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

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    New Jersey's Wally Lynn ran this Lyndwood chassis car with backing from Don's Speed Shop in Metuchen N.J. The FE motor seen here was later replaced with a Cammer Ford.

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    Some history from down under--these photos are from the 1966 Dragfest event at Surfers Paradise International Raceway on the gold coast in Queensland. As with the UK dragfest, a group of US cars were shipped to Australia and ran at events at Surfers, Castlereagh (Sydney) and Calder (Melbourne). Bob Mayer and George Schrieber ran their fuel cars and Ron Colson, Earl Poage, Bob Keith and Tony Nancy made up the gas dragster contingent. Ash Marshall and Eddie Thomas were their Aussie opposition.
    The photos come via my old mate John Winterburn who went on to become race director at the Surfers track and was later instrumental in the building of the Willowbank facility which now hosts the biggest drag race event outside of the US.
    The Melbourne event was originally scheduled to be run at Riverside Raceway which was a former airstrip almost in downtown Melbourne but the advertisements touting 200 mph dragsters scared the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation that leased the facility to the hot rodders who ran the races and the US contingent did not run there. It was a huge disappointment for me as I had made the 500 mile trip from Adelaide to see the US cars.

    Bob Mayer in his Nitromayer fueller
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    This appears to be Earl Poage
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    Australian drag race pioneer Eddie Thomas had recently installed a late hemi in his car in place of the wedge Mopar that he ran previously but still had the front mount blower.
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    A couple of the locals. The Fiat may be Ron Gardner's Liquideater with Y block Ford power
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    In the near lane it is Hans Klemme who towed his Y block Ford powered dragster up from Melbourne--over 1000 miles of two lane roads
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    Stock eliminator action with a pair of Holdens (GM)
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    Bob Mayer
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    Bob Keith in the Dos Palmas Machine big block Chevy car
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    John Anderson's flathead powered 32 roadster faces of against what may be Ralph Donahoo's bucket
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    Tony Nancy's Wedge in the right lane and Ash Marshall's Vandal in the left
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    Follow up photo to the one above
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    Roo[/QUOTEIn the first photo. I'm trying to figure out what is under the zoomie. Kind of looks like an oil filter adapter?

    Tommy,
    that is exactly what it is. The stock early hemi filter package is on the right side of the block just ahead of the bellhousing with the filter sticking straight out and it was common to relocate the filter with a remote mount.

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    Years ago I went thru Frank Hawleys Drag racing school in Florida.
    I drove one of his alcohol Funny Cars.
    A second cool thing about that outing, was Don Gay Sr. and Don Gay Jr. were also in the same class. He had two cars and they had different height roll cages, so Don Sr. and I shared one car and Don Jr. and a guy from Orange County (SoCal) shared the other car.

    I could write about a page on those three days, but suffice to say, I got more than originally bargained for with that entry fee..!
    Great fun.

    Mike


     
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    Bob Keith's Courtesy Chevrolet AA/GD. One of the first cars to run a big block Chevrolet motor.

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    Those Minilite style Ameicans have to be pretty rare, I've only seen a few on drag cars.
     
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    Don Moody in the Moody, Davis, and Purcell top fuel car off against Jack Ewell. Manuel Maldinado posted this a few years ago, it is worth repeating here. This was before zoomies and slipper clutches, at Pomona, around 63, I think. Joel Purcell later took the Moody, Davis, and Purcell car off the end at Pomona, was pretty badly hurt. Ewell's car survived and has been restored.
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    Clipping from San Fernando, 1956. The Yeakel-sponsored Baney-Rackemann roadster with its famous upside-down Von Dutch painting on the grille insert, against another hot roadster (designation for fuel roadsters before the "fuel altered" designation. The Yeakel car ran a hydromatic trans modified by Fran Hernandez, which surprised some competitors. Art Chrisman lost to this car when driving the Reed Brothers roadster; "I didn't hear you shift" was his comment after the run.

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    Jameson, McClelland, and Koonz -- the "other" Reath Automotive-sponsored Fiat altered, sometimes confused with the Ratican, Jackson, and Stearns Olds powered altered. This is Chevy powered.

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    Jay Cheatham's coupe, before his jump to gas dragsters.

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    Bob Joehnck was one of Santa Barbara's legendary hot rodders, and his shop is still there. Here he is in a contest with the Drifters of Redondo Beach, at Paradise Mesa. This was back when fuel coupes had to run fenders. Under the fuel ban, gas altereds became lightweight Fiats and Bantams, and these heavy Fords became obsolete. With the end of the fuel ban, some gas altereds switched to nitro and "fuel altered" was born, with both roadsters and coupes in the same class.
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    the state of Oklahoma produced some great drag racers, this was built by one of them, Cody Parr. It was a consistent class winner whereever it ran.

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    Tony Waters, still running the GMC, before Smokers purple paint and a series of blown Desotos. The car later went to San Francisco-area drag racer Ray Matelli, and ran with Champion Speed Shop sponsorship. It has disappeared, however.
     
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    I can assure you there was nothing comfortable about those fire suits!
     
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    View attachment 4332314
    the state of Oklahoma produced some great drag racers, this was built by one of them, Cody Parr. It was a consistent class winner whereever it ran.

    296ardun I’ve known Cody for almost 40 years and have had many conversations about this car this version has a sbc in it prior to this engine it had a early caddy in it and had a chain driven 6-71 Blower he said in all the time they ran it like that it never lost a chain which surprised me
     
  16. Too bad Tony Waters little Dodge powered T is lost. It is a pretty historically significant piece, nearly winning the March Meet in 1960.
     
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    Interesting scoop. 65529753_10211556063457163_629060851705315328_n.jpg
     
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    65673130_2365419077076313_7928043963766800384_o.jpg Joel Johansen archives
     
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    He is my Facebook friend now, great guy.
     
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    '59, he blew the blower in '60, I was on the fire truck, I think you were there too. Yes, several have looked in vain for Tony's roadster after it disappeared, but it has never been found.
     
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