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History Bonneville, 1951

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. ml_engr
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 121


    Awesome footage. Thanks for posting!
  2. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,129


    Spuds, No, haven't been since '59, went drag racing instead until the Navy intervened...would love to go back, though!
  3. rodster
    Joined: Mar 11, 2008
    Posts: 139

    Member Emeritus

    From 3:50 to 4:10
    That's Tom Cobbs' wrenching the blown flattie before a run. The roadster with its quick-change "coupester" top joined the winners circle that year after setting a D Modified Coupe record at 155.3 MPH.
    I drive the little roadster in its largely unmolested preserved condition about once a week, and I can't imagine hearding the thing at 155---These guys were amazing
  4. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,129


    Hope it opens for you! Tell us more about your dad...Bill Waddill was one of the first Midwest guys to race at Bonneville, ran a Cad-powered Crosley sedan, if memory serves me right (which it does not always do!). From Flint, MI?
  5. swimeasy
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,067


    Thanks! I just got to make it there someday! Can you still land a plane out there? That looks like a Talorcraft or an Aironica. Cool old fabric birds!
  6. truckjim
    Joined: May 21, 2011
    Posts: 166


    and zinc oxide! ;)
  7. Ryan -

    Thanks for showcasing this Bonneville footage!

    This video really didn't get the exposure it deserves when yeahRight posted it (& two other '50s B-ville videos) in his October '13 50's (?) Bonneville footage thread.

    Ralph (rodster) -

    Just an FYI ...

    Back in October '13, Chris (sodbuster) posted this same video in Ryan's Tom Cobbs: Part 1 Blog/thread.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2014
  8. 296ardun, Did you know my Dad Bill Waddill? His first trip to Bonneville was in 1951 with his '32 Ford roadster called the Black Beauty and his '37 Ford push truck called the Green Frog. I finally got the video open and was hoping to see one or the other and instead, I got to see him at 2:17--the redhead! It made me cry! He was hooked and in 1952 went back with his Crosley called the Yellow Canary. He went 150.50 mph and won a land speed record in Class D Competition Sedan. He was the first man from east of the Mississippi to get a Bonneville record. He went back to Bonneville several times and then again in 1988 with his 1956 MGA to try to go 200 mph and was unsuccessful. He died in 1989 and my youngest brother got the car. In 1998 he went 243.97 mph in Class E/Blown Fuel Modified Sport. He still holds this record today. I wrote a book about him in 2009 and it has been very successful. I still have copies, if you are interested.
  9. Nick Flores
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,355

    Nick Flores

    It's only 198 more days....
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,619


    I got to watch your dad make a run in 1988 when I was there.

    That piece of film has a lot of great history in it along with a number of racers and cars that raced for a great number of years.
  11. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
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    Stan Back
    from California

    Anybody notice -- no fat guys.
  12. I was there in 1988 also!!!
  13. hotrodderhaag
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
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    best 8:57 of silence i have ever saw... those looked the days of days right there.. amazing footage. makes you wish you were racing back in those days.
  14. iharding
    Joined: Jun 26, 2009
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    from Tacoma, WA

    Exactly what I was going to say. It's like global warming... It sneaks up on you over a few generations.
  15. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,623


    Really enjoyed this video. At 7:11 into the video, you get a chance to see Fred Carrillo. The little black roadster ( number 17 on the side of the car ) in that section is the same car ( and tires ) that made Pebble Beach in 2010............owned and restored by HAMBer Frank Morawski..........just too cool
  16. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,846


    A man in wheelchair is probably Roger Huntington?
  17. Not Roger Huntington, that is Chet Herbert.
  18. If only to have been there..
  19. That could quite possibly be the best Bonneville video I've seen. I could go with some tunes back it up.
  20. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
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    Had to be some of the best days ever. Thanks for the look back.....
  21. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,129


    Sorry I did not reply earlier, no, I didn't know him personally, but he is a big part of hot rod history, pictures of his '32 roadster at the drags in the early '50s (Akron, I think) in Hot Rod Magazine, maybe '54. He was a Bonneville standout, and, as you noted, the first hot rodder east of the Mississippi to break a Bonneville record. If you do have a copy of the book you wrote, I would love a copy, please PM me with price, etc and I can give you my address....
  22. dan griffin
    Joined: Dec 25, 2009
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    dan griffin

    The michigan license plate was Bills.
  23. I always liked those stories of Ak Miller driving his '56 Ford to Bonneville, running it then driving it home to TX. Isn't it hotter'n hell there in August?
  24. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,129


    I think you mean Karol Miller, Ak Miller was from California...Karol Miller later partnered with Rodney Singer on a dragster (blown Lincoln) that won the '59 Nationals
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014
  25. SinisterSpeed
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 123

    from Reno, NV

    That is some of the best Bonneville footage I've seen- made for a great way to start off my Sunday morning! A couple of close friends of mine were out there at the first event, and went almost every year until they passed away. They had some great stories, and awesome pictures from their adventures. I can't wait to get back out there this year.. Thanks for sharing that footage!
  26. You are correct 296ardun, Karol Miller....
  27. captmullette
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,929


    great stuff ryan, thank you sir

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