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

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

  1. dmorago
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    Yah, that was were I saw them; OCIR for the sbc and the elect motors for the Beach. And as DND mentioned it was a little scary to see in action. Oh, the days of innovation, experimention, and surprises.
     
  2. D.N.D.
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    At the Beach they were just two rollers and the rear tires set down in them pretty good, so after is was running you had to give the car a pretty good pull to get it out of there

    Then push it on up to the line with the Zoomie's blasting that nitro right in your face, sure would clear a runny nose real quick

    Ah yah those were the days just ' Priceless '
     
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  3. 19Eddy30
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    Pic 3 , the Good year slick, ( wrinkling up ) about what year do you think ,
    Was it a new slick @ that time ,
    Where they called Blue streak ??
     
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  4. Muttley
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  5. D.N.D.
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    Jack's first all steel Comet fuel coupe [ in the pic above ] was all time cool with the exhaust pipes running to the back under the rear axle, like Gene's Blue 554 coupe and boy did they both sound great on a big load of nitro
     
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  6. rooman
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    Early shot of Ron Colson and Gary Wood's gasser. This car was followed by a AA/GD before Colson went on to drive various front line floppers and Wood founded Stiletto, making steering components.
     
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  7. rooman
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    From the legendary Hot Rod magazine story where Garlits explained what it took to go 200 mph after being the first to do that at an NHRA meet. I can still remember walking across the street from the gas station where I worked (after school and during summer vacation) and buying that magazine from the newsagent.

    http://www.hotrod.com/features/history/articles/1307-swamp-rat-vi-teardown/

    Roo
     
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  8. rooman
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    Very early photo of Leal's AWB car in the factory blue before the orange and white paint and Torque Thrust rear wheels. Looks like an AHRA event judging by the Ultra Stock classification.

    Roo
     
  9. Tom S. in Tn.
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    Vivid memories indeed! I recall the same thing at Bowling Green. Watching the fire-up for the next round got the crowd fired up.
    One of the saddest requirements was self starting in staging. (72 or 73?) Out on the podunk trail where they were roll started up the track, country announcers in the tower would work up the crowd and shout drivers nick names and where they were from, giving speed or win stats. A $3 gate pass let you in the pits or the safe side and any time nitro was involved, it was better than the Super Bowl.
    Tom S. in Tn.
     
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  10. Tom S. in Tn.
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    Looks like they were in a hurry building this car. Not a Mazmanian trait.
     
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  11. Tom S. in Tn.
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    ........ same Fomoco guru in a Vette??
    { I suppose it could be worse like someone I know who put a BBC in a T'bolt to run in Modified elim :) }
     
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  12. Tom S. in Tn.
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    I 'think' this is the same car in the Garlits collection in Fla. today.
     
  13. Chuck Norton
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    John certainly owned and built some beautiful cars but the rear wheel well cut-outs on the Corvette were cut that way when I first saw in in 1961 and I don't recall it ever being re-done. Not as esthetically pleasing as some but they got the job done.
     
  14. D.N.D.
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    I could never understand those fender cut outs my self, looks like they took a saber saw and never put a roll on the edge just not up to Maz's standards at all

    Did not make since the rest of the Vette was first class with his always pretty candy red paint jobs
     
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  15. ttwomotor
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    Thanks Chase - here is a little more of the story: http://twotogo.homestead.com/TTGHistoryVH.html
     
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  16. Picked up the current Hot Rod Deluxe and saw this short item from their history of the Golden Age of drag racing. I was just thinking about this car last week! I remember when the article ran in 1966 (the story says 68, I think it's a typo ), and have often wondered what became of the car. I think I recall the car was too heavy and was due to be redone, but then zip! THIS GUY MADE HIS OWN ENGINE FROM SCRATCH! Even as a 13 year old, it made an impression on me! His name was Byron Barnes, a machinist in Long Beach. The mystery is.....where is it? Scrapped. Under a tarp? Last seen in 1978, according to the article. ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING?
    Read on:
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    Ignore the pic of the Sox & Martin shop.
     
  17. Check out D/G winner D (Dennis) Cocker. That would be our '56 Chevy, "Yesterday Child". Dennis gave us the 4 foot tall Trophy
    from this race, as well as the one he won @ '64 Winternationals in E/G.
     
  18. BeBee & Mulligan
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  19. The Surfers. Note fancy paint job!
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  23. 0ldracer
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    Tom S. in Tn......the car in Garlits Museum is the 1941 Willys that was part of the 1989-1990 USA Racing Nostalgia Tour set up by Johnny Rocca. The other car on the tour was a Stone-Woods-Cook replica that Johnny Rocca still has. The Pittman car was donated to the museum by Rocca and his former wife.

    The 1933 Willys (pictured at the British Drag Festival in 1964) was destroyed in May of 1965, at a track in Mineral Wells. Texas. Ironically, Mineral Wells was K.S. Pittman's home town, and is where he rests today. RIP K.S.

    KSEngland1964.jpg

    KSwreck1965.jpg
     
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  24. dmorago
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    Are you and your brother planning on attenting Tribute to Gassers this August 29th event? It appears they have a nice set of special guest speakers. It's at Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo. Dick M.
     

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