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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
# 26063-26066 been there done that see my avatar
So that's where the Gene's car came from! Thanks, Bucksnort!
WCD, that little mid engine car is cooler than heck! I like it!
Just think what an animal you could build today with a modern banger!
When I got old enough to drive (1967-68) I used to go down to Champion Automotive every week and see what they were building. I saw this car a bunch along with the other stuff they were building. Hung out, never said a word to anyone, they never said a word to me. But I was so stoked just to watch those guys work.The Corvette/dragster was whack!
Vette "panel" gives away the responsible party here-George Reece a long time funnycar match racer from the late 60's to early 70's. He ran a exhibition funny in 1969 that was comprised of a long, stretched and narrowed 66 Corvette shell that cloaked a SBC top fueler. I would say that this is the very dragster that used to help construct the car.[/QUOTE]
WCD, where's you get those pics of the George's Corvette digger?
Here are a couple of Gene's Flintstone Charger,and Bob Steele's Flintstone Charger.Saw these and the Yates Dodge a lot back in the day.AWB/Vintage Drag Club photo is by Big Bob Snyder. Dennis Doubleday
This car went through a few changes,wheels outside,wheels inside,etc. Dennis Doubleday
That's the one, pretty cool, especially from that low angle.
Thanks a lot for that.
Dennis Doubleday came to the rescue in providng the pictures.
Hey it was painted and lettered which makes it nicer than a lot of the cars that raced back then
Nice photo there.
Hey storm king...was thats "Genes" out of Worcester? I remember a few of his cars!!
I saw it at the Detroit Autorama a few years ago........still looked awesome.
Some real nice photos,kopperkart.
Every one of them.Thanks.
Where was the track?
Sure was exdragnewsphotog. We ran them in '68 at Conn. That was THE year for me racing, Jon Lundberg announcing, heads up super stick with Ford, Mopar and Chevy all running the formula that pro stock began with, cubic inch to weight (except unlike NHRA's policy, everybody had to play by the same rules).
The only chevy that even came close to winning was the week when Joe Tyson, I think it was, showed up with one of Grumpy's Toys.
...another local car I saw back in the day.Tom Parmenter in the Big Daddy's Speed Shop "Tom Terrific". Dennis Doubleday
Not sure if this qualifies as a drag car in motion. Don "The Snake" Prudhomme after a match race in 1966 at Island Dragway. They pushed the fuel cars into the spectator side so the fans could get a close up look. Had to be 18 back then to get in the pits.
Hobart Indiana was the location. Here is a link to what it looks like now:
Steve Woods is a friend that shot the pictures before a tour in Vietnam. Here is Steve as a young man.
Ok,US30-famous track.Thanks for that link.Good and sad reading.
Our local track has been closed for over 30 years.It's still vacant and for sale though it will never be a strip again.
Here is the Gene's Speed Shop car now. Found and restored by Gene's nephew.
That was a 2% car, I still have the pix I took of it somewhere so that if we wanted to protest it we could have. We beat it so bad we didn't bother to protest it.
It didn't have tinted headlights back then, and unless it's just the picture here, the colors are off a bit from "back in the day".
Here is a bit of "in Motion"staged for the TV cameras , the dragbike is sweet ! cheers RM
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The car was featured in the July 73 issue of Drag Racing USA
I saw it when it was displayed at Musclepalooza a few years ago, when it was looking a little "worse for wear", shall we say! How goes the resto? I'd appreciate seeing some updated pics, as the only one I have is from then. I've seen a lot of vintage Olds stocker pics, but I don't ever recall seeing yours.
I posted this along time ago, but I just found the old print and thought I'd try to get a better scan out of it. This was Lions in '66. Obviously, Dick Brannan won against Phil Bonner. It's kind of grainy because it's cropped a lot because I was so far up in the grandstands. No telephoto lenses for this kid back in those days.
Probably my favorite shot of all time!! Phil is still upset about this, he said he should have beat Brannan...LOL The Falcon got wheelie bars before the next race...
One of the all time BEST photos,but I think those are 2 of the BEST time cars.GREAT WORK.
Hello Storm King,always good to hear old race stories from the "Good Old days" Will have to ask Uncle Gene if he remembers giving you a " zing "about your car's appearance,he has always been a ball buster,lots of years practicing! If you ever find those pics. always like seeing new finds.Have pics. from 67 that has tinted headlites.We tried to replicate paint best we could but had to rely on old pics. and they all showed shading & colors different.Even now with current paint you get many different shades depending how the sun hits car,Later, SteveO
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