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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by bigalturk1, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. elgringo71
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    Johnny Loper's Ole Hoss in the far lane. Does anyone know who is in the near lane? Could be Mazmanian early on image.jpeg
     
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    Yes it is Mazmanian, I believe it is the 1962 Winternationals and he had won class (I believe it was CM/SP- his Trophy sticker is on the windshield). That is Johnny Loper whom I believe they met in street eliminator run off and Siroonian driving Mazmanian's car beat Loper. The finals for street eliminator though was won by Earl Wade in a A/SP 62 Vette (Lenke's car?)

    Loper and Mazmanian had met in the 61 Winternational street eliminator finals in 61 and Loper won (Mazmanians car though was running in SP instead of MSP in 61 I believe). I am not sure if Mazmanian had those wheels and scoop in 61. Later he would cut the wheelwells and go for a bigger scoop out of necessity.
     
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    I got some good pics of the red Corvette at the SEG event in Chattanooga today I will get them resized on my computer at work Monday and get them posted
     
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    I have been getting sidetracked start out looking for vetes and get led astray LOL. But got a bunch today.

    Sixty-three years ago at a small factory in Flint, Michigan on Van Slyke Road, the first 1953 Corvettes rolled off the assembly line and into automotive history. On June 30th 1953, these Chevrolet workers and executive gathered for a group photo around the VIN 001 Corvette.

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    1958 Corvette fuelie that was previously owned by the famous Joie Chitwood and used for a single season in his eponymous Chitwood Thrill Shows.

    The convertible was built in January of 1958 and is optioned with a removable hardtop, radio delete, a 283 cu. in. 290 horsepower V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission. The three-owner ‘Vette has undergone a professional nut and bolt restoration and has been featured on the cover of Corvette Fever magazine. The Chitwood Corvette was awarded the NCRS American Heritage Award in April of 2015.

    Born George Rice Chitwood in 1912, Chitwood acquired his nickname in 1937 when a local newsman was writing a story about Chitwood appearing in a local sprint car race, but didn’t have the slightest idea of his first name. The car owner was from St. Joe, Missouri, which was painted on the side of the sprint car. The newsman grabbed at that and referred to Chitwood as Joe Chitwood. The error was compounded by the newspaper typesetter and the name came out as ‘Joie’. Chitwood felt any publicity was good publicity and kept the name. The name continues today into the third generation of Chitwood.

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    One of just 111 people who ordered his 1956 Corvette with option code 469, which included a pair of four-barrel carburetors atop the standard 265 cubic inch engine, and code 449, the Duntov special high-lift cam that increased horsepower to 240.

    The car also had the radio-delete option and a three-speed transmission that was later replaced by a four-speed transmission.

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    Tennessee State Trooper driving a 1958 Ford cruiser stops a vette. HUMM think maybe because the driver is so cute?


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    More various shots from the web don't know anything about them other than this famous one that has appeared on these pages before.


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    Hell of a shot.


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    from east , tn.

    A FEW FROM SOUTHEAST GASSERS RACE IN CHATTANOOGA DSCN8039.jpg DSCN8040.jpg DSCN8060.jpg DSCN8059.jpg DSCN8062.jpg DSCN8063.jpg DSCN8068.jpg DSCN8069.jpg DSCN8077.jpg DSCN8089.jpg DSCN8090.jpg DSCN8114.jpg DSCN8116.jpg
     
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    Cool shots, of some mean machines. Southeast Gassers has something for everyone. I like the fact that they have so many different period correct cars made by different manufactures. Pick a car and root for him.

    I can't wait to see that corvette pulling the wheels and in the finals.
     
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    The Corvette looks similar to Dick Moroso car but if that is a parachute in the back it would not have been his car.
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    Jim said that it was the Mazmanian car early on before they cut the wheel wells.


    I found a picture of Big John with it in a magazine for comparison

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    sad i HAVE NO pictures , bought my 1st Corvette Gasser (1959) without
    the engine (yep it blew up) 900bucks straight tube front end , the year was
    1967 in san diego . While dragging it home i was stopped an OFFERED 1500.00
    there was NO way i could say NO.
    the 2nd one was no better in the year 1969 got another one , same type of deal NO engine,
    but this time no tranny or rear gears ( barely a roller ) junk wheels and 1/4th stripped...
    horrid shape but it had the SWEET straight axle ready to go... this one was 600bucks,
    and i started the sand-n-priming and ---yep you guessed it--- got an offer i
    COULDN'T REFUSE dang money really does talk i got OVER paid on that one...lol
    2000.00 man i was gettin to this buy sell thing and finding out what a little solid
    one Kolor does for the re-sail (sale) ok ok i'll stop talkin ...
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    oops thanks for pointing that out ... it was a 62 -n- beat to $#!T...
     
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    Out of curiosity, what year was the second corvette? It was top money for the day and many people would have done exactly what you did but I bet that you wish that you still had one. It's funny how the sale prices sound so cheap now. Did you ever see either one of them again? Thanks for sharing. In the early 60s dad sold a 41 Willys coupe body for $250 and thought that he had hit a Grand Slam Homerun. He only paid $50 for it.

     
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    Yes (ELGRINGO71) that ol 20-20 hindsight deal....
    but fortunately for me there were MANNY more in the years to follow,
    67tripower427 black on black ( another short story) then (2) 63 split windows (1) 63 vert
    (1) 65 vert ( i myself -at the time - did NOT like the verts-) now YA.
    (2 1974's) complete JUNK they were) but they brought in a customer that saw them and he
    said here LET me OVER pay YOU to restore mine (his 74) what a ton of cash these people
    spend on their beloved vettes... ah don't get me WRONG i like em too.
    -n- probably more i forgot all about (yikes)
    allright lets get this back on track
    C O R V E T T E GASSERS RULE...LOL

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    Jason what a great looking 61. In my opinion it is a perfect stance with great looking wheels and tall tires that really add to the old time look. There were more than likely many of these old Vettes with this stance with the frame blocks as opposed to a straight axle.

    In re to Mazmanian above it is his car as you can see his very familiar number on the window and the way in which he painted the numbers. I also have read on him racing Loper in 61 and 62 and I think I have it written somewhere. If my memory serves me Mazmanian related the story of him racing Loper two years running.

    It makes me wonder if Moroso ever ran at the Winternationals with his 61. For that matter the Musser brothers ran a red 61 as well but they were east coast boys as well and I never knew if they ran at the Winternats. The Musser brothers car later was bought by Carmen Rotunda and then it was repainted a two tone. Probably the two strongest running 283/270 "stock" Vettes in the country were Lombardo in Buckshot and Rotunda n his 61. By the time they were running on the record though the upstance was history. I am still a sucker for the upstance though.
     
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    Yes that 61 is just right. It is subtle but mean at the same time and there were probably a lot of these around because it is the cheapest and easiest evolution of a stocker to a gasser. The more I look at it the more I like it.
     
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    I couldn't find much on the Musser Brothers but here are two pictures

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    Jason I may have some other pictures of Musser but here is a picture after they sold it to Rotunda. Some of the lettering was unchanged Rotunda-3.jpg . Of course he changed the wheels which he did a couple of times.
     
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    This right here is all I'd need in life. Well that and a Hiboy Roadster, a 40 Coupe, a pickup truck, a garage to keep them all in, and a house to live in, but yea this right here is all I'd need.
     
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    In case anyone is wondering, this is from Hot Rod Magazine December of 63
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