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History Bonneville 1957-60: More Treasure

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Dec 29, 2015.

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

    Bonneville 1957-60: More Treasure


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  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    Staff Member

    I like how these weirdo foreign car owners even have a weirdo Stude support vehicle...


    I'd kill for that Porsche though...
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  3. You and me both!
    I was in Clark Gabels 300 SL when I was 14. I worked on Saturdays at an Studebaker / Mercedes dealership and they were touring Gable's gull wing around the country. Got a cool ride. Big thrill for a 14 year old.
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  4. Silvair
    Joined: Sep 30, 2010
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    These pictures are amazing, It kind of makes sense Mercedes guys would have a Stude support car, since Studebaker imported the first Mercedes.
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  5. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
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    Fantastic. Looking forward to more installments, it is a deep well.
  6. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 211

    from devore, Ca

    Just about any car looks good on the salt at Bonneville.....even those foreign jobs.
  7. HRS
    Joined: Nov 7, 2008
    Posts: 361


    I love the hammered T behind the 225C ' know, about half-inch of "window"...also the "Friction Master" behind the 120DM...what is that?
  8. The Friction Master that is the Bob Sorrell sports car. 120DM is Ak Miller Caballo ii also hemi powered HRM cover car April 1957 HRM

    Geoff Hacker photo
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  9. BTW great post wait to you find early the Oakland Roadster show pics or the Track roadster photos there are many others worth spending the time looking thru an amazing resource.
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    I don't think that is a SFI 20 Firesuit?
    And he forgot his HANS.
    Stripped down-horsepower-flying by the seat of your pants land speed racing!
  11. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    In all likelihood, this is 1957, in which case, the weirdo is Albert Schmidt, went 155 in the 300sl, and 140 in the Porsche. Again, just a guess, but the stude appears to be the push car for the car directly in front of it, with the guy kneeling down and looking under it. Maybe an Austin bantam sedan??
  12. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,977

    from DFW USA

    I love beautiful hand-painted signage.

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  13. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    One other thing should probably mention...theres a story that in '59 Albert Schmidt came back to Bonneville with the gullwing, but by then it had a Chrysler in it. Safe to say it takes a weirdo to stuff a Chrysler in a 300sl...:D
    If this is Albert Schmidt, its the only picture I have ever seen of his gullwing at Bonneville, what twigged me to it was that I read he had run a Porche 550 RS at the same time when he was there in '57, so odds are, this is him.
  14. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
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    from BC

    The streamliner beside Schmidts 300SL is Don Vesco, had a riley headed banger for power.
  15. U-235
    Joined: Dec 18, 2010
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    Yes, but probably would have been a new one ....not a bullet nose 50 or 51.
  16. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
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    There are many connections between Studebaker and Porsche too. Some kind of distant like the Paxton.
  17. Bearing Burner
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
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    Bearing Burner
    from W. MA

    Notice how white and hard the Salt is
  18. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
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    from BC


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