The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
That's the way I remember it. Palamides into American Racing.
A friend sent this to me, Albuquerque Dragway around 64.
If this is the car that was featured in Hot Rod magazine in the sixties it belonged to two brothers who lived in Long Beach, Ca. A friend of mine, John Hoven, tracked them down in the early seventies in an effort to find out what they had learned about the centrifugal blower in a drag race application. They invited him down to their house and I rode with him one evening. They showed and told him everything they had learned and then gave him boxes full of parts and pieces and said "we're done with it, why don't you give it a try" to which he gladly accepted. He never got around to trying it; experimenting and testing gets awfully expensive when you're trying to run a fuel funny car every week. That box of parts is still floating around southern cal somewhere just waiting to be found.
Yes, Joe Koenig and Steve Pick, first ran a centrifugal blower, later ran a more conventional 6-71. Steve Pick was the engine builder, and it was featured in Hot Rod Magazine, because of the unique induction system and also because it ran a unique front suspension. Joe Koenig ran a '29 fuel sedan before this dragster, both were from Long Beach...hope those parts get found...(Steve Pick would later run the "Black Plague" top fuel car that Frank Rupert drove).
Here are a couple of pictures of the car at San Gabriel before they switched to the 6-71, from Don Ewald's site
Bean Bandits at Pomona, maybe '53? These guys were one of the strongest teams in drag racing back then, mechanical geniuses who ran lots of different engines in this and succeeding cars.
Lutz and Lundberg, think they were from Minnesota, here racing in Virginia
The Grave Gamblers twin blown Chrysler run by Fred Dannenfelzer, from the Santa Barbara CA area
Ivo in front of the Union Grove timing tower.
Pete Gates, was a protégée of Dyno Don
Leffler & Loukas fuel coupe at Bakersfield...these guys towed all the way from Parma OH to compete -- Bantam body, homemade frame
Fred Larsen usually ran Bonneville, but here he takes a shot at the 1/2 mile drags at Riverside. He worked at Moon Equipment for many years and build numerous record-breaking salt cars
Hedric and McClure fuel modified roadster...Holly Hedric worked for Keith Black, built this roadster specifically to compete with the Speed Sport Roadster, but it was too heavy. I have often wondered if this was the former Henslee and Cook roadster that in turn was once run by Paul Sheiffer. Holly lived in La Canada, near Pasadena, and often bought his nitro from Blair's.
Fred Dobney with his gas Chrysler powered modified roadster. Fred was a high school principle from Role, AZ, and formerly ran a gas Studebaker-powered roadster. Very early '60s
Vic Hubbard's "flying bedstead," one of the longest dragsters of its time, at Half Moon Bay.
At one point drag racers even had their own business cards...this from the Greek
Mr Flathead, John Bradley, at the ATAA world series of drag racing
Gary Cochran at Carlsbad
Sammy Hale in the Champion car vs Lee Pendleton in the Allison-powered car, Half Moon Bay
Hawaiian, near lane -- either late or the other driver red-lit
1965 NHRA NATIONALS Indianapolis, Indiana
1963 NHRA NATIONALS Indianapolis, Indiana
Hill-Zartman "Filthy Forty"
York US 30 Dragway, York, Pennsylvania 1964
Dragmaster with Latham blower
Goodies in San Jose sponsored a lot of cars, including this steel MoPar
A&B Speed Shop, strong running Chevy
A couple of stockers choose off in the late '50s...these guys would never make headlines but they were the core of the sport
No ID on this blown Chrysler powered car...
No ID, looks like Ardun in the nearest car, Powers & Riley from Iowa ran one, this looks like the Midwest, maybe P&R?
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