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

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

  1. rooman
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    Photo by me from late 60's, maybe 1970. Coonamia drag strip, Port Pirie, South Australia. 1/8 mile, club run facility. The dragster is powered by a Holden "grey" motor--pretty much a scaled down Blue Flame Chevy six--came from the factory at 138 cubic inches but typically racers got them up to 155 cu in.

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  2. I've always suspected that there were safety concerns with starting these cars in gear in the pits, where there was likely to be lots of spectators nearby. I don't know the exact details of the process but can imagine that there were instances when a fired car could get off the rollers and cause some mayhem in a hurry. :eek:
     
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  3. Roller were dangerous in comparison.
    Still better than push starting on pit roads! A kid was killed at the Winternationals in 68-69? when an altered went out of control in the pits.
     
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    From George Klass...Carroll Brothers from Texas, Bones Carroll drove, blown Olds. They later went on to field some very strong fuelers.

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    Also from George Klass: Bader & Ferrera at Riverside. Gas altered from Cypress, CA, powered by a blown Cad.

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    and also from George Klass: Bivens & Fisher, Tom McEwen was one of the several drivers

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    final one from George Klass...early Peters & Frank...like a couple of other twins, they tried one blower, later both engines got lungs.

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    Don Ewald at Beeline

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    Goosic Brothers, from Arizona. First ran as a regular roadster, then body moved back to make it a modified roadster.

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    Here is the earlier version of the Goosic brothers roadster. Notice Lefty Mudersbach on the right.

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    Yes, another 554. Can't get enough of this car, in the Garlits Museum now.

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    Jack Doyle's "Slider" AA/GD, thanks to 55 Nomad for ID.

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    Chicago's Palmer Lazarus in the '56, racing "the Orange Crate" Crosley altered. Union Grove, WI?

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    Yet another George Klass: Vic Hubbard's "Flying Bedstead," late '50s, one of the longest dragsters of its time. Looks like Half Moon Bay.
     
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    Wow! This Thread is really heating up again with some outstanding Pics!
    Thanks to all Contributors!
     
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    Gary is right, there were a number of bad crashes from push starts that went wrong, including several at Lions, where the push start was down the track towards the starting line...stuck throttles got several cars destroyed...stuck throttle got a beautiful '34 sedan with a blown Chrysler destroyed on the push road at Fontana .... still, they were fun to watch, less fun to do.
     
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  9. Gary. Thanks for posting the old pic of Bruce Larsons camaro, he is a friend of mine, and a outstanding person.
     
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    How do I edit my profile page?
     
  11. I snapped this shot of the Bader & Ferrera Crosley at old San Gabe in '58.

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    11990620_1014932945225939_2819974346281291514_n.jpg I wanna check the Snell rating on his hat.
     
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    what's with the skunk haircut?
     
  16. Gabe Fernando
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    Thanks Bowtie. Much appreciated.
    Gabe
     
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    [​IMG]

    This is one week after Ramchargers crashed at Ubly. Ramchargers appropriated a new car body off the lot at a local dealer, installed what body parts that were still good along with the drive train from the crashed racecar and continued on with their scheduled match races.

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    A bit of history (just not in motion). This is Jim Crooke standing next to his "Assassin" digger, with none other than Bob Muravez in the seat. Jim was from the Seattle, WA area and came down to SoCal to pick up the pieces to what eventually became his SOHC dragster. I owned a dragster trailer company at the time, which is when I first met Jim. Anyway, Jim stored some of the "pieces" for his car in my garage at home (I was living in Torrance, CA) and met Muravez, Nye Frank, etc. As the car came together, Bob was selected to be the "test pilot" on the shake down passes at "the Beach". Here is Jim's story...

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  19. No not the Freedom Machine, although I did drive that one for Tom Dawes. It's Jack Doyle's Slider AA/GD in the late summer of 1968 with Doyle standing behind me on the line.

    Jack will be one of the inductees at the International Drag Racing Hall Of Fame ceremonies March 2016 in Gainesville. I have the pleasure and honor of being Jack's presenter and I'm looking forward to it.
     
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    12299129_938582239557070_5645040744793873606_n.jpg John Hilton AA/GD.
     
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    12301653_1031291173590510_1506521866594199633_n.jpg Not a good photo but I thought someone would know this car.
     
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    12313639_1031290986923862_5286246312496591742_n.jpg Repost? let me know.
     
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  27. The Jolly Green Giant! Owner was Bob ???? Mind is AWOL this AM, but that was a fun car to watch. The car was built about the same time as Steve Bovan's Nova. They did some "match races" at Irwindale a couple of Saturdays when there was nothing for them to race in class. The big green Impala was fun to watch make smoked in passes, but, damn, couldn't he have put that blown rat in a heavier car?!!
     
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    I believe that the owner of the Jolly Green Giant was Bob Davis.
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    I remember him from Fontana, Irwindale, Lions, and other venues around Southern California in late 1965 and early 1966. He bought the car out as a 396/427 horsepower, 4-speed car. Note the "dealer plate" in this early photo from Fontana. After a couple of months in that format, he converted the car into a fuel-burning funny car.

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    I don't think it was around for very long.

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