This thread documents my trip to Speed Week in 40 COOP, my chopped and channeled '40 Ford Coupe. I am asking that readers do not post any comments/replies to this thread. Instead, please add any comments to the following thread: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=724308 August 6, 2012 Hello again folks. Irish Jr. here and I'm heading back to The Bonneville Salt Flats again. This time I'm going in 40 COOP. I am keeping this really short tonight. I am in Columbus, where I picked up my fellow Rusty Nut, Jay Fitzhugh, at the Columbus Airport. Jay is pinch hitting for my brother-in-law, Winston Campbell, who could not join me on my trip due to family health issues. But more about that and the background on the trip tomorrow. I'm tired The second pic is of Winston, Jan, Jay, and me at dinner tonight. Talk to you tomorrow as I head back to the Salt. Regards, Jim Ireland, AKA Irish Jr. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX August 7, 2012 Hello again from the westbound road. Sorry last nights message was so brief. I was dog tired. The alternate title for this trip could be called COOP TO COUPE. I am heading out to Bonneville to meet up with the Doug Rice Coupe. This is a 1939 Ford coupe that was featured in the December 1954 issue of Hot Rod Magazine entitled Bonneville Boomer. It was photographed at Bonneville where Doug Rice actually competed with it in 1953 and 1954: The car is chopped and channeled and this is the car that made me fall in love with 1939-40 Fords in 1957. For the non-street rod people, chopping is cutting the height of the top down by cutting a horizontal slice out of the top and welding it back together and channeling is dropping the body over the frame to even further lower the overall height of the car. This is no easy task on a fat-fendered 1939-40 Ford Coupe. When channeling, the fenders are usually left in their original position, so the mounting of the rear fenders has to be modified and the hood has to have a section taken out of it. Where's Irish Jr. in this 1957 picture of Mr. Andress' 7th grade homeroom at Orange School? These are before and after pics of 40 COOP to illustrate the work involved in channeling. I chopped it in 1979: So, anyway, back a long time ago, I was hooked on the style of the 40 Ford Coupe and dreamed of meeting up with my hero car .the Bonneville Boomer. This is the year it was destined to happen and I've named my quest COOP to COUPE as shown in this pic: The Bonneville Boomer is now owned by Don Richardson of Hoquiam, Washington, who restored it in 1983 (but with a Chevy motor rather than the original '48 Mercury Flathead) Don owns Richardson Custom Autobody in Hoquiam,where he transforms street rods and custom cars. He went to Bonneville for the first time a few years back and got Salt Fever. This has compelled him to return every year. Last year he even put the numbers back on the Bonneville Boomer. 2012 is significant for me. Besides just getting old, I celebrate owning 40 COOP for 40 years and I graduated from Orange High School, in the Cleveland, area 50 years ago. I am going to close for now. I have had some problems along the way and even before I left. I will tell you about those tomorrow. It will be more interesting than describing the drive across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska. Bye for now, Jim Ireland, AKA Irish Jr.