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Bean Bandits on the salt once again!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fabianvaldez, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. fabianvaldez
    Joined: Jan 28, 2008
    Posts: 25


    Here are couple of pics from our escapade out on the salt!! More to come later.

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  2. Great meeting you and Tom. Your BBQ ruled! Congrats on your runs also.

  3. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,206

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    You guys rule! I've been following your shenanigans for years!
  4. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,024

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Bean Bandit RULE!!!

    Say Hi To Adam..
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  5. M.D.
    Joined: Jun 17, 2008
    Posts: 107


    Well done my friend! It killed me not to be there this year. Even though Tony couldn't go, I was going to be there with my film crew....but that is another long, long story. You guys ROCK!
  6. plan9
    Joined: Jun 3, 2003
    Posts: 4,008


    congratulations Bean Bandits... you guys are livin' it. :)
  7. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,626

    from Hypocrisy

    Right on.
  8. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,529



    Good to see you again, I had a kick ass time on the salt and the drive there was the best part.

    Pete Flaven
    Alter boys
  9. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Are these guys the old Bean Bandits? or the grandsons of the old Bean Bandits? Either way, like the fellow above said, They Rule!
  10. gillgonzalez
    Joined: Oct 9, 2005
    Posts: 359

    from San Diego

    I heart Fabian.
  11. 6narow
    Joined: Jun 1, 2008
    Posts: 517


    THE BEAN BANDITS?!?!?!? :eek:
    Forgive me, I don't mean to sound disrespectful, guys are still around?!

    When I was a kid, I inherited a bunch of Hot Rod's (magainzes, that is) from the late 60's and early 70's, that were originally my older brother's.
    Back then, the back cover was either "Highboy of the month" or a "back in the good ol' days" section, that used to recap some early hot rod and drag racing action.
    One of those issues showed an early Rail that was built and raced by....THE BEAN BANDITS.
    I think the pics dated from sometime around the mid 50's ('54-'56, something like that).

    They are accredited (in that article) as the first people to go (hold onto your shorts, now), 140 MPH in the 1/4 mile.

    The pics show the rail they did it with, right after it had happened.

    I was unaware The Bean Bandits were still around. Wow, my hats off to you guys.
    Nice work.

  12. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,849

    from Drag City

    These guys, as you'll soon see/hear/read are second generation BB's carrying the torch...and carrying it WELL !
  13. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,849

    from Drag City

    Fabian & Tom, Congrats to you and the gang for continuing to kick butt !

    Axle & Celeste
  14. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,158

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    I saw several of your runs. I got the bug!!! Bonneville is it!
  15. testpilot
    Joined: Apr 18, 2006
    Posts: 207

    from Denver

    NICe looks like FUN

    IS one of those cylinders running LEAN !!
  16. CoalTownKid
    Joined: Mar 12, 2005
    Posts: 2,024


    A good friend of mine travelled to B-ville this year, said the bandits were some great guys! Looks like fun to me!! Best wishes!
  17. Fabian, I heard you got to make a few runs in a roadster from New York. Here's a pic I took of the liner........

  18. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,727


    Megan took a couple photos early Tuesday morning.



  19. loudpedal
    Joined: Mar 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,185

    from SLC Utah

  20. speedtool
    Joined: Oct 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,541


    When I attended the 50th Anniversary Speedweek in '98, Joaquin was there with the Bandits. I have a picture of a good sized hole in one of their blocks! One of the TV stations was interviewing Joaquin, and I have pix of that, too!
  21. 53chevy
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,570


    Good job fellas! Good to see Julio's still doing this too!

  22. 272sedan
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 123


    Thanks again for the great party and awsome shirt see ya next year
    Joined: Apr 9, 2002
    Posts: 1,783

    The Bean Bandits legacy will live forever.

    The Bean Bandits' webmaster, Guy Espinoza, and I became E-mail buddies back in 1996. Three years later, we met at Bonneville Speed Week, where I got the chance to see firsthand just how much fun these guys have.

    They might not always feel like it, but they're some of the luckiest people around.
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  24. Skrap metal
    Joined: Jan 22, 2003
    Posts: 363

    Skrap metal

    hey fabian, glad to see all went well for you and the guys
    we need to get together and string some more blues!!!
    tell tom that his rendition of boys don't cry will always be
    the best. take care Ray........
  25. fabianvaldez
    Joined: Jan 28, 2008
    Posts: 25


    Ha, shananigans is definetley the appropriate word!!!! Records or not we all have a great time!!!!! It is always good to see old faces and meet new ones! Julio built that tank in about 18 days, finished up some minor details out on the salt ( true bean bandit style) and made a shake down run at 101mph. (with the flathead out of his A coupe)!

    We are the young gen. of Bean Bandits. But the original members are still involved, three of them came out to bonneville with us.....pure entertainment!!!

    As far as the liner, we broke a record in the V4F/BGS. It was 105, and our two speed average was 138mph!!!! With a little more coxing we got a top speed of 140 at the 2 mile, but with the "flat head A" seeming a bit tired we decided to pack it in, and fight another day!
    I got the chance to drive the "Boners High Speed Div" roadster, open cars are the best for getting a feeling like running on the salt back in the day!

    We had the 2nd fastest flahead banger out at the salt, the stewart family had the fastest (155mph). We definetley want to acomplish more, we'll see what we come up with!
    I really want to thank all the people that help make this happen: Tom Branch, Diana Branch, Jeff Buchar, Jake Hummel, Rene Lugo, Jose Soriano, Hop Up Magazine, Originals Hot Rod Club U.K., Auto Power, Especially the Arnett Family and all The Bean Bandits!!

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  26. Bean Bandits are kickin' ass...saw Julio yesterday and saw his coupe less the flathead...
  27. gasheat
    Joined: Nov 7, 2005
    Posts: 713

    from Dallas

    Fabian is okay I guess if you like World Record Holders at Bonneville. I have not seen a group of guys on the salt that enjoy it more. Hope to see you guys in Austin for the Roundup. Tom Bitros in Dallas
  28. Kustom Gal
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 29

    Kustom Gal
    from England

    Great to cath up with all you guy's again, it was well worth the trip over from the UK in our '32 pick up, just for your BBQ
    Sir C**T
    Originals Hot Rod Club UK
  29. donnie
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 191

    from NC

    Here are a couple pics I took while you where in tech after your record run.

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