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History Drag cars in motion.......picture thread.

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

  1. I was Denny, and you are absolutely right. I wish every serious drag race fan could have been there!
     
  2. jnaki
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    Hello,

    We were in the right place at the right time in 1960. Taking a break from our racing days, we were sitting in the stands eating lunch of the famous Lion’s Dragstrip hot dogs and Cokes. The 16mm color film camera was a point and shoot, so it was pretty simple to see who was one of our favorite racers /sponsors and entertain the fans.

    The 1929 modified Ford Sedan of Dosser Motors/Reath Automotive was in the Altered Class and ran against the popular Bader and Ferriera in their bronze Crossley Sedan.

    Jnaki

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    If my brother and I had decided to build an Altered Sedan, it would have been similar to the White/Yellow Reath Automotive special sedan. The owners list of this sedan goes back in time with the Joe Mailliard /Reath Automotive shop in 1958 and throughout the years, had different names (Koenig/Reath, etc.) to the sponsorship door.
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    In 1960, it was Dosser Motors, a Jeep dealer down the street from our old high school.
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    Reath vs Bader/Ferriera 1960
     
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    That 64 Ford was one of the all time best looking cars including the interior..
     
  6. Kelly Burns
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    I can’t confirm, but I had heard it and a couple of other “Lightweight” Galaxies including one that was either owned or driven by Bob Glidden, were owned by a guy somewhere around Indy. I’ll post a picture of what could be the Galaxie associated with Glidden.

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    That car was for sure. That car was an Ed Martin car that Bob Later drove. It was later owned by the guy in Madison In. , then Steve Dillman , Fred Robinson , The Shupperd family , Bill Bruce and then off to the north somewhere never to be heard from....for now anyway. As far as I know Bob never had Light Weight Galaxie. The Joe Brown T Bolt and Romey Harris Light Weight are in Indy for sure.
     
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    @tommyd could one of those guys have had a petroliana collection? Not like most, but I mean a ton of a collection of gas signs and pumps? Went to a guys house to buy some FE cast iron headers and and 2-4 intake and he said he had “some old Ford race cars in a building”. I just not kinda put it together?!?

    I was at the Force cruise in before the Nationals once, and this older gentleman comes rolling through in a T-Bolt, restored perfectly, and this guy makes a comment to another that it had to be a clone, you wouldn’t drive that nice of an original, and he replied, that’s (I don’t remember), he has a bunch of rare stuff like that. You mentioned T-Bolt made me think of that.
     
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    Sounds like them although the T Bolt hasn't been driven since the early 80's. The restoration is getting close to being done but business and life keep getting in the way.
     
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    Here are the cars. I was with them drove in but mine is a hard top. Screenshot_20211118-173433_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20211118-173541_Gallery.jpg
     
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    @tommyd ill be anxious to see what the T-Bolt looks like after the restoration is complete. I’ve always liked ‘64 Fastbacks, but I’d really rather have a hardtop post car.

    Seems I remember a white ‘64 that may have been tubbed with steel wheels up your way also.
     
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    I don’t know if this picture has been posted yet or not, it’s my buddy Doug’s late father Dave Duell.


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  13. jnaki
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    1937 B/Gas Chevy Silver-Green, Bayer/Frietas vs Al Hirshfield Studebaker

    Hello,

    During our time at Lion’s Dragstrip, we saw plenty of fast Gas Coupes and Sedans racing every weekend. Some were outstanding and we knew what we were going up against if we completed our 1940 Willys Coupe with the 292 SBC with a 671 supercharger making some power.

    location: :12 sec to :22 sec green 1937 Chevy Coupe Bayer Frietas

    At first, B/Gas was our goal. It was our development stages with the new motor and coupe. Then after a few months of running B/Gas with a carburetor powered SBC, we rebuilt it to 292 with all blower spec parts and a new 671 supercharger. Now, that would have kept us in the B/Gas class, but with some extra weight welded in place for frame and body rigidity, we dropped into the C/Gas arena where we knew there were still some top competitors from all over So Cal.

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    The other teams also had similar ideas of moving from one class to the next, but once the cars were dialed in, most stayed in the same class. The Bayer/Frietas 1937 Chevy Coupe was one of those great competitors and ran against some powerful teams in the B/Gas class. They set records.
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    Jnaki


    Eventually, they wound up with their version of the twin engine SBC FED for their further drag racing history.

    Bayer Frietas AA/Gas Dragster in 1960

     
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    I’ve been listening to the American Hot Rod Foundation’s podcast interview with Bob Muravez this afternoon, it’s really interesting, I’ll have to finish it in the morning.
     
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    The 554 coupe is one of my all time favorites, it would have been interesting to see this thing run full blast quarters on Nitro!
     
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  18. Yes, it was "interesting". Down right thrilling is what it was!!
     
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    Big and Swingle - Looks like maybe HMB CA
     
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    Posted by Tom Nicklin on FB. 28F62C41-40E2-4B8E-B0F5-24F1CEA522A5.jpeg
     
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    Seeing it and hearing it, is a sensation I will never forget. I saw it in June of 63 at Puyallup Wa. with Jungle driving, and many times in the 80's with Gerry Steiner at the wheel, what a car !!!
     
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  24. jnaki
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    Hello,

    Would you settle for a short film clip from 1960 at the Bakersfield Smokers March Meet #2? Just imagine the loudest set of exhaust pipes humming to the fine tune. Then picture the sound plus acceleration right in front of you. Now, you get the picture.
    1960 Bakersfield Smokers March Meet


    One day, I will find the sound of the original race car and then I can edit to the silent film. If anyone has a real Mooneyhham/Sharp sound recording, please contact me via a PM. Until then, you will have to use your imagination. Let this cool drawing by @Dean Lowe give some attitude to the coupe.
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    Great artwork from 1963

    I was crowded against the chain link fence at Bakersfield, trying to get the best films I could take. All while fighting off this blond lady who kept pushing over and getting her bubble hair in the frames. There was no need to lean over as we all had a clear vision of the race cars racing. But, bubble head kept thinking, if she leans, she could see better. At least the films came out somewhat clear and jiggle free.

    Jnaki

    The day was long, the racing was outstanding and memories of that day are still in my mind when I get to glance at the color films on my computer file and on the You Tube channel
    J NAKI. They are some of the only color racing films taken and preserved from that early March Meet in 1960. I had to fight for every inch of space to get those films as best that I could. Now, they are HD quality digital copies while my originals sit in temperature controlled closet, still in the 16mm metal reels.

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    A repeat but this has to be one of the most unforgettable drag shots ever!

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