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History Bonneville Record Car / NEED HELP!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hyfire, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. Hyfire
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,232


    Hello guys,

    I need some help! I recently purchased a very cool old car with a ton of history... but I need help getting some of that history documented.

    I am wondering if you guys can dig through your old 1958-1959 magazines and look for articles, announcements and advertisements that may feature this car??? So far I have seen the car in 3 advertisements, but I am hoping to find more.

    The car was driven by Norm Thatcher of Van Nuys. There is a ton of documentation of his later stuff, but I obviously want things that pertain to this car. Norm drove this car to a record breaking 156.387 at Bonneville in '58, but I suspect he ran this car at El Mirage too (since he did both in his other cars).

    Can you guys offer any help???








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  2. toucan
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,083

    from sc

    contact the scta they may be able to help!
  3. draggin'GTO
    Joined: Jul 7, 2003
    Posts: 1,774


    Hot Rod Magazine did a full multi-page feature on this car in one of the 1959 issues.
  4. notrod13
    Joined: Dec 13, 2005
    Posts: 999

    from long beach

    i know i saw a video on you tube about this car and norm it was a sponsor deal..

  5. SS350Sport
    Joined: Dec 6, 2008
    Posts: 71

    from Utah

    Got pictures of the car as it is now?
  6. thepolecat
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 687

    1. S.F.C.C.

    I refuse to help on the basis of jealousy!

    But I would love to see some current pics of the car.
  7. jobbless
    Joined: Oct 11, 2004
    Posts: 300


    Awesome!! got any recent pics?
  8. gassercrazy41
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,432


  9. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,774


    300C or 300D, on my list of cars I'd love to own. One with history would be a bonus.

    Of course we need pictures, lots of 'em.
  10. niceguyede
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
    Posts: 633

    from dallas

    We need pics man!!!!!!
  11. Hyfire
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,232


    Ok guys...

    Here is a low quality photo. It still has factory paint, carpeting, seats etc. It is also fully documented and the real deal. All numbers matching and confirmed by Chrysler. Only 2 manual 300Ds were made in 1958. One for Daytona Beach racing, the other for the Bonneville salt flats. It's kind of funny that they were luxury performance cars and yet this car has factory-delete on every luxury item.

    So... anyone have any old magazines to go through?

    Anyone have any specific leads?


    Thanks guys,


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  12. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
    Posts: 1,640


    Check over on
  13. Dan Warner
    Joined: Oct 25, 2004
    Posts: 557

    Dan Warner
    from so cal

  14. niceguyede
    Joined: Jan 19, 2009
    Posts: 633

    from dallas

    Thats got to be the sweetest barn find ever!!!
  15. some guys have all the luck......
  16. Nik
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
    Posts: 584


    I'll be the first to say it, you suck! Must be nice to hit the auto lottery like that.....
  17. thepolecat
    Joined: Mar 24, 2009
    Posts: 687

    1. S.F.C.C.

    The jealousy grows.
  18. Bonneville Avanti Dan
    Joined: Jan 21, 2011
    Posts: 243

    Bonneville Avanti Dan
    from California

    Did Doug Odom help you with this find? SLO county?
  19. OHV DeLuxe
    Joined: May 27, 2005
    Posts: 353

    OHV DeLuxe
    from Norway

    Very neat find! Manual as in Pont a Mousson manual?
  20. haychrishay
    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 951


    Yeah ditto !!
  21. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 7,035

    from DFW USA

    No, this was still the three-speed manual that was the base transmission during this year.

    I gave my magazines a first-pass last week but came up empty. I am in Mexico on vacation and will be back tomorrow, I'll look again. Car looks beautiful! I do seem to have more information on Norm's 1959 and 1960 Dodges than this Chrysler though.
  22. Definitely the Landspeedracing forum, scta and AHRF. If you can't get a lead from those places your not turning over enough rocks. Awesome find.
  23. Angry Frenchman
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,765

    Angry Frenchman

    wow it looks like it surive well. is there any rot under the body? does it still run with the original race engine?

  24. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,132

    RAY With

    Great find. I think I have looked in over 1000 barns and only found spiders,scorpions and rat turds.Some guys have all the luck! Good luck on finding all the information you seek!
  25. alsancle
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,565


    More pictures please. I was always a fan of the letter cars.
  26. wow , great score !
  27. Hyfire
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,232


    I'm almost out of photos... well, one more with the gentleman who owned it since 1959.



    I made a ton of progress yesterday thanks to a few hambers!

    Please check your magazines and photos!!!!

  28. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,418


    thats an awesome car with a great story , and if your happy its well worth it , id be forced to drive it though lol
  29. Lucky Burton
    Joined: Dec 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,623

    Lucky Burton

    Under the body is absolutely spotless. Never any rot. As you know these are rust prone, but this one is in unbelievable condition underneath. Yes, it is the original engine. It made thirty-seven 150mph+ runs at Bonneville. I am betting it ran El Mirage too, but nothing found yet.
    It ran 8 carbs at Bonneville, but had the factory dual quads put back on in 1959.

    Anyone else got anything????????

    Any old magazines (1958-1959) to go through or any additional suggestions?


    I'm not doubting what you have but-
    How does a car that made at least 37 runs in bonneville over a period of time and have a spotless under the body and never any rot. Many of us have seen first hand what bonneville salt will do even when you think you got all the salt off.

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