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

  1. 296ardun
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    pomona opening klass.jpg
    Pomona, opening day, from George Klass. Pomona was a layer of pavement at the end of the parking lot of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. It opened with strong police support to get hot rodders to stop street racing.

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    and it did just that for a while, as this stock Olds shows. But even when Pomona opened, most of the cars were competition cars, and street driven cars had less of a chance. Still, it was a chance to see what your stocker or street rod could do in a measured quarter mile.

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    This was more like the kinds of cars that ran the drags even in the early days; George Cerney's Cadillac-powered deuce sedan, painted purple and yellow like his famous custom Plymouth wagon

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    Carl Grimes displays the 322" Buick in his A/Altered, at Santa Ana

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    Atlanta Georgia's Hoyt Grimes, slingshot style with a carbed Cadillac and a belly tank body.

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    and Hoyt Grimes fitting a blower to his Cadillac. This was all homemade, that's mostly the way that drag racing was done back then.
     
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    Yes, Gainesville. This was the first Turkey Trot event on Thanksgiving weekend in 1969. For many years it was one of the great independent races, along with Bakersfield and the Popular Hot Rodding classics. Regards, Chase
     
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  3. We used to stand along the fence right there on the fire up road and wait. We knew right where they would be when they lit off. They used to have what they called a Gainsville Smoker. Usually having a best of 3 match race with a pair of funny cars and top fuel cars. One of the best I saw was Big Daddy vs Clayton Harris. Garlits found out just how fast Harris was!
     
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    macs cars Picture 003.jpg
    Nice A/G, photo from the Dave McClelland collection

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    Joe Lee in Leonard Abbott's "Shifter," Lenco test bed.

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    Buddy Anderson, Chevy-powered Fiat, very competitive

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    Harry Duncan's "Jitterbug" coupe, 354" Chrysler. Duncan was friends with Chrisman and John Moxley, all were accomplished hot rodders. Duncan's car later became the Pacific Body Shop special with a 296" flathead. Norm Grudem photo.

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    Rod Riders coupe at Paradise Mesa.

    hanks tank amarillo.jpg
    Hank's Tank, from Shreveport, at Amarillo TX, racing a T-bodied coupe.

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    Rudy Perez, drag racer, photographer, HMB historian...Juggers Racing Team from Burlingame FL

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    Closeup of Tony Nancy's masterpiece, Ken Crawford photo
     
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    Rudy Perez, drag racer, photographer, HMB historian...Juggers Racing Team from Burlingame FL
    Burlingame California.
     
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  6. What's with the Gold MG on the cowl?

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    Milani/Gotelli--driver and owner

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    upload_2019-10-5_3-28-29.png Tapia Bros. Collection
    Hey R,

    That was one way to deal with funny acting trailers and hitch connections…

    Even towing the 1940 Willys Coupe that we built for the C/Gas class was a new ball game. We had to handle the Impala with a secure trailer hitch and new driving techniques. Driving the Impala was a new sensation and learning all of the ideas on trailer towing-style driving. The short distance from our Westside Long Beach house to the Lions Dragstrip was not that bad, it was a good thing we did not have to travel to far away strips, even in So Cal. Sometimes, in the beginning, it was the tail leading the dog… but, it was still under control.

    Innovation back in those early day of drag racing brought out some interesting ways to get to the drags. One was seen locally at Lions in 1958-59. The Tapia Brothers have a long history into drag racing. They got their start with one fast FED at Lions Dragstrip. The sleek dragster was very lightweight and was very quick.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/friday-art-show-1-18-19.1136621/#post-12916639

    Much has been documented from various sources and it led to the FED in action, versus, the twice as big, Green Monster in a match race. But, as usual, the little guy slays the big dragon.

    Jnaki

    And it all started with this photo from their neighborhood near Lions.
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    Tapia Bros at Lions Dragstrip
    Some kid in a red Pendleton going eye to eye with the Tapia Bros FED race car. What, me worry?







     
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    Sure looks like it.
     
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    Chase Knight confirmed it (and named the event) right after I posted that comment

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    Supposed to be the same car. 72183903_10218517909533306_3604939405002801152_n.jpg 72452843_10218518184860189_2616239273493397504_n.jpg
     
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    Former Gary Cochran car? 72715759_10220300534485122_2288355100680257536_n.jpg
     
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    Gary ran a "Roy" (SPE) car in 1970 and this is definitely one but the roll bar looks a little low and the cowl a bit high.
    Hmmm! I just found a couple more shots of Gary's car and they do look more like this one.

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