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Event Coverage Bonneville in 1966

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Bonneville in 1966


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  2. As a photographer of Bonneville, sometime I wonder if my images have become 'The Same old Same Old'.
    But with these 'new' images from a hero of mine, who I got to know because of our calendar, added to my inspiration folder maybe I can breathe a little new life to my shot angles.
    I noticed at lease one shot was taken at the Wendover Airport tarmac where all cars were inspected before heading out to the salt for pit location and set-up.
    I think it was in 93 was about the last time for the Airport, and I remember climbing a rickety wooden ladder that was attached to the outside of one of the building. It was only 50 years old! And I was holding a large format film camera, so I did it one handed,,, silly photographer.
    Thanks for bring together another great group of vintage shots, one day someone might find my vintage stuff.
    And for those that missed the BEST SpeedWeek ever, you have two last chances for the season. World of Speed is on now and World Finals is approaching. And if you have a vehicle get 'er there!!! who know what next years salt will bring. And maybe Pottee will return to reclaim fastest speed for the year,, it too late for the Hot Rod Trophy. And maybe Flash Point will give him a run for his money.
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  3. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
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    Yes the cars of 66 were cool. But at Bonneville the cars of 18 are pretty much just as cool. We, on the other hand, have aged some. Here is a picture of one of my favorites that is quite like a car than may have run in 66. With an owner who also may have run in 66. Only now it's faster. Also 39206354_922467501295600_3351246299692269568_n.jpg o, right now you could be at Bonneville enjoying the World of Speed meet. Many of the same cars as SpeedWeek and also street legal classes that HAMB guys always seem to want but don't seem to take advantage of as often as they might.
  4. jimmy six
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    jimmy six

    Nice photo of Lester pushing the rules as he always does.....Man did that Studie haul the male.
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  5. Burny
    Joined: Dec 20, 2004
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    She has a great eye. Excellent shots!
  6. flathead60
    Joined: Sep 10, 2018
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    from NH

  7. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
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    @Jive-Bomber...Thanks for the series of pics from another great Photographer. I was stunned by the images posted by @jpierce that were captured by his Late Mother. I was equally stunned to find out about his connection to AK his late Stepfather. A truly interesting, personable man and of course a fellow Hamber...

    I must say I really am in awe of the great connections to the World of Hotrod/Custom/Race that keep on surfacing here. The Hamb continues to offer incredible Historic Reference and Rock Solid Material.
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  8. @Jive-Bomber Jay -

    Thanks for the link to Jeff (@jpierce) Pierce's 1963-1966 Bonneville Pics threads! ... His (late) mother was really a fantastic photographer!

    Eric "Rick" Rickman (Nov 22, 1918 - Jan 24, 2009) was also a fantastic photographer ... a real gentleman (I first met him in the late '70s) ... and he played a very important part of documenting the history of Hot Rodding.

    A 69-year-old Mr. Rickman appears in this snapshot I took of the Swamp Rat #33 'liner at the 40th Bonneville Nationals in 1988:

    Swamp Rat 33 - 40th B'ville Nats - 1988 001 (by Todd Olson).jpg
    Ace HRM photog Eric Rickman passes some words of wisdom onto @Rich Venza (black Isky hat) while Don Garlits
    waits patiently in the drivers seat. Rod Kempkis holds the canopy open and listens in on the conversation.

    NOTE: Garlits got into the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club with a two-way average speed of 217.947 MPH (in XF/GS trim) ... as did Don Kehr with a 213.438 MPH average (in XF/FS trim).
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  9. Jim Hassad
    Joined: Aug 9, 2015
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    Jim Hassad

    @flathead60, the memorable part of your photo, for me, with the 901 'liner is the iconic Bob Higbee in his prime. I had the privilege of knowing him from 1953 (I was 4) through the Don Vesco motorcycle LSR record years (Mid '70's). He personalized everyone's run down the salt with either a safety tug on your shoulder harness, or in my case with my motorcycle, checking if your visor was snapped tight. Thanks for the memories.
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  10. I would be interested in the back story of these streamliners, that would never pass tech now, Who? Motors? Class?
    I think one is in the Casino Hotel.
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  11. Tony (@typo41) - See my 3 posts below ...
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  12. In 1960, Rod Schapel designed this small streamliner body:

    Standun Industries Special (CARS Magazine Sept 1960).jpg

    In 1961, Craig Breedlove drove the #133 "SUPER CUTLASS KART" (Schapel bodied) 'liner at Bonneville:

    #133 Breedlove Super Cutlass Kart (1961).jpg

    In 1964, Concord, California shop teacher, Dick Beith (of "WHEEL CENTRE CO." & "E-T MAGS" fame) ran one of these little Schapel bodied streamliners at Bonneville.

    Powered by a 44ci Mercury Outboard engine, Dick's #90 (H class) 'liner ran 141.50 mph:

    90H with kids.jpg
    #90H - 1964 Bonneville (1).jpg
    #90H - 1964 Bonneville (2).jpg

    In 1965, Beith's H class 'liner was entry #190:

    Dick Beith Wheel Centre Co #190H  'liner (by Rod Hynes).jpg
    #190H (by Duane Cole).jpg

    In 1966, Dick's "WHEEL CENTRE CO" H class 'liner was entry #901:

    #901H at B'ville 1966.jpg

    Circa 1967:
    #901H circa 1967.jpg

    Don Barr & Tony Lloyd rebuilt the car after it had been wrecked in '67 or '68. The rebuilt #901 "E-T MAGS" liner was powered by a modified McCulloch 3-cylinder outboard (chain driven) motor ... and in 1969, they set a new G class (1000cc) streamliner record at 153.037 mph:

    #901 Barr & Llyod 'E-T MAGS' streamliner circa 1969.jpg
    Barr-Lloyd-E.T. Mags 'liner.jpg

    In 1975, they set a new I class (1000cc) streamliner record at 164.989 mph (with a top speed of 172.661 mph).

    Circa 2005, Dennis Varni acquired the car for his San Jose, CA "Speed Nymph Garage" collection:

    #901 'liner in Speed Nymph Garage (circa 2008).jpg

    In 2013, Dennis had Tony Lloyd restore the car to it's 1974 glory ... and showed it at the 2014 GNRS "Century Of Speed" exhibit:

    Barr & Lloyd #901 liner at 2014 GNRS Century Of Speed exhibit.JPG
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  13. The #555 "Ballpoint Banana" streamliner of Skip Andrews, John Cavagnaro (@dan the upholstery man's father), & @Richard Smalley showed up at Bonneville Speed Week in 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, & 1969 in I class trim ... powered by a (37ci, rope-start, alcohol-burning) Evinrude outboard engine:

    #555 I - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (1).jpg
    #555 I - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (2).jpg
    #555 I - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (4).JPG
    #555 I - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (5) & #222 I - Orange Crate 'liner - 1966.jpg
    #555 I - Ballpoint Bananan 'liner (6) - 1966.jpg

    The car was sold to Arnold Young (of Tonawanda, New York) and the #555 'liner returned to the salt in 1972, 1973, & 1974 in K class trim ... powered by a Quincy Looper outboard engine:

    #555 K - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (1 & 2).JPG
    #555 K - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (3).JPG
    #555 K - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (4).JPG
    #555 K - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (5).jpg
    #555 K - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (6).JPG
    #555 K - Ballpoint Banana 'liner (the end).jpg

    Last I heard, the #555 K "Ballpoint Banana" was still collecting dust in a Tonawanda, NY garage.
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  14. Louis Bonesio's #126 I class Streamliner out of Gilroy, California ... with a Rod Schapel designed body that was modified by the Hogue Bros. Body Shop ... and Honda power by the George E. Hall Motorcycle Shop (circa 1962 & 1963):

    #129 I class Honda-powered 'liner.jpg
    #129 I 'liner (with Honda) & driver Louie Bonesio.JPG
    #129 I class Honda-powered Hall Hogue 'liner.jpg
    #129 I class Honda-powered Hall Hogue 'liner - 1963.jpg
    #129 I-S at Bonneville Salt Flats - 1963.jpg

    In 1964, Louie's #126 I/S got a new entry number (#222):

    1964 - Louie Bonesio #222 Orange Crate (by Bill Hewiit).JPG

    Bonesio also switched to Triumph power ... and named his little 'liner "The ORANGECRATE":

    Loie Bonesio's #222 'The OrangeCrate' at Bonneville Salt Flats - 1965 (1).jpg
    Loie Bonesio's #222 'The OrangeCrate' at Bonneville Salt Flats - 1965 (2).jpg
    Loie Bonesio's #222 'The OrangeCrate' at Bonneville Salt Flats - 1965 (3).jpg
    #222 The ORANGECRATE I class Streamliner - in pits - 1966.jpg
    #222 The Orange Crate 'liner - 1966.jpg
    Ballpoint Banana & Orange Crate - 1966.jpg
    #222 Orange Crate - 1967.jpg

    In the 2000s, Dennis Varni acquired the car for his San Jose, CA "Speed Nymph Garage" collection:

    Louie Bonesio's #222 Orangecrate I 'liner (with Triumph) @ Speed Nymph Garage '11.jpg

    In 2013, Dennis restored the car back to it's 1967 glory ... and showed it at the 2014 GNRS "Century Of Speed" exhibit:

    Louie Bonesio's #222 Orangecrate I 'liner (with Triumph) @ '14 GNRS.JPG
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  15. Great History,
    They would be fun, but for my claustrophobia would get the best of me,
    I'll stick to roadsters and my 59 Ford XO Production Pickup (223 powered), They are a little more roomier.

    And I just checked I Gas Streamliner record is 262.188 by Jim and Mary True
    And I see Jack Costella is playing in the field, and once he is there, you might just as well as pack it in and head home
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