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

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

  1. tommyd
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  5. Saw that car about a month ago at a Gasser Show in El Segundo where my Anglia was displayed
     
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  6. 296ardun
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    More early pictures from the Screwdrivers Car Club site:

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    Saugus, early '50s

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    Saugus, back when street driven street roadsters were still competitive...

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    Saugus

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    Saugus, 36 fuel coupe

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    Saugus...these competition cars were close to street-driven cars back then, an indication of how drag racing evolved

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    Probably Santa Ana, Otto Ryssman, Crosley-bodied competition coupe...Otto would remove the somewhat crude body and run the car as a dragster...Later he would have to quite drag racing after losing a lawsuit filed by the family of a spectator at Santa Ana who died after being hit by a piece of shrapnel from Otto's car......Otto died earlier this year.

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    Detour to San Gabriel, not from the Screwdriver's file...Steve Gibbs was one of the managers here, and ran the place very professionally...never forgot that drag racing is about the racers and the spectators...(note what appears to be some kind of early Christmas tree starting system, maybe for lining up the cars...but the flag starter remains.

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    Santa Ana...I am pretty sure that Don Montgomery is driving the Hudson -- as Don tells the story, his parents did not want him to own a Ford because they feared he would hot rod it...so he hot rodded his parent's Hudson when he got it...but it was not competitive, so he went on to other unique hot rods (a Cord, a Buick, etc.) before getting Larry Shinoda's deuce coupe and building a very competitive fuel coupe from it...Don is on here as "Rockerhead," though have not seen him post recently...he is also, in my book, the country's premier hot rod historian.

    Cool custom in the far lane...8 portholes, no less.

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    Saugus...dragsters were pretty minimal back then.
     
  7. The 3 bulb tree at San Gabe predates the full on tree by about 6 months. It was supposed to eliminate the possibility of jumping the flag. If you look on the centerline, about 10 yards behind the flagman, you see a little box. The box had a button on it that the started depressed with the tip of the flag. It was linked to the clocks, and if one car left before the flag stick completely raised the button, a red light came on in that lane. It was actually pretty effective. The drivers who had learned to "read" the various starters were not pleased with the system.
     
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    Gabe, I'm fairly certain that is a newer build.....for some reason I am thinking some shop in New York or New Jersey had two or three similar builds out of cars that normally you wouldn't see built as a gasser. It looks more like a 70's street freak style car to me than a gasser.
     
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    Yep,
    I think that most of those new east coast "gassers" are associated with the guys at Radir wheels. They don't do much for me in the way of nostalgia, just street freaks as you note.

    Roo
     
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  12. Gabe Fernando
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    The more I look at it I think you're right. Thanks.
     
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    Yep, distorting history one car at a time.
     
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    Excellent Choice! That's Darryl Fischer's real-deal survivor. It's all steel except the rear fenders.
     
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    Spoggie and rooman, thanks for the info mates.
     
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    Bad assidness at it's best. Ted DeTarr's Falcon is always worth a second look. Damn!
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    & I'm not even a Ford guy!
     
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  17. Gabe Fernando
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    Great pics Ardun. Especially the San Gabriel one. Thanks.
     
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  18. 1934coupe
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    I think this car was at Dover Dragstrip when this picture was taken, Dino can you confirm or deny this?

    Pat
     
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    Ardun, was Saugus the strip that had a two lane road crossing the strip at the end of the run with a hill on the other side of the road.. There was one SoCal strip were we first tested the Millwinders coupe when 96 was first built. I saw one roadster who couldn't stop who went across that road, up the hill, and flew like a bird. Lucky the guy wasn't hurt. Nes... Millwinders
     
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    Pat I believe you are right because I remember the car but for the life of me I forget who owned it. I saw it many times at Dover and I am thinking the person who owned it might have been from Stamford, Ct.
     
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    12391353_1639704902946525_1794985987013722308_n.jpg Sitting in a trailer for a couple of decades. Saw the light of day today. A Joe Teuton facebook post. 12366461_1639704916279857_4138282150835798930_n.jpg 12366337_1639704926279856_2037015035492674764_n.jpg
     
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    If you went to the first Hot Rod Reunion, you might have seen this one parked in the "gasser" area. CW and Scott Holton brought it up and fired it frequently. At that time, James and Fischer was lettered on both sides. It might even be in the tail end segment of NHRA Today where Steve Evans signs off while cruising thru the pits in a 33-4 roadster.
     
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    The track you refer to sounds like Pomona, as there was a road at the end and a golf course on the other side of the road, and lots of cars over the years went up the hill ...Saugus did have a road at the end of the strip, but not sure if there was a hill on the end....here is a picture of the track from the air:

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    The starting line was where the hills at the right are, and the finish line is at left, road runs across the end...(love your stories about the Millwinders!)
     
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