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1954 Mobilgas Film "Show 'Em the road"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Being I am always on the look for '54 Fords I ran across this video and not only does it have Fords,but Chevys ,Buicks and Studebakers, and it relates to young guys in cars clubs on a designated destination and conserving gas.

    Interesting that they had Ralph DePalma helping,,I'll be the first to admit it's dull but the cars are cool because most were brand new. HRP

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    Last edited: Dec 28, 2012
  2. dad-bud
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 3,884


    That's awesome HRP.
    Thanks for sourcing and posting it for us to see.
  3. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,187

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool - Thanks for posting. Ha- a free trip to Las Vegas, bet there were a lot of volunteers for that run. wonder how many of the then "youth" are still around, and the car clubs.
  4. snaptwo
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 696


    Neat old coverage. I remember those Mobilgas runs , they used every trick in the book to get mileage , rock hard tires , coasting whenever , anything to keep the RPM per mile down. This was with 35 cent gas.

  5. waldo53
    Joined: Jan 26, 2010
    Posts: 861

    from ID

    Nice video, thanks for posting. I grew up in Barstow, and in 1954 I was 14 years old. So, I probably was in town that day but I don't remember seeing this (probably at the movies). It was neat to see the footage of the way Barstow looked back then. Remember too, that all the footage from Cajon Pass and on into Barstow took place on the "mother road", Rt. 66. If you look carefully at the refuel footage in Barstow you can see a Rt. 66 sign. The "Barstow Bridge" as they called it was the Viaduct, it"s still there, and carried traffic across the Santa Fe yard on the way out of town towards Vegas. Of course now, the freeway bypasses Barstow altogether.
  6. lawman
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,665


    Great Vid !!!!!!! Thank's for posting.
  7. Some of the clubs were:

    T-Timers (Santa Monica)

    The Huns (Lynwood) driver John Cannon

    Cut Outs (Long Beach) driver Simpson

    Drag Wagons Car Club (Maywood) driver Danny Washburn

    Buccaneers Car Club (Compton)

    Angles Car Club

    Capri Car Club (Arcadia) driver Jim Hummer

    Peace Officers Car Club Association

    Rod Benders (Pasadena) Phil Shifinbacker


    Idlers Car Club (Bell) driver Jerry Maxwell

    I checked and none of these clubs are listed as current. HRP
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2012
  8. Tnomoldw
    Joined: Dec 5, 2012
    Posts: 1,563


    Great video,It looks the same as when I was there in 1980. I hear it,s all new. Tnomoldw ,,,,,,
    ''I wanna go where the lights are low where I can go'n spend my dough an dance with the dolly with the wooden leg''
  9. I had one of those hats in 1960, gift from new opening of a Mobil station. Wore it thread-bare.
  10. two488
    Joined: Nov 16, 2010
    Posts: 45


    Nice to see film of our 'old' cars back when they were the new cars of the day!
  11. Cool, Thanks for the post.
  12. "Being I am always on the look for '54 Fords ..." .... HRP

    ...... 52 do?

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  13. chudm71
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 55

    from Perryton

    Great Vid thanks for posting.
  14. Emperor Chris
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 469

    Emperor Chris
    from Nor Cal
    1. Upholstery

    I wonder what car club in Barstow was helping at the gas station? I know ther was a Victorville chapter of T-Timers. A cool spot in the video is at 20:20 when the car club guys were walking on the strip in Las Vegas.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2012
  15. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    cool video, Go Whittier (my hometown)
  16. Sam,52-54 Fords share the same basic body style and I like them all but since I owned a '54 as a teenager and have a long history with the '54 Ranch Wagon I have recently finished plus being a moderator on the '54 Ford Club of America forum,,,"I am always on the look out for '54 Fords..":D HRP
  17. I think this is what evolved into the Mobilgas Economy Run. My uncle participated in 1958 and turned in the best miles-per-gallon average for low priced cars (20.8870 mpg) in a '58 Ford Custom 300. By 1958 the test run was up to a 1,883 mile journey from L.A. to Galveston, Texas. This was carrying a co-pilot and two USAC observers during the entire trip. He used to enjoy telling us about all of the tricks he used to gain the best mileage.....................................Don.
  18. You are correct,,this was the 1st Annual Youth-Safety Economy Run held on May 16-17,1954 and they traveled 663 Miles.

    I find it interesting that all the car dealers and police departments came together with Mobilgas to make something like this happen and get involved with all the local car clubs.

    Don,was your uncle in one of the clubs at the time in 1958? HRP
  19. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    Shame about all the 4 drs.:D 31.9 a gallon... kinda high....I was paying 32.9 in 1964 ten years later in Md. It was cool to see Vegas back in the day before the strip got so big. I loved all the chromed tag frames.
  20. waldo53
    Joined: Jan 26, 2010
    Posts: 861

    from ID

    It was probably the T-Timers in Barstow. They were very active back in those days. I had one of their plaques that a member gave me when I was 16 and cruising my '48 Fleetline around town. But he told me not to put it on my car since I wasn't a member. Had that plaque for years but finally lost it on one of the moves we made. Wish I had it back!
  21. .......I can't say yes or no with any certainty HRP. I was living in Tennessee at the time and only saw him once every few yrs. when he would drive across country for a visit. He worked for many yrs. on the Ford assembly line in L.A. and passed away in 1976.
  22. FAST57F100
    Joined: Oct 8, 2011
    Posts: 74

    from Washington

    Hey HRP, how about this neat 54 Vic sitting in the shed since 1966! It would look great next to your wagon.

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  23. Yes it would,,,but as much as we love the wagon I don't have any desire to tackle another '54. HRP
  24. .......I just checked with my cousin (his son) who is now in his 70's and also retired from Ford. He stated that at that time his Dad had two kids and a wife to care for and the "club scene" still had a bad rep with the authorities and general public, so no he didn't belong to any of the many car clubs in SoCal. He was a long time member of the more "respectable" Elks.:)
  25. barstowpo
    Joined: Jun 27, 2012
    Posts: 232


    A lot of those buildings are still in Barstow. The bridge is now the 1st Street bridge. It passes by the second Del Taco.

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