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Folks Of Interest Actor Robert Stack / Eliot Ness Gow Job 1938

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Wisenheimer, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. Wisenheimer
    Joined: Dec 21, 2006
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    Hot Rod Nov '61 did this feature on actor Robert Stacks old Muroc dry lakes 30/31 roadster. As far back as 1938 Bob ran this Cragar ohv converted four banger tuned by Al Jepson of Hollywood to a speed of 115.68. The four banger had twin Winfield carbs with a Winfield cam. Thats Bob at the wheel with the goggles and he appears to be running a deuce rad shell. Neat stuff. Any other pic's of this floating around ?

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  2. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
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    CRS is hampering my ability to remember where I saw another pic of Robt. Stack and his roadster (maybe TRJ?!)....

    Robert Stack was a cool actor.
  3. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
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    Tight ride!
  4. scruff
    Joined: Apr 11, 2004
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    There was at least one other pic in one of the first Montgomery books.
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  5. Cut55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,979

    from WA

    Shirley Temple's brother was a rodder/lakes racer too. I think I saw a photo of him in a roadster in a Montgomery book.
  6. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    I think he was a pilot as well, and somehow envolved with the replica Whitehead aeroplane 15-20 years ago.
  7. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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    frank spittle

    WOW this is news to me. I have never heard or read about Robert Stack being a racer!!!!!!!!!!! I was an avid Elliot Ness TV fan though back in the day.
  8. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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    heres a pic of Robert Stack on the set of the "Untouchables" out of my private collection. I think i have the only one of this shot.

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  9. Zookeeper
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
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    Lots old actors were car and bike guys. I once read that Clark Gable raced speedway bikes in his prime.
  10. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
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    from NJ

    In the Art Bagnall book about Roy Richter and Bell Auto Parts on page 17 theres a copy of a receipt from where Clark Gable bought a complete Crager head, valve springs and an intake from Bell Auto Parts in 1936 ! Total cost, $ 76.32 ! Those were the days.
  11. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
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    Heck yeah that's a supercharger. Cool. Blow 4 banger! :D
  12. BarneyO
    Joined: Nov 8, 2007
    Posts: 134

    from here

    Looks like it could be a 30's McCullogh charger.
  13. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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    HAHA, thats cool.................he should have done an episode of Unsolved Mysteries on the whereabouts of Stu Hilborns Streamliner.
  14. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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    heres a pic of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on the cover of Hot Rod 1954?

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  15. Lowlife
    Joined: Dec 8, 2001
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    from MO. USA

    I liberated this article from the library years ago.

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  16. Dago 88
    Joined: Mar 4, 2006
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    Dago 88

    There is a small photo of him sitting in his roadster in Hot Rod history No1 by Tex Smith on page 181
    Cheers Dago
  17. Verne
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 82

    from Burbank

    Theres a cool letter from and an old photo of Robert Stack and his roadster on display at the NHRA museum in Pomona. If you've never been to the NHRA museum, it's a must when your in So Cal.
  18. VespaJay
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
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    Here's a page from a "gentleman's" mag I scanned a few years back (can't recall the title) with Robert Stack, George Temple, Bob Rufi, and Eddie Meyer. Looks like the same session as the Wally Parks pic above?

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    man great stuff i new robert stack was a racer and so was george temple. you never hear anything more about george did he continue to race or he just get out of it? he had good money so you know his roadster was the shit. billy
  20. the things that you learn only on the HAMB
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  21. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
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    from Colorado

    Bob Petersen and Robert Stack had a lot in common besides hot rods. Both were hard core NRA members.
  22. deuces94
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
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    from Minnesota

    Yeah, hot rods and guns!! Throw in babes and beer and life is the shit.:D
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    o ya my two favoirte things hotrods n guns.
  24. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
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    Great thread!
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  25. All the time I watched 'Unsolved Mysteries' I never realised I was watching a Hot Rod Pioneer.

    Nope & yes a number of cars had that mod.
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  26. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
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    Theo Douglas

    Robert Stack not only raced cars--he raced boats too: Class B Hydroplanes, during the 1930s-1940s.

    I'm not entirely certain when, but my great-uncle Herschel Reynolds was West Coast Champion/Class B Hydroplanes at least once during the 1930s (I want to say 1932 or 1936), and my mom (his niece) used to say that he was always really happy to beat Robert Stack.

    My great-uncle worked at the post office, and Robert Stack--well, he didn't; beating him was seen as beating some big-time, wealthy Hollywood guy.

    (My mom remembered being on my great-uncle's pit crew at Long Beach's Marine Stadium: they helped bring the boat in and out, and they got a box lunch.)

    Class B Hydroplanes? I'll have to try to get some photos scanned, but they were small-ish wooden boats, with outboard engines. (One really bitchen one had that famous stingray shape even back then.)

    Not sure what make of engine my great-uncle ran, but they were similar in size at least to the famous streamlined Waterwitch engines. Maybe a coupla hairs smaller.

    His most famous ride (my great-uncle) was the Miss Montebello--on account of the family lived in Montebello.

    And--I still have my great-uncle's medals and two very worn trophies, which could use a lot of fixing. (How do you weld a trophy?)
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  27. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    Good point, never noticed that. For some reason there were more 30-31 Roadsters running the Lakes pre WWII.

  28. I didn't know anyone was looking for it! It's sitting in my garage!!:rolleyes:;):D
  29. Elrod
    Joined: Aug 7, 2002
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    It appears that Robert Stack added the McCulloch blower and ran it at the October 4th, 1940 meet like that.

    You can see Robert pushing his car in this old 8mm film at 3:47-3:49

    Jimmy B figured out who a lot of the people were in the video.


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  30. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
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    Stack also liked cycles as shown in this "Hollywood" photo on an early 50's Triumph.Supposedly his studio contract put an end to riding and racing.

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