The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
He is my Facebook friend now, great guy.
'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.
Tony Waters Roadster 1959 Riverside and 1960 Bakersfield Smokers March Meet #2
DRAG CARS IN MOTION...
Those were two events that most So Cal drag racers attended. From very early morning to late afternoon, the racing kept going on and on until there was the final race. (The late) Tony Waters looked strong at both places, but sometimes, things happen.
These types of events were just drag racing So Cal style. But, will last in our collective memories as historic steps in the development of drag racing. My brother and I missed the inaugural 1959 Bakersfield event that ended up in the dark, but the significance of Number 2 was evident. There were more racers, more of the latest technology, innovative designs, etc...
Hi rooman, Sorry mate,I thought these guys also needed to be mentioned, two other US Drivers were Earle Poage & Bob Mayer! the other Ozzie was Eddie Thomas. I guess i missed the Old Vandal in Dons museum, but i had only 3 hours to see all those Great pieces of Drag Racing & Hot Rod History, & May they All Rest in Peace! that are now in Hot Rod heaven!
When I was towing down there in the late 60's, I never thought I would someday be living 5 miles away. Carlsbad was the last strip my RPU ever ran at. An NHRA Division 7 points meet that got rained out. Ran 11.14 on Saturday, 6 100's under B/SR ET record. Only needed to back it up by 2% on Sunday. It rained all night. After 3 cars got stuck in the mud at the track entrance road, they called the meet. Two weeks later, at El Mirage, in our Studebaker, Rollie's little 301 blue chunks all over the course. No more B class motor. Shortly after that NHRA changed the class rules enough to render my car uncompetitive without cutting it all up. Racing career over.
Garlits rear engine Dart during a photo-op. The throttle hung and the trans exploded cutting the car almost in half.
The Peters & Frank Pulsator. Built as a full bodied streamlined FED it never performed to expectations.
This is actually the Frank, Klass and Lippencote (aka Muravez) Pulsator II
Thanks, I never knew there was a Pulsator II.
Well the drag world has lost another AA/FD pioneer. My good buddy Dick "The Shadow" Belfatti has passed and gone to the drag strip in the sky. Dick barn stormed the east,midwest and west coast from 1960-68 with 5 different "Shadow" themed fuel dragsters and his famous Corvair wheelstander call the "Trick Truck" . Dick drobe Shadow 1, 2 and 3 and had bobby Vodnick wheel shadow's 4 & 5 after dick suffered an explosion at York burning his lower torso badley. Dick returned to driving in 67 in his wheelstander till he retired to concentrate on his family business. God speed Dick ,we will all miss ya buddy..
Connie Kalitta in good times...
... and in bad (the cage did its job that day!)
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