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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. Shutter Speed
    Joined: Feb 2, 2017
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    Shutter Speed

    This is GREAT!
    Been once...puts me right back there!
    Much thanks!
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  2. I started this thread one month ago today ... and have been successful in positively identifying all but three (3) of the Bonneville racecars in the Hassad Family photo Collection.

    I've exhausted all of my resources (i.e., '50s Bonneville programs, '50s rodding magazines, Bonneville & Dry Lakes Racing books, & Bonneville Racing veterans) ... but still have NO "concrete proof" who ran:

    ... this #126 B Roadster at Bonneville in '57, '58, or '59:

    195x - #126 B Roadster.jpg
    ... this Lakester (from Bakersfield, Calif.) at Bonneville in '57, '58, or '59:

    195x - #4xx Lakester.jpg
    ... or this #15 D Lakester at Bonneville in '58 ... Note that Charlie Markley thought this might be the same tank that got Lloyd Scott into the "2-Club" in '57:

    1958 - #15 Belly Tank D Lakester.jpg

    Any help identifying any of them would be greatly appreciated!
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2020
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  3. The build quality of all of these vehicles is unbelievable.
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  4. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 2,574

    Speed Gems

    The meddle car could be a reconfiguration of this one from Hot Rod Feb 55.
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  5. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,103


    sweet images, great details, thanx so much a pure joy
  6. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 2,574

    Speed Gems

    @HEMI32 I put these pictures on some land speed Facebook pages and someone said the purple car may have been Ernie Hashim.
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  7. @Speed Gems - Thanks!

    I had posted those same 3 pics on a few LSR Facebook groups last month ... I got some leads on the purple Lakester (sponsored by “Hubbard’s Chrysler Plymouth” of Bakersfield) ... but no one mentioned the late Ernie Hashim (of the “Smoker’s March Meet" fame).

    UPDATE #1: Found some vintage photos of Ernie Hashim's belly tank bodied dragster:

    Bakersfield mayor Manuel J. Carnakis & Ernie Hashim.jpg
    Manuel J. Carnakis (Bakersfield Mayor 1954-1956) & Ernie Hashim with Ernie's dragster
    image from the Bakersfield Smokers Drag Racing website

    Hashim, Hylton, and Crossley belly tank body dragster.jpg
    Bakersfield-based "Hashim, Hylton, and Crossley" belly tank body dragster.
    image from the @George Klass and/or @296ardun's archives

    Bakersfield Smokers top fuel meet at Minter Field in 1955.jpg
    image from @ttwomotor 's archives

    UPDATE #2: Found this on page 64 of the November 1957 issue of HOT ROD magazine:

    excerpt from page 64 of the November 1957 issue of HRM.jpg
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2020
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  8. So many great photo's, thank you for taking the time to share.

    BTW, anyone besides me notice how many '57 Fords are in the back ground? HRP
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