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History Drag cars in motion.......picture thread.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.

  1. Tom S. in Tn.
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    And I concur, exactly. Mr. Taylor was a champion of a man as well, and became very successful in business. He made me the first specialty hi-stall speed convertor for a C-6 I ever had out of old 6 cyl and CruisO' parts, back before small Pinto C-4's or any custom manufacturing. Tom S.
     
  2. Tom S. in Tn.
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    And while I'm on a roll here, I agree totally 100% with this statement. It's the commentary and hearing the story that paints the picture for me,.... and the accompanying photo's don't matter if they are full color or B&W.
    Sometimes I'm taken back with the story alone. Tom S.
     
  3. Analog Dog
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    I agree...I think it's a 55-57 Chevy with a FE...weird...
     
  4. edweird
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    tom s. i do believe its in this 58 ford. old blue.
     

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  5. partsrivet
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    This is the final run for the 1966 World Championship in Comp Eliminator at Tulsa. The Vette belongs to Deloy Naeb of Brighton Colorado and he's up against the tough Stormin Bull F gasser of Ferd Napfel, from Maryland as I recall. Naeb caught him for the championship in an close run. Goes to show even fenders and gas can be exciting.

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  6. partsrivet
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    Something a bit more recent that my other posts is this scene from Beech Bend KY in 2005. Since the cars all do burnouts and back up to the starting line, it's hardly like the old days but I worked on catching two doing their burnouts at once as an homage to times past. For me, these nostalgia races are the only thing of interest at the strips nowadays. No, it's not exactly the same at the 60's, but when Anglia and Willys gassers are running or the fuel cars push down at night for the Cacklefest, you can lose yourself for a bit, especially at a place like Beech Bend which reminds me a lot of the old Green Valley strip near Ft Worth. If these more current scenes are unwelcome in this thread, let me know and I'll avoid posting more.



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    More fenders and gas action from what I always believed to be the best races of all-the NHRA Nationals. The field was staggering and I was so mesmerized by the parade of familiar names I'd only read about I often didn't bother to take a shot. In 1967 I rode to Indy with the Griffin-Usery-Smith A fuel car from Dallas (a story in itself) and we stayed at the Travelodge near downtown, which like most places was jammed with racers. We were next to the Paris Brothers from Illinois and on the other side was Jan Ridell from Tiffin Ohio with his altered. Lots of great bull sessions after racing-didn't matter what kind of car you had or who you were. And although I can't remember the fellows name, one guy staying there actually DROVE an old Studebaker (N/S or some such) out to the track. Had his tools in the trunk and popped the header cap when he got out there! Awesome! Now that was a FUN time. So thanks to Carson and Taylor (whoever you were) as well as all the other racers for the wonderful memories.


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    Jim Hayter from Cushing Oklahoma makes a run at the Div 4 points race at La Place, La on a scorching May morning in 1967. This was one of the stronger Jr Stock cars in Div 4, a bracket which admittedly had much less participation than say Div 1 or 3. When I was working at AEECO about this time, Willie Redford, who knew Jim told me he was looking for a driver/mechanic for a factory Camero Jim was getting. Well, I'm not the world's greatest mechanic (to say the least!) and it would have entailed a move to Oklahoma while I was already thinking of leaving the plains once and for all, so I decided not to try for it. Maybe I'd have gotten it-maybe not. But it's one of those forks in the road that we all wonder about once we've gone in a different direction.

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  9. If we could just see the bumper then we would know for sure...
     
  10. Tom S. in Tn.
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    Thanx. I lost my self there for a minute. :)
     
  11. rooman
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    I would bet that the Studebaker was Ted Harbit's Chicken Hawk, a legendary car in the midwest. Ted raced the car forever until its untimely demise at Muncie a few years back. In its later days it ran a blown motor and was a lot quicker than in the N/S days. I actually did some work on the car in the mid/late 90's when I worked out of the Automotion speed shop on Indy's south side.

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  12. mosconiac
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    I want to once again thank all of the contributors to this thread. I was born in '68, so I missed the golden era of drag racing & hot rodding for that matter. Your efforts here help me understand what that era must have been like.

    BTW, I collected 50's & 60's era rodding magazines when I was a kid. My Momma told me I was born 25 years too late. :)
     
  13. indybigjohn
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    I think you're right about the Chicken Hawk, Rooman. We used to love it when Ted showed up for a regular bracket race.
     
  14. Johnny C.
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    Any more information on this car? Specs? Is it around anywhere? Anyone know what happened to it? I have looked everywhere and can't come up with anything.

     
  15. jimdillon
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    partsrivet, great pic of Naeb's Vette. This car sold on ebay a few years ago in somewhat original condition (minus the engine-new owner allegedly found an original engine to the car). Great pic of it in competition.-Jim
     
  16. Ebert
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    Yep, John & Rooman, that had to be Fairmount's own Ted Harbit. Car was virtually destroyed at our old track (Muncie Dragway) a season or two ago, but would not put it past Ted to put it back together.

    (can't remember where I got this image from or who shot it or I would give credit)
     

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  17. partsrivet
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    Yep. that's the car I remember from '67. Drove it right down Washington street towards IRP just like he knew what he was doing. Great stuff! Thanks for the info.
     
  18. Tom S. in Tn.
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    You were blessed to be born when you were unless you get off on hi risk like the draft lottery.
    Tom S. in Tn.
     
  19. Muttley
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    I scanned that picture from the June issue of Hot Rod. The caption says:

    "The nature of this photo tells us it was shot for a feature story, though we didnt find it in print; it may have been published in Hot Rod or Car Craft many months after it was shot at the '57 NHRA Nationals in Oaklahoma City. Spot anything odd? It's not a Ford but a '33/'34 Dodge or Plymouth (with what might be a '34 Chevy grille; it doesnt seem rounded enough to be a '32 Ford), and it has an injected Chrysler set way back. A sticker on the windshield reads "Freeway Drag Racing Association Houston-Galveston", indicating an allegiance to the now defunct Houston International Raceway, known to the locals as Freeway Drag Strip."
     
  20. Mike VV
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    For what it may be worth...

    According to Ted...the Chicken Hawk is gone, never to return in it's original form (sic).
    He's currently running a coupla other cars, plus he's got a tube chassied Avanti to finish..!

    Mike
     
  21. Ebert
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    Thanks, Mike, for the update. Not surprised after I saw the "after" shots...just glad Ted made it through is back behind the wheel.
    Eric
     
  22. Johnny C.
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    Thanks for the info. I have been researching this car for over a month now. It is a 33/34 Plymouth 5 window coupe on a custom built chassis with a 33/34 Plymouth grille. It has a Hilborn fuel injected 1957 392 Hemi engine according to a picture and caption I found of it in a 1958 Hot Rod annual. It is a very cool car that seems to have just disappeared around 1958/1959. I can't find anything about the car or the Houston Rod & Custom Shop really. I would love to know what happened to the car and find some more pictures of it.
     
  23. Muttley
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    No problem.
     
  24. edweird
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    more from walterboro drag strip, i guess mid 60's. the strip is still there, but used as a driveway for the airport.there was also a road course there in the 50's and it drew drivers from all over the world.then the idiots in this town shut the whole thing down.
     

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  25. edweird
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    some more
     

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    and this.
     

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  27. BloFish
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    Probably, but still a cool pic:)
     
  28. noclubjoe
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    wow! this just keeps going and going, shit i remember when this thread started! 5 years later and its still killer!
     
  29. edweird
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    do you know this car ?
     
  30. partsrivet
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    No idea who these guys are but it was typical racing at Tulsa in the mid to late '60's. Most of the time when I went to these places it was a road trip with my buds, but occasionally no one else could make it so I'd do a one day flying trip to the venue. No, I wasn't some rich kid-I worked and saved up for these trips. This is when the airlines offered standby student fares and the planes were seldom full like today so getting around wasn't difficult. This day was different. I'd flown into Tulsa in the early morning and hitched out to Southwest Raceway, which wasn't that far away. Got most of the action then headed to the airport. Oops! The AA flight to Dallas was full, so I pulled out my timetables and made an alternative trip to Oklahoma City on a Continental Vicount and then caught a Braniff BAC 111 to Dallas. Cost for all three flights was $28-not much more than an overnight trip for a solo guy with gas room and food to cover. The non racer kids at school thought I was nuts, but I was having fun. I sure don't regret it now.

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