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Event Coverage 1st Bonneville for Me . . .

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Stan Back, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,075

    Stan Back
    from California

    Hope this doesn't upset too many. After all, it was in nineteen-seventy-two. But the cars would pass for earlier.

    My friend Phil Stevenson's wife had worn out their 55 Chevy wagon. He was a big early Cadillac V-8 fan. He got a 390 for fixing somebody's refrigerator. He plopped it in the wagon with the great Jet-Away transmission. He drove it at Fontana and El Mirage a few times, but decided he wanted to go to Bonneville.

    He needed to upgrade it. Phil got a 6-pot manifold for $20 after convincing the seller that it wasn't for a Chrysler, but a Cadillac – and he was the only known person that would buy it. I furnished my wastebasket of 12 to 14 "97" carbs. He rebuilt 4 of them, blocked off the center ones and drove it to Bonneville. He wanted to go 150, ended up going 149 and change if I remember. Back then they had an award for the fastest car driven there, and he won it. It's since been discontinued. I don't know for sure, but I'd guess driving it from outside Wendover would "qualify".

    Phil's Wagon copy.jpg

    The only change from the driven set-up was changing the back wheels to 18" Halibrands. One had a Bonneville tire on it, one had Indy tire on it, or so I was told. One was 3/4" taller than the other. Both were showing cords, but were stamped "Good for 180 MPH".

    Years later I ended up with the Halibrands.

    18" Hlaibrand.jpg
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2018
  2. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,075

    Stan Back
    from California

    Our friends from San Bernardino/Highland were there with their roadster. Notice the hood logo . . .

    amrhein 001 copy 2.jpg

    amrhein2 copy 2.jpg
  3. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,248

    51 mercules

    Cool! Thanks for posting!
  4. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,684

    from KCMO

    Cool, great photos

  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,005

    Jalopy Joker

    Thanks for sharing
  6. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,049


    Mr. Zig Zag at Bonneville! Great story and pics.
  7. Stan what happened to the roadster?
    Tell me tomorrow at the donut run
    kidcampbell71 likes this.

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