The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
Interesting quarter elliptic front suspension on this car
Definitely a Don Long car but there is not enough body to be able to identify it
Dick Huffer's car out of Chicago. Driven by Champaign, IL's Carl Johnson
Yea, back when out of the proverbial box experimentation was key.
I fully understand the need for "spec." cars today, but the past was a cool time to be around.
Don't know how long he kept the carbs.
After his disappointment at the first, 1959 Bakersfield Smokers event, they traveled North to Kingdon. By the time the races were on that following weekend, he had a 671 with the carbs on top. Now, that was the start of his 671 on the Hemi motors era. I am sure the West Coast competition was an eye opener for his racing group.
We saw him in December 1959 (Riverside Raceway) and again in March of 1960 (Bakersfield Smokers' March Meet #2). By then, he was fully powered (671 + injectors) and a lot faster than in the original 1959 Bakersfield Smokers Meet. It also started his episodes with the Giovannoni Cams era, too.
The saying goes...the rest is history...
ROO: In the late 50's and early 60's he was still in Seffner running the speed shop and they did indeed test the car at Twin City Dragway in Oldsmar, Florida and the Nelsen Bros. were doing the machine work at that time.
For some reason Art Malone was driving for those test sessions back in those day's.
Geter Nelson himself told me about building the Hemi motors and helping out with the machine work
Ohio George testing at Muncie Dragway.
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Looks like a Chassis Research LW106 chassis. Joe Jacono ran one in Top Gas. Chase
For years I've worked with Ernie Hashim's daughter Janice in Bakersfield, but didn't know the relationship till she saw me wearing a Famoso Speed Shop jacket and told me about her dad. After Garlits saw Hashim was using a blower, he asked Ernie about getting one. So Ernie gave Garlits a blower. When Hashim was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Garlits told Janice he'd never have been who he was if her dad didn't give him a blower back in the day.
Another. Ernie received a call at his house from Ed Iskendarian, who wanted Ernie to build him a blower. Ernie told Ed he didn't have a mill to do the needed work. A short time later Ernie answers the door, Iskendarian had bought and delivered a mill so Ernie could build him a blower.
The whole Don Garlits West Coast Tour in 1959 is best summed up in this excerpt from WDIFL article.
“After a humbling defeat at the first Smoker's Meet (in March of 1959) at Famoso, Don Garlits hastily equipped his "Swamp Rat" dragster with a supercharger and won the next big race at Kingdon two weeks later.” WDIFL
As West Coast drag racers were happy with the results at the March 1959 Smokers Race at Bakersfield, Garlits started to do some changes to be more competitive.
After the new 671 was added, he was off to Kingdon for some racing in Northern California.
“After incurring burns at a race at Chester, SC. in 1959 Don was unable to drive and his friend Art Malone, pictured here with Don, took over the driving. Don also changed over from the 8 carburetor set-up he had used previously, to a Hilborn two-port injector. With the ability to tune the car more accurately performance immediately improved. At one of the first outings with Malone in the seat at Sanford, ME. on August 23, 1959, the car set a new Standard 1320 speed record of 183.66 MPH.” WDIFL
The rest is in the history books.
Glen Yearsley photos
Glen Yearsley photos.
Glen Yearsly photos
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Wow, a name for me out of the past. Glen Yearsly, a friend from years ago. I have slides that are virtually identical. Very cool Tommy D.
Pete Robinson history day. RIP
All from here: https://www.hotrod.com/articles/the-legend-of-sneaky-pete-robinson/
Harvey Crane Made His Dynamometer Available So Pete Could Validate The Theory That Cam Chain Stretch Was Retarding Timing And Exploding His Superchargers. For Proof, He Rigged Degree Wheels, A Strobe Light, And An 8mm Movie Camera To Record The Phenomenon.
Pete Blasts Off The Line At The 1961 Nationals Against Dean Moon’s Mooneyes, Driven By Jim Nelson. He Surprised A Field Of The Nation’s Fastest And Quickest Single And Twin Engine Dragsters, Taking The AA/D Class Trophy And Winning Top Eliminator. Best E.t. Was 8.42, An Amazing Number In 1961.
Robinson Had A 6/71 Blower Atop His 354 Chevy, While The Mooneyes 301 Incorporated A Potvin Front Mount Supercharger Kit.
Competitors And Friends Joe Schubeck (left) And Pete Robinson Taking A Break At The 1962 NHRA Nationals. Schubeck’s Lakewood Chassis Company Initially Built Dragster Chassis And Then Hydro Formed Steel, Explosion Proof Bellhousings. Pete’s Chevy Powered Dragmaster Dart Rests Behind Them.
NHRA Winternationals Was Pete’s First Out West Event With The SOHC 427 And The New Woody Chassis. He Qualified, But Bearing Issues Forced An Early Exit. Note The Sign In The Background Proclaiming The Event As “Big Go West.”.
Pete Is Wearing His Usual Smile. This photo Shows The 2 Inch Blower Drive (a 3 Inch Version Weighed A Few Pounds More, So He Rejected It) System That He Used For His Early ’Cammers.
He Had No Belt Problems. But A Year Later, Blower Overdrive Dictated The 3 Inch Setup. The Cams In This Engine Were Still Chained Together.
Unknown Outside The South, Robinson Took The 1961 NHRA Nationals Top Eliminator In The Best Dark Horse Tradition.
Trophy Presentation Included Pete’s Atlanta Pal Julius Hughes (left), Pete, Co Owner Bill Word, And NHRA President Wally Parks. Pete Beat Them All With A Simple, Lightweight Design, Sharp Tuning, And Heads Up Driving.
AA/Dragster Class Trophy Run At The 1961 Nationals: Tom McEwen In Gene Adams’ 475 Oldsmobile AA/D Versus Pete’s 354 Chevy. McEwen Had Pulled To The Right Edge Of The Track For Better Bite.
Pete Was Tardy At The Flag, But The Amazing Little Chevy Won With An 8.86 At 170.77 Mph With Spiffy Whitewall M&Hs On American Magnesium Wheels.
In Early 1962, Pete Took His New Dragmaster Dart Chassis For Check Out Runs At The Old Newton County Dragway. This Track Was Later Called Atlanta Speed Shop Dragway And Owned By Fellow Racer Julius Hughes.
Pete Is Standing Just To The Right Of The Injector Scoop. The New Dart Was Much Lighter Than His First Dragmaster.
Robinson’s Dragsters Always Drew A Crowd Of Fans Anxious To See What He Was Up To. He’s Preparing To Fire His Car For Testing At Warner Robins In August 1968.
After A Baseline Half Pass, Sans Vacuum Cleaner, He Checked Over The SOHC 427 Ford, Then He Ran It Full Bore With The Pioneering Device. Pete Spins Wrenches As His Dad Looks On.
I wonder where this^^^^^ trailer is today????....
Tough crowd with what appears to be a 56/57 Vette stalking behind.........
From George Klass
Sometimes it's hard to remember that before we had 18-wheeler "transporters" with tool cabinets that cost more than a house, we had single axle open trailers and a tool box that we could carry with one hand. Our "transporter" was usually a trailer hitch on the back of the family station wagon or pick-up truck. It was a different time, but it was our roots and it is our heritage.
In honor of these dragster pioneers, many of whom paid the ultimate price, I'm going to devote this section to these racers.
The Coachmen Car Club dragster along side their very striking trailer. This club was founded by a few guys in High School in 1956. The trailer is one of many built by "Mr. Ed", a one piece fiberglass trailer body built in a mold like a fiberglass boat. Very popular, too...
That's were we stood back in the mid 60's! I swear we could see the front U-joint spinning when Gene Cromer (and others) stood'em up coming out of the hole! Back when going-to-the-drags was real fun..
Bamber v. Mazmanian...
Top picture Cordova - this picture Rockford DragWay staging lanes.
Braden Crowley photos.
Some "Oldie's" from my files. Maybe some will be reposts but didn't go through the 1955 pages.
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