The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
Headed to Mecum auction in January at no reserve. Get your bids in--
Some shots from a Rodding & Re-Styling magazine ,September 1964.
sorry for the picture quality ,the old bw pictures in the were not great , so I included the nice color shot .
Bobby Schlegel restored that to its injected iteration (before the blower was added). Last I heard Rich Venza owned it here in Atlanta.
Wheels up Wednesday
Chris Karamesines at Sanford, Maine 1964
1960 March Meet
My friend’s 34 black Ford 5 window coupe was my first introduction to a hot rod that won at the Lion’s Dragstrip in the A/Gas class. It had a big multi-Stromberg powered Oldsmobile motor and a La Salle transmission, with a locked rear end. When that black 34 coupe came over to our house on Saturdays and school vacation days, it was impressive. That style of a swept back grille and the stance of being lower in the front than the back was always “the” look that hot rods wanted.
So, when we went to the Riverside Raceway to see the top racers in the country racing each other, we saw a red 34 coupe.
Jim Miles Red 34 Coupe at :06
It was different, as it was a 3 window 34 coupe, but had the sleek grille for the swept back racing style. To us, that was the coupe style that we wanted to build some day. But, when we went to the Bakersfield March Meet in 1960, just several months away, we saw another 34 Ford coupe with 5 windows and almost the same performance and looks. Now, this red 5 window coupe made me remember our friend’s black 34 5 window coupe. Different classes, but similar in looks.
The black 34 coupe sitting in our driveway on the weekends was impressive. Getting a ride inside of the black 5 window was most impressive as it had so much power and flew down the road. Memories will last forever from that point on to today.
Although the following story tells about an altered coupe, to us, it reminded us of our friend’s 34 5 window coupe rolling down the dragstrip and away from our visits at our house on the Westside of Long Beach.
Our friend always remembers his 34 Ford coupe as he had to replace plenty of parts for the LaSalle transmission from parts coming from the big transmission pile on Terminal Island during those midnight forays. Also, having a locked rear end, the replacement parts were also found in another pile in the local scrapyards and another trip to the Terminal Island stack of rear ends piled high in a field. Luckily, we all lived within a mile or so of the scrapyards and the big stockpile on Terminal Island.
I recently made a new sound added film of that old 1960 Bakersfield March Meet moment on the Donnelly/Bolthoff 1934 coupe. I remember I had a digital copy of actual, original sounds made from an old December 1959 LP Album and with a little digital editing, it fit just right. For an altered coupe, the sound was pretty menacing and very cool.
Several local So Cal teams and drag racers made the trip back to Detroit for the 1959 U.S. Nationals and a company recorded the best sounds and information for a drag racing album. They ran the same red 1934 Ford Coupe at the Detroit location in September of 1959 and I filmed them at the Bakersfield Smokers March Meet in 1960.
Dick Donnelly and George Bolthoff Altered Coupe 1960
“George Bolthoff began drag racing his street-driven '32 Ford at Santa Ana in 1951, then drove several stockers, including a Super Stock '57 Chevy that was converted to a C/Gas entry in 1959. Bolthoff later placed the injected engine into a B/A chassis that won class honors at the NHRA Nationals in 1960. The same engine was later used in a dragster chassis to begin Bolthoff's Top Gas career.”
1960 Bakersfield Smokers March Meet, with "ORIGINAL DIGITAL SOUND" from the Donnelly/Bolthoff coupe just a few months earlier in September, 1959 from the Detroit Nationals.
Not a big deal but the Greek had / ran the Stuckey car in 1963..........!
I heard Bobby sold it, haven't heard from Rich Venza in a long time. He was on here all the time.
In an effort to not have films taken from the spectator’s side for all of our 16mm color movies, I wandered all over Lion’s Dragstrip for different looks at drag racing. If I had a telephoto lens, it may have been farther down the dragstrip and filming the blazing starts. Been there, done that, but it was a small non-telephoto film that captured the racing at its finest, for what I used.
My Lion’s Dragstrip pit pass allowed me to walk across the staging area from one side to the tower side seating. While I was walking across the staging area in front of the class lanes, I quickly took some movies as fast as possible. After the first one, no one bothered me, so I stayed low key for several other staging area films.
This early SBC powered dragster was pretty quick, but for the life of me, the FED is not identified in the films or notes. So, if anyone has documentation, you will be given acknowledgement on a huge public access photo file library that is coming up soon.
PM me, asap.
The white object in the photo is not a flash on the aluminum. It is the starter at Lion’s Dragstrip in his all- white outfit. For the people that have seen this one time photo, they all thought I took a flash photo. Flash photos during the day are used to fill out the composition, but in this case, it was a shiny reflection in the aluminum skin.
I took several other race cars films from my “official” place in the staging area, until a security guard came over to ask me a question. Eventually, I got asked to move to the pits seating or go into the pits area itself and stay out of the staging area. I got the picture. (pun intended) So, I wandered over to the tower side for some other angles and meeting my friend, Mr. Childers from the Dilday Ambulance Service.
another day with the two brothers and Mr. Childers.
Posted by Tom Nicklin on FB.
^^^^^ Is that Hugh Tucker vs. SWC? ^^^^^
It is Hugh Tucker but I'm not sure about the Willys.
Update- I found another photo that correctly ID’s the young man in the photo above. He is Bobby Grimes, the nephew of Tim Woods.
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