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History Across the Pond and Back Again.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Across the Pond and Back Again.


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  2. chickenshift
    Joined: Feb 14, 2010
    Posts: 347


    Awesome. I love the short wheelbase FED's
  3. hotrod_willie
    Joined: Mar 10, 2004
    Posts: 769


    Very happy to see the car finds it way back home. I saw the car at Wasted Willie estate. I thought the car might have history. Way it was build and the body be built by Hageman body. Good Luck
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  4. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Thanks for the extra pictures!
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  5. hotrod_willie
    Joined: Mar 10, 2004
    Posts: 769


    I am very happy that the car found its way back home. Love to see history being saved in this old race cars and old hotrods. At the time I could not do much research on the car. Everything happens for reason. Peace.
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  6. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,661


    SO DAMN COOL! Can't wait to see more on this one.......................
  7. First he is a dead serious modified racer, then he moves down South and wins a mess of 'Cup races as a crew chief, later he swings by The Race of Gentlemen and makes the scene and now you're telling me that Ray Evernham helped get this car with such a great history back to it's rightful owner?!?!? This Ray Evernham feller is getting cooler by the day!! ;)
  8. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 885


    Very Sweet! It's really cool that the frame was never lengthened or otherwise mutilated. Can't wait to see the finished car.
  9. ukgav
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 295


    My Dad has fond memories of seeing this car run at the 64 dragfest here in the UK. Here is a picture he took of the car at that time. Great to hear it is back with the original owner.
  10. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,197


    I love happy endings.Great to see it back in Mr. Keiths hands.
  11. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 193

    from devore, Ca

    Great story. These short wheelbase FEDs were always cool and they still are after all these years. Very cool of Ray Evernham to get it back to its original owner.
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  12. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,622


    Ray must have lots of carnections, hope he finds more!
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  13. Here's some B&W photos of the "Dos Palmos Special" dragster while it was across the pond ...

    ... circa 1964 (Bob Keith / Gary Goodnight / Maurice Williamson):

    1964 - #45 Dos Palmos.jpg
    1964 - #45 Dos Palmos with Fremont Drag Strip jackets.jpg
    1964 - #45 Dos Palmos in pits with Garlits @ Blackbushe.jpg
    ... and circa 1965 (Croft Drag Racing Partnership):

    1965 - #45 Dos Palmos (Croft Partnership) @ Blackbushe 1.jpg
    1965 - #45 Dos Palmos (Croft Partnership) @ Blackbushe 2.jpg
    1965 - #227 Dos Palmos Spl @ Blackbushe Shonfield.jpg
    1965 - #227 Dos Palmos (Norman Barclay)  vs. Allan Allard.jpg
    1965 - #227 Dos Palmos.jpg
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  14. Curt Six
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 845

    Curt Six

    That's really cool. Did that Drag Fest Reunion ever happen last year? I know it was scheduled for the summer and Bob Keith was supposed to be there, but I thought they hit some sort of snag.

    I was fortunate to talk to Ivo and Don Garlits about that first Drag Fest trip for a small piece we did in TRJ on the 50th anniversary. Some of the stories were hilarious. Apparently in England at the time when kids were learning how to drive they got a green plate with an "L" put on their car. Ivo said he got a couple of them and stuck them on the Swamp Rat. I guess they blew off when Big Daddy turned top speed/low ET of the whole event at 197/8.12 (though Ivo won the last race). Those guys all must have had a ball over there.

    Cool that the car's back in the states.
  15. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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    Buddy Palumbo

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  17. hotrod_willie
    Joined: Mar 10, 2004
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    I saw the rail on Ray's TV show last night. The rails looks amazing. Always great to see history saved.
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  18. reefer
    Joined: Oct 17, 2001
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    Last edited: Apr 1, 2016
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  20. Agreed! ... I really enjoyed that episode ... but was saddened to hear that @bob keith had passed away before seeing the restoration of the dragster completed :(

    Here's the preview of the AmeriCarna "Dragster Diplomacy" episode:

    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016
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  21. rgdavid
    Joined: Feb 3, 2014
    Posts: 345


    Lovely car, and so nice to beback with the builder, its led a fun life.
    What wheelbase is it ?
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  22. .............Great story! Love it.

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