The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
Paul Frost was the ''guy'' that made Bill Stepps cars fast!
Red Hensley in the Hensley and Cook fuel modified roadster, Perryville, AZ. This car was one of the first to use direct drive, along with a Crower U-Fab manifold. Also one of the first roadsters to reach 150mph
Snake vs who I think is McEwen...not sure, though.
A couple of crew guys showing their appreciation to the photographer. Interesting minimalist approach to chassis engineering, and interesting front end...(from Chase Knight: Regarding the two folks with the BB/D flashing the International Sign of Good Will in post 51686, that would be Tony Garcia on the left, and Matt Rogg. Picture was probably taken by Austin Myers, car owner along with Matt. Louisville, KY based, this was one of Bill Stebbins chassis. Tony was driving the car that day, as Austin was driving Butch Hummel's Top Gas twin Chrysler in the background. Austin was an Honoree at this year's NHRR at Bowling Green.) Thanks, Chase!
Unknown A coupe at Half Moon Bay
James Warren...one of the best dragster drivers ever.
James again at one of the NHRA Nationals
and at the Winternationals...
another at the Winternationals
Ivo -- think this is Bakersfield
Bad Banana, that's all I know
Same car, no other information.
Ted Cyr in the Cyr & Hopper gas car at the '58 NHRA Nationals...won Top Eliminator
These guys were real innovators, cared more about performance than looks...body was pretty crude but it ran hard.
another shot...later they would shed the fenders, it was never a good-looking car but it sure won races and set records
Kohler Brothers, one of two very competitive Anglias from SoCal
This is the other won, Skip Hess, later paired with Jim Shores
Another shot...(Barry Meguiar and I went to the same high school)...this is an earlier picture before the rear Cragar
A later picture.....you Anglia guys would know this better than I...seem to remember that NHRA changed the wheelbase limit for gassers to allow Anglia's, Thames, etc. to run in the class, initially think it was 98" or something like that...forgot the details. These cars sure put on a show!
I remember this ad that Isky took out in Drag News after the Greek defeated GBP for the Drag News 1320 #1 position. Yes, Pete Millar portrays GBP as donkeys, with Keith Black (wearing 33, the car's number) running behind the car with a cigarette lighter, as GBP lost fire on one of the runs. The cam grinder wars were one of the fun things of '60's drag racing that is now gone. (I remember Art Chrisman saying that it didn't matter what cam you ran, a good tuner could win using a broomstick for a cam).
Julesburg, Colo strip is still in operation.
This car is still racing with the southeast gassers...there is a thread on the original owners son getting it back to the track.
If my memory is correct the original minimum wheelbase was 92" and the Anglias etc were 89"--oops!--not quite right but here is the full story, courtesy of gassermadness:
You were close enough!...thanks.
Don't have an ID for either car
No ID here either...
Gabby Bleeker after he switched out the blown Olds for a Chrysler...I think this car still exists in stretched form but have not seen it in years...steel-bodied Bantam. It gradually evolved from an unchopped, unblown altered into this, and later got a new frame. I remember him running Bakersfield.
Garlits at Great Meadows, NJ
When gassers were street-driven...no ID on either the cars or the track...anyone?
I am guessing that this photo has been posted here before, but not recently. Leroy Chadderton in the Magnificent 7 racing the Beaver Hunter, maybe Henry Harrison on board. Leroy did not know how to lift, made some of the wilder runs of this altered period, and sometimes could not get it stopped...ran off the end at Irwindale, banged up the front end, but ran it anyway in the next round.
Photo is marked "Rundel Brothers," but it is (or was) run by the team of Weeks & Noble, injected fuel Desoto. They may have sold it to the Rundel Brothers.
Found a few.
At Maryville Drag Strip in Tennessee, this ’32 Ford five-window coupe looks to be mostly stock, with power from a 348-ci Chevy W engine.
Unknown Dragsters at Lions
When the NHRA put a ban on nitro in 1957, drag racers had to find other ways of making power, so many resorted to superchargers. Generally, these blowers mounted atop the engine, but many racers used a Potvin blower drive, which positioned the blower in front of the engine (driven directly off the crankshaft) for better aerodynamics and driver visibility. (Photo Courtesy Larry Rose Collection)
Don Garlits was a pioneer in the sport of drag racing, and he campaigned a fuel dragster for many years. This is the Swamp Rat I, and it was simple by design, but struck fear in the hearts of competitors
The famed Speed Sport Roadster was an innovative machine with its mid-engine design and nitro-swilling Hemi, and it’s one of the most recognizable drag cars from the late 1950s.
This dragster is a home-built piece. The fellow in the sunglasses is Jim Smith of Dayton, Tennessee. He built, tuned, and drove the Hemi-powered rail.
This photo was captured at Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip in Hixson, Tennessee. (Photo Courtesy Larry Rose Collection)
Looks to be Ted Harbit in what would wind up later being known as the "Chicken Hawk". Car was destroyed in a bad crash somewhere in Indiana several years ago. Had evolved into a twin turboed still Stude powered beast. Mr. Harbit knows his way around the Studes.
Here a 64 funny car show! Are there even 25 AA/FC cars in the entire country now?
Nostalgia Funny Cars could make that show today!! There could probably be a 32 car BB/FC (alcohol) show to go with it.
Some fuzzy old Drag News photos, this from Feb. 1956. Posted as this is a really unusual engine, a SOC Cadillac engine built by Jefferies Boat Works and Jack Engle. I have never heard of this experiment before, but sounds like it worked. Wonder what happened to it?
Pretty minimalist flathead dragster -- reminds us that rear engined dragsters have been around for a very long time, this is '56
Ruddy & Weinstein normally ran this rear-engined roadster at Bonneville, but it also saw the drag strip. It has been been perfectly restored by Jim Busby's shop.
Notice Leroys right rear tire, no smoke. I know these car didn't go straight offend, maybe one of the reasons???lol. I was lucky enough to know Leroy, had my shop next to his in the "Alley" in Pomona. Great teacher even though he had a caustic personality. He taught me how to put things together right the first time.
Yes he is! Kicked my ass at Montgomery a couple weeks ago.
I have some questions regarding drag racing in the early sixties - 1960 /64 in particular - and Socal fuel racers of that time period. I would like to tap into the expertise of the posters on this thread who were around at that time.
Would it be permissible to post my questions on this thread or should it be handled with PMs? If PM is the way to go feel free to send me a note.
Depending on the answer I get, I will gladly delete this post if need-be.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't think this is drag racing as intended. This is more of a circus act or something you would see at at a Main Street holiday festival. And, the clowns usully sit in the rear. This is more a contest of who can stay between the lines. Dah!
Fire away with your questions as that is what this thread is all about, as some of us were there working on those early fuelers
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