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

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

  1. 296ardun
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    Inspired by a thread on Saugus drag strip, I visited the Screwdrivers Car Club Facebook page...and found a treasure trove of old pictures of the lakes, Bonneville, and very early drag racing...if anyone owns the photos or does not wanted them posted, I will remove them....I don't have IDs for most:

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    Chrisman Brothers #25 at Saugus

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    Could be either Santa Ana or Paradise Mesa

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    Could be Santa Ana...very early, helmets were optional, apparently, even though the SCTA began to require them in 1948

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    Santa Ana...notice the circle under the front tire...that was painted on the Santa Ana airport during World War II when it was used for bombing practice...fly low and try to drop the practice bomb in the circle...it would wear away, so this picture is probably from 1950.

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    Santa Ana, circle is right behind the deuce...this is back when street-driven roadsters were still competitive at the drags

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    Saugus, Corwin sedan in back against a Chevy coupe

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    Lee Titus at Pomona...I believe that he started Lee's Speed Shop in Santa Monica.
     
  2. old flopper
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    As usual you’re on the ball!....mag is on wrong end for 392, not to mention it’s angled instead of straight up like 392 on back.
     
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    There were actually two rear engine Garlits' Darts. Big totalled the first one before it was ever seen in public and Cook only made a couple of runs in the second one before it too was destroyed. Cook did make quite a few runs in the roadster Dart which was actually a former Connie Swingle driven dragster under the skin. Read the full story by my mate Geoff Stunkard here: http://www.hotrod.com/features/history/1531-don-garlits-dart-games/

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    Thanks, Roo, I had heard only bits and pieces of the story, so this fills in a lot...I did remember that the other Dart was built in Michigan, but forgot by whom...was not Jay Howell also involved in building Maynard Rupp's "Chev-oom" rear engined funny car?
     
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    12366377_1126916830651647_7587122037512752161_n.jpg Kind of cool. Then and now.
     
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    The " Old Mission Race track."
    Before my time, anyone know if this was an early version of John Hawkins "Crazy Hawk" ?
     
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    Anyone know what this is or have any info?

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    That's my old c/gas willys. 005[1].JPG
     
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    Love the Pic!
    Man, you were way North of Home on this trip Eh..... :D
    Or am I just plain wrong, and that is not Mission? o_O
     
  27. That is a Mk 7 Bolwell GT with a chop top, Samson ('Magnum') rear wheels. Car is at the old Surfer's Paradise (Queensland, Australia) strip c. '74, '75? Rooman may call the shots clearer on this.

    Google Bolwell. Bitchin' cars;
    http://www.bolwellcarclub.com.au/
     
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  28. rooman
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    Beat me to it mate! Sorry I can't fill in any more details on that particular car. The Bolwell was a kit car (manufactured in Melbourne, Victoria) that generally used six cylinder Holden (GM) running gear. Following the Mk 7 the company started to build complete cars. The Nagari had 302 Ford power and came in coupe and roadster form. A few of them ended up running at the drags but I could not find any photos of them to post
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  29. rooman
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    Jay was involved in building just about everything in Detroit that did not come out of Logghe's shop (before he went to work for them). Here is some background:
    http://www.mmshof.org/inductees/jay-howell/

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  30. jivin jer
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    Both pics are the same (Mission) place and time. I'm a Seattle transplant to Texas.
     
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