. community.

    Enjoy! ...
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2020

  2. 1954 (6th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1954 - #653 Guy Mabee Drilling Special Sports Car Open Body over 1500cc (Chrysler HEMI).jpg
    #653 - Guy Mabee Drilling Co. Special
    Midland, Texas
    Sports Car Over 1500cc Open Body
    Chrysler Hemi

    As we learned from @Ryan's The Hassad Roadster TJJ Blog (& resultant H.A.M.B. thread), Ira ran his #238 T Roadster (with supercharged Dodge Red Ram Hemi):

    Ira Hassad's #238 C Modified Roadster (from HRM - Nov. 1955 - pg 36).jpg Ira Hassad's #238 C Modified Roadster (from HRM - Nov. 1955 - pg 34).jpg
    ... in the C Modified Roadster class at the 1954 Bonneville Nats.

    Unfortunately, the roadster had a "supercharger mishap" (while in impound) and soon thereafter, a hailstorm put an end to the '54 event ... so the Hassad family packed up and headed back home to San Diego:

    1954 - Hassad 'Camper' after rainout.jpg
    a very young @Jim Hassad & his mother posing next to their "salt flat accommodations"*
    * NOTE: Mom & Dad slept in the "camper" and little Jimmy slept on the bench seat

    1954 - Ira Hassad after rainout.jpg
    Ira Hassad getting ready to leave the "not-so-dry lakes"​
     
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  3. 1956 (8th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1956 - #160 Ira Hassad's C Gas Roadster in line for start (1).jpg
    #160 - I. J. Hassad
    San Diego, Calif.
    C Gas Roadster
    Dodge
    Red Ram Hemi

    1956 - #160 Ira Hassad's C Gas Roadster in line for start (2).jpg
    A blurry "camera movement"pic* of Ira & Lois Hassad with the #160 C/G Roadster
    *
    I'm guessin' the photographer was a young @Jim Hassad who had difficulty holding the camera steady as he pressed its shutter button.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020

  4. 1956 (8th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1956 - #172 Chuck Porter Body Shop, Tom Ruddy, & Marty Weinstein C Modified Roadster.jpg
    #172 - Chuck Porter Body Shop, (Tom) Ruddy, & (Marty) Weinstein
    Beverly Hills, Calif.
    C Modified Roadster
    Ardun Merc
     
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  5. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 -  #7000 Jim Khougaz D Modified Roadster.jpg
    #7000 - Jim Khougaz
    Canoga Park, Calif.
    D Modified Roadster
    467ci Chrysler

    Jim Khougaz turned 212.76 mph in this svelte D-Modified Roadster at Bonneville in 1957. The rear-mounted engine was a bored and stroked, 467-cid Chrysler FirePower Hemi with eight carburetors on a Crower U-Fab intake. It developed 514-bhp on nitro-methane at 5700 rpm. The space frame, which Hot Rod Magazine said “would do credit to an Indy car,” was a beautifully handmade tubular affair with a built-in roll bar.

    After turning 207.85 mph in 1958, Khougaz broke an axle and the car flipped over:

    #7000 Jim Khougaz D Modified Roadster - Bonneville 1958 Crash.jpg
    ... Khougaz received a few arm burns, but survived to tell the tale.

    After the accident, the car was stored for decades ... complete with its eight carburetors stuffed with salt from the Bonneville rollover.

    The roadster was restored to its former glory by Jim Busby’s shop in Laguna Beach, California for Richard V. Munz of Madison, Wisconsin.

    Here it is at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance:

    #7000 Jim Khougaz D Modified Roadster at 2010 PBCdE.JPG
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2020

  6. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - SDRC Pits (1).jpg
    1957 - SDRC Pits (2).jpg
    The "San Diego Roadster Club" Pits

    #4 - John Cramer
    San Diego, Calif.
    B Modified Roadster
    259ci
    (ARDUN) Ford
    -
    #26 - Jack Harvey
    La Mesa, Calif.
    B Modified Roadster
    DeSoto
    HEMI
    -
    #444 - Vesco & Dinkins ("Little Giant")
    San Diego, Calif.
    X
    (Experimental) Class Streamliner
    182ci Ford
    &
    the VESCO BODY SHOP shop truck


    1957 - #26 Jack Harvey B Modified Roadster.jpg
    #26 - Jack Harvey
    La Mesa, Calif.
    B Modified Roadster
    DeSoto
    HEMI


    1957 - #4 John Cramer's (Ardun powered) B Modified Roadster on the trailer.jpg
    #4 - John Cramer
    San Diego, Calif.
    B Modified Roadster
    259ci (
    ARDUN) Ford


    1957 - #444 Vesco & Dinkins 'Little Giant' X (Experimental Class) Streamliner.jpg
    #444 - Vesco & Dinkins ("Little Giant")
    San Diego, Calif.
    X
    (Experimental) Class Streamliner
    182ci Ford



    1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #14 John Cramer (Ardun powered) B Modified Roadster.jpg
    #14 - John Cramer
    San Diego, Calif.
    B Modified Roadster

    259ci
    (ARDUN) Ford
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020

  7. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #5 & #51 Brissette Bros & Eichenhofer Belly Tank E & D Lakester.jpg
    #5 - Brissette Bros & Eichenhofer
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    E Lakester
    331ci
    (supercharged) Chrysler HEMI
    &
    #51 - Brissette Bros & Eichenhofer
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    D Lakester
    303ci
    (supercharged) Chrysler HEMI



    1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #1 Quincy Automotive, Brissette Bros & Eichenhofer Belly Tank D Lakester (1).jpg
    1958 - #1 Quincy Automotive, Brissette Bros & Eichenhofer Belly Tank D Lakester (2).jpg
    #1 - Quincy Automotive ~ Brissette Bros & Eichenhofer
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    D Lakester
    299.25ci Chrysler
    HEMI​
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2020 at 11:41 AM

  8. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #333 Swain~Hermann~Walker (2 HEMI) E Streamliner.jpg
    #333 - Swain~Herrmann~Walker
    Inglewood, Calif.
    E Streamliner
    710ci
    (two) Chrysler HEMIs
    NOTE: This 'liner is the third iteration of Chet Herbert's (circa 1953) #666 BEAST “4”



    1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #333 Herbert~Hermann~Walker (3 Chevy) E Streamliner.jpg
    #333 - Herbert~Herrmann~Walker
    E Streamliner
    1000ci
    (three) Chevrolets
    NOTE: This 'liner is the fourth iteration of Chet Herbert's (circa 1953) #666 “BEAST 4”
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2020

  9. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #1960 HRM Special 'Suddenly' D Coupe.jpg
    #1960 - 'Suddenly' (Hot Rod Magazine Special)
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    D Coupe
    400ci
    Chrysler
    HEMI​
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2020

  10. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #777 Kenz & Leslie 'Wynn's Friction Proofing Special' E Streamliner (1).jpg
    1957 - #777 Kenz & Leslie 'Wynn's Friction Proofing Special' E Streamliner (2).jpg
    #777 - Kenz & Leslie "Wynn's Friction Proofing Special"
    Denver, Colo.
    E Streamliner
    912ci
    (three) Fords

    NOTE: See @Jive-Bomber Jay's The Proof Is In The Performance TJJ Blog for video footage of the "Wynn's Friction Proofing Special" streamliner.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2020

  11. 1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #444 Vesco & Dinkins A Streamliner.jpg
    #444 - Vesco & Dinkins
    San Diego, Calif.
    A Streamliner
    183ci Ford
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2020

  12. 1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #25 Tom Beatty Automotive Engineering Belly Tank D Lakester.jpg
    #25 - Tom Beatty Automotive Engineering
    Burbank, Calif.
    D Lakester
    303ci
    (supercharged) Oldsmobile

    #36 - Cobbs Freudiger Engineering
    Santa Monica, Calif.
    C Modified Roadster
    258ci
    (supercharged) Chevrolet
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2020

  13. 1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #101 Bently & Waite B Modified Roadster.jpg
    #101 - Bently & Waite
    San Gabriel, Calif.
    B Modified Roadster
    257ci DeSoto
    HEMI​
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2020

  14. 1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #555 Thompson & Voigt E Streamliner.jpg
    #555 - (Mickey) Thompson & (Fritz) Voigt
    Bell, Calif.
    E Streamliner
    850ci
    (two) Chrysler HEMIs​
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2020

  15. 1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #999 Herda D Streamliner (1).jpg
    #999 - Herda & Hartelt ("ATTEMPT 1")
    Portola Valley, Calif.
    E Streamliner


    1958 - #999 Herda D Streamliner (2).jpg
    1958 - #999 Herda D Streamliner (3).jpg
    465ci (supercharged) Chrysler HEMI​
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2020

  16. 1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #245 George Butler (45ci Crosley) H Lakester (1).jpg
    #245 - George L. Butler
    San Bernardino, Calif.
    H Lakester
    45ci Crosley


    1958 - #245 George Butler (45ci Crosley) H Lakester (2).jpg
    A young @Jim Hassad & his father, Ira pose with the Butler's little Lakester

    1958 - #245 George Butler (45ci Crosley) H Lakester - with Ira Hassad in the cockpit.jpg
    "Big" Ira Hassad actually fit in the little Lakester​
     
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  17. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #201 Hansen & Anderson C Modified Roadster.jpg
    #201 - Hansen & Anderson
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    C Modified Roadster
    255ci
    (supercharged) Ford
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020

  18. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #256 Loros, Simmons & Hill D Comp. Coupe & Sedan.jpg
    #256 - Loros, Simmons, & Hill
    Ontario, Calif.
    D Competition Coupe
    389ci Chrysler
    HEMI​
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2020

  19. 1958 (10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1958 - #15 Belly Tank D Lakester.jpg
    #15 - ??????????
    D Lakester
     
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  20. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #126 B Roadster.jpg
    #126 - ??????????
    B Roadster
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2020

  21. 1957 (9th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 - #4xx Hashim's Automotive Special E Lakester.jpg
    #4?? - Hashim's Automotive Special
    Bakersfield, Calif.
    E Lakester
    392ci
    (supercharged) Chrysler HEMI​
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2020

  22. 1959 (11th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1959 - #333 Ermie Immerso's  KRAFT AUTO Special Streamliner (1).jpg
    1959 - #333 Ermie Immerso's  KRAFT AUTO Special Streamliner (2).jpg
    #333 - Ermie Immerso "KRAFT AUTO Special"
    Phoenix, Ariz.
    A Streamliner
    900ci
    (two supercharged) Chrysler HEMIs
    NOTE: This 'liner is the fifth iteration of Chet Herbert's (circa 1953) #666 “BEAST 4”


    More pics of Immerso's #333 "KRAFT AUTO Special" streamliner at the '59 B'ville Nats:

    Ermie Immerso shows up at '59 B'ville with old  Herbert liner.jpg 1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special at Speed Week.jpg
    1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special - Motor Trend photo by Bob D'Olivio.jpg 1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special end of run.jpg
    1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special on the trailer (1).JPG 1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special on the trailer (2).JPG 1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special on the trailer (3).JPG
    1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special in line.JPG 1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special push off (1).JPG 1959 - #333 KRAFT AUTO Special push off (2).JPG
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2020

  23. 1957 or 1958 (9th or 10th Annual Bonneville National Speed Trials)

    1957 or 58 - #206 Ted Frye Belly Tank D Lakester.jpg
    #206 - Ted Frye
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    D Lakester
    392ci Chrysler
    HEMI
    sponsored by "Iskenderian Cams" & "Lee's Auto Parts - Santa Monica"​
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
  24. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,417

    Stogy
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I echo @Jimmy B, thank you both @Jim Hassad and @HEMI32 for your efforts in presenting this to us...It's so many times hard to believe how long ago this was...Dry Lakes Gold...
     
  25. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 29,216

    loudbang
    Member

    Man GREAT history you come up with "The Best Stuff" @HEMI32
     
  26. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,405

    BrerHair
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Pure gold. Gorgeous. Thank you!
     
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  27. Fantastic photos! Thanks so much.
     
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  28. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,712

    flatheadpete
    Member
    from Burton, MI

    Nice!! When racecars were real cars built by real ppl....not big $$ corporations. Thanks so much for sharing.
     
  29. mlagusis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 975

    mlagusis
    Member

    Wow. Those are great photos. Thanks for sharing these with us!
     

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