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

  1. Bucksnort
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    Thanks for the info,Don.Could not remember who drove the Spirit of 76.
    I'm thinking the same with the chassis.Pretty impressive.
     
  2. Magnus
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    Damn. Poster material if pixeled up a bit. Damn
     
  3. swcmaz
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  4. WCD
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    I was there once. I was what...5 maybe? And all I can recall was that it was pizza oven hot that day. My uncle had a friend from his work who was running a inj gas rail that afternoon. The day stood as my first intro into the world of drag racing
     
  5. Mazooma1
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    San Gabriel was my first drag strip, too....sometime in the late 50's.
    I was about 8 or 9 I guess. My Dad took my down to the finish line to watch and I sat on a cactus. No shit.
    My dad had to pull about 30 of those spiny buggers out of my Levis before we could continue to watch the races.
    He and I laughed about that day for many years to come.
     
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  8. Falconred
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    Does anyone have any more photos of this car: Sorry I don't know whose photo this is as I failed to keep records early on in my collecting.

    High Plains Drifter
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  9. brandon
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    whats the scoop on the vega....? is it a altered or...???? neat piece , judging by some of the names on the side....guessing its from the midwest (chicago ????)
     
  10. NITROFC
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    Let me see what i can find
     
  11. Smokey Linkey
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    Google "High Plains Drifter" Funny Car it will take you to
    70'sFunnyCars.com then scroll down 3/4 of the page and you'll
    have your answer. - Smoke



     
  12. Smokey Linkey
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    Guessing it's an A/FC that ran the East Coast Circuit of Jr. Fuel Funny Cars. They used to come to Dragway 42 back in the day, late 60s-70-71. - Smoke
     
  13. The Yoakum-Stavall was indeed an A/FC.Ran the midwest IFCA and UDRA circuits. Dennis Doubleday
     
  14. 117harv
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    Does anyone have anymore pics of the T truck with the bed mounted engine doing a wheel stand a few pages back?
     
  15. MoKanMan
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    This is a pic I took of the High Plains Drifter at Kansas City International Raceway in May of 1977.

    At the time it was driven by Jim McMurray. Jim was from Joplin, Missouri and was known for buying and selling race cars. I always assumed this was something he picked up in a trade and just raced a few times. Don't know who originally built it.

    In the early 80's, Jim stopped drag racing and started taking his 7 year old son around to go cart races. They went on to do other types of oval and road course racing, and I'm sure most of you have heard of Jim's kid, Jamie McMurray, this years NASCAR Daytona and Brick Yard winner.
     
  16. Bucksnort
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    The only thing I have on it is it was run by a guy named General Jerry Lee.
     
  17. Mazooma1
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    He ran it a few times at Irwindale...real nice guy, then he disappeared...
    This would have been about 1967-8.
     
  18. WillysRule
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    Here's a couple I found on the web. Sorry they're not the greatest.
    316jerrylee.jpg 317jerrylee.jpg

    There's also a couple shots in this James Handy drag photo album.
    http://jameshandyphotography.zenfolio.com/p126485665
     
  19. swcmaz
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    Willys Rule:

    Heres one for you.

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  22. 1940 Willys Coupe
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    Mr. Plummer,

    Thanks for the great shots of Steve Carbone.

    I lived in Tulsa,OK for a while and used to talk with Steve alot.

    The story he tells on burning Big Daddy down at the Nationals was great!

    Said the plan was not preconceived but the idea came to him while staging.

    A legend for sure!

    From Deep In the Heart of Texas!

    1940 Willys Coupe

    Now back to the Jack Daniels and Honeybun to start the day!
     
  23. swcmaz
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    Willys Rule:

    Thanks.

    I seen Steve at the HRR in Ky. a couple years back and he remeber me from 1972. We talked & he said, your that little rut who worked with Don Kirby. After all those years I was surpise he rembember me.

    It waws sad to hear of his death after seeing how well he looked in KY. I think it was about 6 months later he died.

    REQUEST: Could you post a biiger size print you have of Jack Coonrod?

    Thanks,

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  24. Just for the record from page 1007. This is info is not correct. This is not a restored 2010 pic. It is 1971`or possibly very early '72 and those were 2 different Boss Birds from the same era, very early 70s.
    The first one shownin post #20126 was not driven by Arnie Beswick and used a 426.
    This car shown here was Pontiac powered at the time of the photo and was burned and destroyed in a building fire in spring '72.
     
  25. My old man at the hit this past weekend in PA..after we push started him and pulled him into the beams...good times...




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  26. LeadSledMerc
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    The car looks awesome!!!:cool:
     
  27. wally bell
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    Very Cool.....
     
  28. TODD BERUBE
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    tyler any of the hilton gang heading to the chrr?
     
  29. Falconred
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    Thanks for posting the photo.

    The car was owned earlier by a friend (and/or possibly a group) who lives here in GA now. He was in Nebraska or some where out west at the time. The car was sold to McMurray and there is a story about the remaining payments that I won't get into here as I don't have first hand knowledge. The car was an old Billy Meyer car.
     
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  30. Bucksnort
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    Here is a couple of shots I posted recently on South Glens Falls Dragway thread.Thought they would look good here also.Bill Lagana's Comet is out on the Black Arrow but breaks an axle and rolls it.Bill was fine.







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