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Event Coverage 1964 Bonneville Speed Week photo's

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jpierce, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. noboD
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    I saw it in 2012 at Salt Lake City art museum.
     
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    This one, mostly, is still in existence.
    Recently moved to the Upper Desert
     
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  3. Actually, the 'pilled up' salt is the pressure ridges that form when the salt dries. If you drive 'off course' at SpeedWeek, you find the ridges, am I saying there is not more salt then? No, as we know there was. But I would venture to say this years salt looks just like what was in '64, hard and long.
     
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  4. drofrockology
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    from Reno, NV

  5. tmf
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    Was this sitting in Whitter CA for a long time. I am fairly sure i remember seeing it in 2010 when i was over there.
     
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  6. drofrockology
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    That's Big Bill Edwards Chevy-powered Ranchero. He worked for Ak Miller Ent. in Pico Rivera in the 70s. I'm not sure where Bill lived.
     
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  7. LSL
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    Jeff - Geez, would you be willing to let me use a few of these in my next history book on Bonneville? It would be such a great aspect to feature photos by another gal. . .
     
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  8. It went to a friend of Ak Mller's,,, the doors were lost, and the roll cage, which wasn't much anyway. But the unique fenders with the turbo exhausts (twin) are there and the windshield still has the Speed Week inspection decals. Yes it moved from Whittier to the Upper Desert, near El Mirge Dry Lake Bed, appropriately.
     
  9. Get them before another 'publisher' makes a move.....
     
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  10. Kan Kustom
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    Wow ! While you were living that dream, many of us were living it through magazines. You lucky dog !
     
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  11. Amazing photos! Thanks to you @jpierce for posting and thanks to your mother – she has a great eye!
     
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    Watched the Red Head run in 1989 powered by an ARDUN I recall at least one spare engine in their pickup truck another ARDUN boy good times and memory's.
     
  13. It was 1990 when I was there and it was there then.
     
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  14. drofrockology
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    I think that was the year my brother drove.
     
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  15. I remember there was a lot of water and wind. Some pits were flooded a bit.
     
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  16. 40ragtopdown
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    Wow thank you.
     
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  17. ROCKER77
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    Thanks for the trip back in time, some great photos. Thank you for taking the time to post them
     
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  18. @jpierce - Wow! ... Your mother's color photos are wonderful! ... Thanks for sharing her (Kodachrome? or Ektachrome?) images from the 1964 Bonneville National Speed Trials!
     
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  19. Dan from Oakland
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    These picture are awesome! Just a few comments regarding a few cars- the red stude in post #4 and Don Alpenfelds that someone else commented on- I worked with Don's son Bill about 25 years ago in Richmond, CA. One day he said he had a bunch of old tools and odds and ends in his garage that belonged to his dad, and that he was moving and was going to toss them out and that I could have it all if I wanted it. At the time he just said that his dad "worked on cars". Many years later I made the connection due to their unusual last name. I still have the egg scale that I got from Bill and was obviously used by his dad to balance rods. Too bad all that hot rod history and his son was so uninterested! He never mentioned his dad was a LSR racer.
    On the #502 lakester in Post #5- pretty sure that is the Ralph Linde car that was built in the SF Bay Area. Linde worked at Lockheed in Sunnyvale while building the car. Later, the car was run as #46 with a D motor and put Jim Yriberry in the 2 Club in 1979 and then run later with an E motor. The car was run at the Muroc Reunion several times and Jim was kind enough to loan the car to Steve Nelson and he and I ran it at Bonneville for several years. Best we ever did with it was 227 on a 231 MPH record.
    On edit- see post #50, I see Steve posted a little history of the 502 lakester as well.
     
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  20. srt
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    Jeff, thanks to your mom for taking these photos and a big thanks to you for posting them. My dad Hans Thomsen knew your dad well and they were in high school together. I used to work at the garage in the early 70s.
     
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  22. srt
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    think bill lived over in south gate
     
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  23. The Ranchero is just a bare shell, motor and trans long gone.
     
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