The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Royalshifter, Dec 12, 2007.
Byron, is that you?
Yea, Vern Scholtz restored it, very slick.
But of course!
Had a blown fuel burning small-block in an outdated FE dragster chassis with a Corvette body dropped over it.Kind of like the old Austin & Grassi Cuda from my neck of the woods.
Maybe someday I will be smart enough to figure out how to get VHS tapes downloaded onto my computer. Guess i should take all that stuff in to someone and get it burned to disc.
Damn Zooma you nailed it there, I was either along the fence with ya or down in the pits working on the club car. I used to be able to hear the cars down at San Gabe when I was in bed up in San Dimas. Lotsa old memories there
I visited San Gabe once and Pomona during the PVTA era once. But Irwindale? Countless times. And when I couldnt, you could hear the cars run thanks to the sound waves reverberating off the rock quarries.
If you make a close inspection of the chassis (Its not easy I know because of the shell) you can see where it was the same one used on Pippins next venture with Don Green.
Very well said!!...the "jacks" car you referred to was the Jahns Brothers rear-engined sidewinder, blown Dodge powered, three-wheeled ...about as innovative as it got! The car, frame painted bright orange, had no body, and the driver, Jeff Jahns, sat pretty much out in the wind...the car ran high 180s for a while, always leaving behind the competition when Jeff let down the hydraulic jacks, engine running, rear wheels spinning, thing took off like nothing else...but after a few weeks even Jim Tice at San Gabriel decided that the car was not safe enough...they did have safety concerns, would not let me run anything more stout than an unblown Ardun because of the thin roll cages in the Chassis Research TE-440...
I'll be darned...I have a home movie of that car leaving the line somewhere along with a bunch of other stuff. Like I said...somewhere...
That would be very cool, hope you find it!! (actually the car I referred to was Cook Bros and Jahns...Jeff drove but apparently the Cook Bros owned it...would love to know what happened to it.)
I used to go into the Champion Speed shop garage and see the Georges Corvette FC being built.
Glad to have a pic of it, I thought it was great back then, now I remember why!
I recall in National Dragster and Drag News, George Reece would offer three of his Vette funnies ready for booking. A virtual complete show by one car owner.
It was cool because it really was just a FE dragster with a glass Corvette body. But it looked much much cooler than any of the hybrid dragster/funnys. I think it was because the body was narrowed and the wire wheels hung out.
It just looked "tough".
Mazooma, in 63 I graduated and had 2 years racing under the belt, our first local drag strip (leagle) was a packed down front of a 1/2 mile dirt track (best dam clay around) a little over a 1/8 mile and a shutdown into turn 1&2 ha ha crazy! Sort of grabed you, you no where!!! Then moved to P.I.D. (Pittsburgh International Dragstrip) many times the roar of motors at that 1/4,1/2 mile dirt track invaded my ears from standing on the grand stands with my mother (age 5) till it closed. Drove stock cars on the dirt and blacktop after they paved the track, which we all though that was the biggest misstake ever, it closed soon after. Started dragracing @ 15 years old, didn't ask for drivers license back then since I had been driving stock car for a year. Then came P.I.D. 1/4 mile paved drag racing. Had a lot of big names and a lot of fun, from racing many different cars to crewing for a C/A and a A/FD. Helped a couple visiting exabition cars that needed help, got free tickets to Indy Nationals one year, many fond memories. Take care guys, BUZZ
I posted these photos some years ago from my friend John Moore taken at Union Grove, Wisconsin 1964. More photos and story in this thread.
More John Moore photos taken at Belgrade, Mt. 1958 or 59. No action pics... but the pit shots are great. Here is the thread with more photos.
I just bought the TV Tommy Ivo book last night it has a bunch of awesome pics in it.
Yuppers. From the awful altereds website
Detroit 1959 B/C
Detroit 1959 A/Roadster smoking them
Very cool photos!! Wonder if John Moore is the same guy who took lots of photos in central california in mid-50s, many posted on the WDIFL site under the "From the Beginning" page...The yellow 5-window seems like the same one that competed at the '56 (?) NHRA Nationals with Ardun power, from Hawaii, as you noted in the other post...THANKS FOR POSTING!
Man these photos kick ass. Thank you.
I can do that. VHS 2 DVD
Makin' Tracks Recording
PO Box 2777
Dillon, CO 80435
I'm gettin all misty. Those were the days my friend, no responsibilities only what fun we were looking for next.
Anyone going to Beaver Springs for the GASSER REUNION this weekend?
I'll be there around 12 Thursday afternoon.
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not exactly a hamb ride, but a killer pic
dieyuppiescum please read this. Thanks.
I don't think it is the same John Moore. John is a bit young for that time frame. He from Billings MT. and lived in Pocetello, ID. He was the starter at the Pocetello drag strip for many years. He is now retired and living back at Billings. He did tell me he towed his car to California to race, but I think that was in the early-mid 60's.
That yellow '32 hits all my buttons.
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