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    upload_2022-5-18_3-46-41.png Don Garlits with Art Malone driving…
    Hello,


    Another time, another place, same characters… Don Garlits and Art Malone. We were two hours away from our home dragstrip, Lion’s Dragstrip. The drive out to Riverside Raceway in December of 1959 was well worth the 4 a.m. wake up call and on the road at 6.
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    Back on the West Coast at Riverside Raceway in December 1959

    Three months later, in March, 1960, we were on the road at 5 am for another long drive up to Bakersfield, CA. It was for the 2nd annual Smokers March Meet. Most of the top competitors in drag racing were in attendance and it was like a giant party of racers and their sleek race cars.

    "Don returned to Bakersfield for the March Meet again in 1960, with Art driving. As was commonplace for Art and Don, they ran top speed of the meet. In doing so, they also set a new Standard 1320 record of 185.56 mph, beating their own Standard 1320 record held since August of 1959 of 183.66 mph set at Sanford, Maine."
    upload_2022-5-18_3-50-28.png Art Malone in Don Garlits’ FED at Bakersfield 1960.

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    Bakersfield Smokers March Meet 1960



     
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    . . . and Dick Price of the San Berdoo Roadsters on the right.
     
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  7. Love this photo. Norm is dumping fuel in the tank with a cigarette in his mouth!
     
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    upload_2022-5-22_3-36-12.png
    Glen Stokey Lion's Dragstrip


    Hello,

    What would a record setting B/Dragster motor do in an A/Altered Fiat Coupe? Those Reath Automotive sponsored racers swapped motors, just to see what would happen. The Bixby Knolls racers had a powerful A/A Fiat Coupe that we saw at the huge 1959 Riverside Raceway East vs West drag race event. It was fast, looked great and had ties to the local speed shop, Reath Automotive.
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    Bruce Rasner, Tom McEwen and Reath Automotive A/A FUEL ALTERED 1959

    1959 Riverside Raceway

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    Glen Stokey 1959 Lion’s Dragstrip

    Glen Stokely B/Gas Dragster Class

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    Together, the power of the 671 supercharged motor in the lightweight Fiat Coupe body made perfect sense to set records at Lion’s Dragstrip.

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    This car has been reproduced by the son of the original builder.
    He's been hitting most of the SoCal drag races with it. It even runs. It's flat head Ford powered, sitting sideways, in case anyone's interested.
    Hope to see it and him at the Antique Drags today in Irwindale.

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    I know what you are saying RacerRoy, but still beat the alternative of visiting Vietnam for us kids
     
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  19. Texas guys sure liked those 12" midget wheels on the front of their dragsters.
     
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    I didn't get that lucky, '67 - '68. Not many nitro fumes there.
     
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    And they liked long pipes as well !
     
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    Nicer option, but not mine either 67-71. J79's ruined my hearing more than TF's
     
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    I received a few hand outs, business cards, and this autographed photo. Thanks T.V. Tommy Ivo!
     

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    This photo looks from the background like it was taken in Sefner, Florida to me.
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