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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by tywester1955, Feb 27, 2021.

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    @40ragtopdown I'm not sure why, but I really like that pictures.
     
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  11. Prettiest Top Fueler ever! ^
     
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    upload_2023-4-3_4-32-59.png





    June 17, 1962 at the Pomona Raceway. This car is painted in a Tomato Soup Red-Orange color and after the custom designed hood scoop by famous Indy-car body builder Wayne Ewing was installed, this car was painted Yellow. This Kent Fuller chassis car was one of the most famous early Westcoast dragsters.


    Hello,

    We were always impressed with the young kid from the San Fernando Valley that was a part of Tommy Ivo’s support crew.
    upload_2023-4-3_4-40-2.png Lion's Dragstrip 1959

    The history is written in the books and we can all follow through to the point of separation and progress of their careers.
    upload_2023-4-3_4-40-47.png 1960
    The first "pro touring" road trip across the USA

    Early crew activities:
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    Don Prudhomme’s 1959-60 Stromberg powered Buick Buick FED


    He is/was a true legend. The famous Greer, Black, Prudhomme race car was the most successful FED built in a long time. It was an outstanding look from all angles.

    Greer, Black, Prudhomme FED … a field mouse starting line view
    upload_2023-4-3_4-45-14.png 1962 first edition
    upload_2023-4-3_4-46-6.png 2nd edition
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    It was senior year of high school and the future was calling. Where were you in 1962? The amazing thing was that the Lions Dragstrip “field mouse” got a view of the winning FED during this season. The sleek, red/orange FED was driven by drag racing legend, Don Prudhomme, who won 237 of the 241 races, in which he piloted the car…

    The races at Lions on a Saturday night was always a treat when the red/yellow FED rolled to the staging area. Whether it was with groups of teenagers or on a date night, the excitement was evident at the starting line.

    Despite the original color being red/orange, the most popular color of the finished record holder, was the bright yellow paint by Don Prudhomme. The immaculate FED was called the “Greer, Black, and Prudhomme” race car in the early 1962 season.

    “It was one of the most beautiful dragsters ever built was also one of the most successful. In an era when function took precedence over form, the legendary Greer, Black & Prudhomme dragster combined the best of both worlds, that is, it looked great and ran even better. With a combination of the money from Tommy Greer, the engine and clutch science of Keith Black and the raw driving skills of a young car painter by the name of Don Prudhomme, the GB&P car literally struck fear in the hearts of its competitors.” WDIFL

    My brother and I have always liked this yellow version and it has stuck all of these years. The whole car had gone through some difficult times and was reconstructed in 1968 to this yellow beauty as we all remember from those early days.

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    The drawing is what a field mouse would see at the starting line at Lions Dragstrip back then. It was extremely low/mean, had the attitude of power, and with that, scored a string of unbelievable victories in the races.




     
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    Excellent pics - thanks for the memories! We thought we going so fast at 100 mph, LOL. Still nothing in the last 50 years looks or feels as good as those old cars....
     
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    Interesting push car.....
    Sorry if this is a repost ,I got lazy and didn't do a complete check. 16805855859714524375213141200232.jpg 16805855982822536516983397747058.jpg
     
  26. If that push vehicle ever turns up in somebody's barn, the stories that start flying around should be really interesting!
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Very interesting photos, Thank you to all for posting.
     
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    I haven't been able to find any info on it...it looks like it says
    George's Corvette Shop
    Parts Truck
    Also looking close at the windshield frame , base area ,it's got something odd going on also the wiper arm not matching the window ....the roof looks like one from a 57/59 hillman wagon/panel ...maybe just corvette body panels hanging some other cut down chassis but then look at the steering wheel location. It's cool what ever it is
     
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    The corvette panel push car belonged to George Reese of Maryland .
    He owned George's Corvette Shop...
    Haven't found anymore info on the car itself.
    Apparently he's still in business, it's still got ads online.
     

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