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Motion Pictures Draggin' & Surfin'

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,248

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Draggin' & Surfin'


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  2. I remember this, I liked it then and now, I will also have that tune stuck in my head just like last time. HRP
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  3. Jamaica me happy.:)
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  4. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,133


    really enjoyed this awesome historic video, took me back to my hometown drag strip days in the mid and late 50's. way cool cars, the 32 Vicky with the big olds in it is sweet.
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  5. Ya Mon, that be pretty music and cars...
    Specly the 'Weirdo' sweatshirt on de timer, Mon.
    Ya not we get a Nation to build us a Draggin Strip for de cars, stead of some Casino??
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  6. Jay71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2007
    Posts: 856


    Thank you for this Ryan. Feeling a bit emotional this morning and I needed that. As I type, I can walk outside my bay at the boat shop I work at, look across the street and see Santa Cruz Island plane as day off in the distance. The island that the dive boat sank off of a couple days ago. Surfing and old cars have been a major part of my life as long as I can remember. Both giving me so much joy. I can’t help but to feel connected to those divers that were on that boat. Connected by our mutual love for the ocean. Sorry to get off track here, I was just really feeling your post today. I think that’s bitchen that your into surfing even while being land locked. You ever make it out to Ventura I’ve got a board and wetsuit for ya and we’ll go get some waves.
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  7. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,371


    Anyone else think the driver ^^^ of the digger looks like Dick Dale? Maybe it is? I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  8. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,272

    Jalopy Joker

    Mahalo - Draggin' and Surfin' takes me back to my younger years in So Cal and Hawaii
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  9. Would like to think it is, cuz I was gearing up for some Waves of '64 and his surf guitar
    licks as I opened this........and he was a car guy, too, as I recall.
    But noooooo.....this is a bit earlier; '60-61 perhaps, if the black '60 Impala convert. is any
    indication; likely w/ the new 335/348 4 spd. package...........and hubcaps delete! (Why,
    oh, why was that really necessary, AHRA, or was it NHRA??)

    Anyhoo, being a flatlander from Texas, Ryan is forgiven for the music; and thx. for the
    memories; mine being from the McMinnville OR. airport strip @ '63 and an impromptu
    pink slip race between a Vette and '32 roadster on ole Hwy.99 out of Newberg on the way
    back to Bvtn. late that night. Believe I was riding in the Vette; my brother may have been
    driving...... (Oops; cherry-bopper in the rear-view..........."Why yes, ossifer, I drinks a bit...and digresses a whole bunch more........")
    But back to surfing', did I tell you about the time I met Briggs Cunningham's kid at Rosarita
    Beach down in Baja in '65......?
  10. cball
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 508


    great vid, thanks for posting Ryan!
  11. 54BOMB
    Joined: Oct 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,101


    I am retardly into early 60’s surf and drag stuff. If I had a time machine I’d be gone .
  12. johndee138
    Joined: Jul 12, 2009
    Posts: 42

    from Atlanta GA

    Love the sound track, who is it?
  13. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,150

    Marty Strode

    I attended races at McMinnville like 36 Rocke, from 61 to it's closing in 66, and the great footage takes me back to those exciting times. When I saw the Potvin drive blown Hemi Dragster, I thought of Jack Williams "Syndicate" from BC, the other side of Canada. Also, the 10 tail lights on the 60 Chevy, was a simple custom touch, you would see from time to time. Thanks for the entertainment !
  14. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,300


    Cool video, thanks for the entertainment.
  15. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,890


    Having lived in So Cal all of my life, it makes me fortunate to see an old drag racing movie and be able to say that I was involved, locally, as a pre-teen. Then on the other side, since the ocean was only a few miles South of us, we got involved in surfing from the early days. My brother had started first, then gave it up for hot rodding and drag racing.

    During his drag racing burn recovery in the later months, he was able to pick up surfing again. His love for both were the sparks to get me involved and at first, just tag along for the ride. Then as both activities began to grow and interest me more and more, it became a passion.


    Old movies never get old, except for our old eyes squinting at the fuzziness. But, that aside, history was recorded as best as could be then. That will be the final qualifier. It was recorded, activities were had, fun was produced and we are all better for it. As the later years rolled into play, better equipment in everything took over and more people recorded a little bit of history.

    Look at the B/W photos from the early years. They were grainy, a little blurry, and somewhat dull. But, as the years rolled on, thanks for recording those historic photos, now the newer technology makes the photos a little better from each year that passes.


    As far as surfing, my dad did sneak onto the Huntington Beach Pier many times to film the brothers surfing, much to the dismay of our friends in the water… “Hey Nak, your dad is up on the pier, again…” But, 57 years later, the last laugh was on them…even with a point and shoot 16 mm color movie camera.


    upload_2019-9-19_3-32-21.png 1961
    In my case, we missed out on some terrific movie camera possibilities during our recovery time out of drag racing. One day, my dad came home with this very cool movie camera that he had just purchased from a friend. It was too much camera for his friend, so my dad thought it would be perfect for his hobby, and for us, too. It was a larger Beaulieu 16R movie camera with all of the “goodies.” (12-120 mm telephoto lens, longer movie reels built in, a well balanced camera with a comfortable grip/battery and the ability to sync the sound with an external recorder)
    This new camera was the epitome of the next level of home movies and movie making. It even had the ability to clip on those large Mickey Mouse film reels on top of the camera for longer recording times on the lengthy films. Now were were talking big time movie making.
    upload_2019-9-19_3-33-39.png Where were you from 1958-60?
    What happened next: We tried taking movies with this new camera, but the thrill was gone. Sure, I could have used that longer telephoto lens, the longer shooting times without constant film reel changing,and the sync motion with a sound recorder, etc. But, the recovery for my brother was going a different way. We had sold the left over parts from our 40 Willys build. Now, there was no other build in the future as we were preparing a new adventure of surfing, motorcycles, and oh yeah, a little 4 year thing called college.

    So, my dad sold the new Beaulieu Movie Camera to another friend of his, in Los Angeles. He went back to his old, trusty, fixed lens 16mm movie camera for HIS impromptu, family movie taking adventures, sad as it sounds, that, too, faded into oblivion.


    “The R16 was first introduced in 1958, and is a well built, rugged movie camera. The camera supports speeds from a single frame to 64 frames per second, and is suited for single or double perforated 16mm film. It is capable of using a 100 ft. film magazine internally, or a 200 ft. “mouse ears” magazine externally. The R16 can also be used to shoot sync sound, but it has a reputation for being a bit noisy. The Beaulieu R16 features 12-120mm Angenieux Lens. A great vintage movie camera for amateur, hobbyist and student use!”

    Last edited: Sep 21, 2019

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