The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
Love these photo's almost feel personal connection here.
That Pammy knows how to check her mans vital parts.
This car is unique because it represents pinnacle of factory involvement in drag racing of that era. It was one of 50 factory purpose built drag cars delivered from factory as seen, except it gray primer from factory and even arrived at dealership on carrier with other new Plymouths.
It was a 1968 Plymouth Barracuda code B029. Came ready to race with 426 Hemi short ram two 4’s with performance package, Fiberglass front end in black primer, interior gutted with only two lightweight bucket seats up front and no rear seat. Thin lightweight windows and no window regulators, door windows were held up by strap snapped near bottom of door on inside and lowered by unsnapping strap lowering window as strap was allowed to slide down inside of door with glass. No exhaust system other than headers and some modified suspension parts. It was ready to back off carrier from factory, pull to starting line and go Super Stock racing. But it did include a window sticker with disclaimer that it could not be titled and bold wording “Not Intended For Street Use”. Those were crazy days.
There does not seem to be a definitive number as to how many how many BO29 Barracudas (and BO23 Darts) were actually built for Chrysler by Hurst Performance but evidently there were at least 50 of each constructed to make them legal for NHRA Super Stock competition. As well as the other modifications noted by old flopper, the cars also came with a Dana 60 rear end that came out of the "B" body cars and thus the rear wheels as supplied were an oddball offset with the rims moved back on the centers to get the tires under the fenders. The Barracudas had the factory rear wheel openings but the Darts required a "radius" job to get the rear end/tire package to fit.
Thanks Roo, IIRC rear rims pictured are the ones you describe here.
I'm not sure where recent batches of photos came from but the guy mentioned George Klass so I'm going to give him a shout out anyway. George's site is FULL of great photos.
L. A. Dart
They used the A-100 Dodge seats in those cars, I duplicated the formed aluminum channel, mounting frames, from photos, for a friend that's building a Hemi-Dart.
Now, That's what I'm talkin' about!
Wenderski at San Fernando .... Ivo car, you can tell by the long radius rods...we all know how it ended up.
We had to start somewhere....Santa Ana, early '50s, looks like a Riley head...is that a Wico mag?
Panic wins a 16-car fuel altered meet...Howard Haight driving, the other guy holding the trophy is Don Wilson. Don and I started Panic with a Les Hawkins chassis, I ran out of money, got married, and Don then partnered with Gary Hazen, with the hat next to Haight. Don, who was a polio survivor, passed away a few years ago...was a long-time Blair's employee, where I knew him.
Brown & Koulan blown Olds fueler, not sure where, maybe San Luis Obispo? The A Sedan behind is the Roach and Torgeson AA/GS from the Santa Barbara area, which ran a blown Olds in a 4-door sedan. It was amazing to watch.
A couple more shots of Panic for you. From the altered thread.
Best for last
As noted when this shot was posted here a couple of weeks ago this is Tim Beebe's motor in McEwen's (at one time) Tirend sponsored car. After John Mulligan's fatal accident at the US Nationals Beebe had some match race contracts to fulfill so he put his late hemi in McEwen's car and finished out the season that way.
Dick Brannan's "Goldfinger" A/FX Mustang in its original form and so labelled because the James Bond movie of the same name had just been released. This is actually the very first of the A/FX Mustangs and was originally painted red. It was one of two prototypes built by DST for Ford and the second (white) one was used as a template by Holman and Moody when they built the remaining 10 cars. Later in stretched wheelbase configuration and with GT350 style rear quarter windows it raced as "Bronco".
"Speedmasters" may have been a backer but the car is the Fireside Inn AA/C and the driver is Larry Dixon Sr.
Kent Fuller chassis with a body by Arnie Roberts. The body is similar to the Adams and McEwen "Shark" car but Fuller never referred to it as such. Photo is likely from 1965 as Safford, Ratican and Gaide were still running the old Sour Sisters car at the March Meet in 1964. You probably can't see it in the photo but the Donovan valve covers have Oldsmobile engraved in them as a nod to the previous car's powerplant.
Does Bruce Walker still own it ? I remember him running it in the 80's, before he built a new Nostalgia Top Fueler.
All the little (and big) tidsbits you contribute to this thread really helps put the people involved at the forefront, not just the cars.
If anyone following this thread has not perused the "We did it for love" website, you will really find the back story's of many of the 60's cars and people quite insightful.
I recently read the tribute to Pat Foster and was highly enlightened and entertained.
The personal replies at the end are quite lengthy but worth saving and going back to as time allows.
This car and "Bronco" were to separate cars.
Bucky has the Fireside Inn car Marty
EDIT: from Dean Lowe it's the RAMCHARGERS CAR
Phil Bonner Daddy Warbucks
Hodges Dodges was just a sponsor. That is the Ramchargers car.
Thanks fixed it.
Not only is it the Ramchargers car but it is at Pomona (at the Winternationals) and Connie Kalitta's "cammer" Ford powered car is in the other lane and that is Buster Couch between the cars. This photo was posted on March 6th with a follow up comment on March 18 regarding the identity of the driver so this time around it is really just a waste of bandwidth as no further information has been added (apart from my comment above about Buster), The same applies to the repost of the McEwen shot which dates back to March 18. The two Lions shots that open the most recent post have also been up in the last few months as well. I understand that there are a huge number of shots in this thread and some will inevitably get re posted over time but seeing again them a few weeks later with no added information is just a waste of time and space.
And the famous moment that Don Garlitz invented the rear engine dragster!
I love this shot. Note the clutch disk flying toward the stands.
The first shot is of a model diorama and in the case of the real action shot the actual "invention" did not come until a bit later.
And to be truthful "Big" did not really invent the rear engine dragster as there were many built well before he did it including a bunch that were quite successful for their time. What he did was iron out a few of the problems that had plagued the most recent prior efforts, primarily by slowing the steering down.
I think I read that BIG conferred with Pat Foster on that steering issue correct.
He may have (as Foster had back motor experience) but Connie Swingle was the one who suggested slowing it down as he, Big and TC were headed home from a test.
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