The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by bigalturk1, Mar 23, 2011.
Doug Juonis, 57 Vette, Sanford, Maine, mid sixties.
"The Hayseed Corvette" Yours truly third from left in picture. Year, 1966.
Wow, is that an IFS lifted like that? I assume the front crossmember was lowered? Hard to tell...
I met Doug this past year at the Goodguy's event in Springfield. Hell of a nice guy. And his Hilborn injected A Rdstr on Deuce rails is every bit as nice as the Hayseed was back in the day. Talking about the Corvette, if he only knew, he would have kept it just as it was. Amazing that he still owns the car today. Here are a couple more pics taken at NE Dragway .
Looks like 8 inch I-beams between the crossmember and frame.
Yes, originally there were I-beams to raise the front.
the best thing for a vette imo
Dude! you're 72 yrs old? Hope I still love cars and Drag racing at 72! NICE! I'M 55 and achin' already
I bet it was fun working on that car! Did you ever get to drive it yourself?
yeah nice banjo indeed!!
No, never drove it. But sure got my rocks off building and driving the Belvedere! High 9 second 1/4 mi. @134+ MPH. Last run was just before retiring @ 64 yrs of age. Won the IHRA Amalie North American Nationals Combo E/T class, footbraking it @ New England Dragway in 2001 @ 60 yrs. Ya never lose that car thing, once it's in you. LOL
Doug Juonis New England Dragway late 60's.
and one more.
Thats a good lookin car.
They weren't always the snob appeal high dollar cars were told to believe now.
I walked past one that was on the street for years back in the early 70's on my way to my friends house. I told Dad I wanted it because it was only $100 and I just knew I could fix it. Heck, I'd built a lot of models. He told me it was junk and I didn't want it. He was wrong then, he is wrong now, but, that's the way it goes when youre 15.
BTW, that's a ukulele, took me a while to see it though.
Bristol, Tn.-1966 NHRA Springnationals.
1965 NHRA Nationals-Indy
Thats a nice looking car, do you have any more details or did you tell about it earlier?
No I don't have any info on it. Was taking pics of cars that were running in CM/SP class, the same as we were.
heres mine as it sits now-done as it will get
Very nice and that chevy truck in the background is also nice.
The passenger may have a hard ride just sitting on the seat frame.
What a great thread. I am sorry if I offend any Corvette Number Matching guys but in my opinion, this is the way a Vette should look. I had close friend (God Rest His Soul) once tell me: "If General Motors hadn't planned for the Corvette to be chopped up, they would have made it out something more substantial then fiberglass!"
if i win the lottery tonight , i will buy the top award winning vette and put an axle under it ...
59-60 vette guys....could someone measure the speedo housing, length and height.
From what I was told by Brendan Grassman many years ago, the car belonged to Reggie Nelson, otherwise known as "Root Beer", because that was the color of his Corvette. Both Brendan and Earl Wade are now gone, so there is no one that I know to ask to verify this.
I had some time over the holidays to pull out my old notes and I am embarrassed to say the above information is wrong. The "Root Beer" nickname applied to another Corvette racer by the name of Bob Holmes.
Reggie Nelson's car was maroon according to Grassman.
Sorry for the misinformation.
Could we please stop using the term "jap" around here?
Amazing---i so much as scratch my nose around here and all hell breaks lose. However, if the term "jap" is used, nothing doing?
Right on man! I wouldn't change a thing. Killer car!
Is this a different top in this picture, or newly painted ?
Bert good to see you posting. I thought of you the other day when I saw George Klass in another thread titled Re: Factory experimental (FX) and the myth, where he talks about the 62 Tempest driven by Hayden Proffitt at Pomona 62 Winternationals.
To some of you guys following this thread, Bert owns the 61 Vette that beat Proffitt at that race.
George may want to see you post in that thread in that your car competed. Also I am sure the guys following this thread would like to see a few pics of your historic racer. Take care-Jim
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