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History Eric Rickman photos for Hot Rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by loudbang, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 24,711


    ALL photos and captions come from here:
    He was HOT ROD’s chief photographer in the ’50s and ’60s. And here I will put most of his 100 or so photos over time.

    Some are the extra large ones if you click on them. Enjoy :)

    Eric at work

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    HRM Welcomed A New Quick Change Conversion “to Fill The Need For Units Applicable To Rearends Other Than Ford.” Harley Klentz (that’s Him) Introduced A Centersection That Replaced Chevrolet’s Third Member Assembly and offered many gear ratios.

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    Holman Moody, Edelbrock, And Bill Stroppe Helped HRM Nearly Double This Falcon Six’s Horsepower From 66! To 113

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    Joe Itow (right) Was A Leading Chassis Builder At The Turn Of The Decade, So It’s Not Surprising That So Many Of The Photos In This Series Were Shot Here At Itow Automotive. Jerry Rollema (left), Joe’s Employee And Half Of The Rollema & Hill Dragster Team, Must bewondering about the engine angle.

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    Leonard Albert’s ’31 Model A Cabriolet Ran A Classic ’34 Model C Four Banger.

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    That is the start of many more great photos to come.
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  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,799

    Jalopy Joker

    Very Cool - Thanks - he had a good eye for what shots to take, correct cameras and in the right place at the right time
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  3. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,823

    Atwater Mike

    Any shots of his 'Roving Photog Roadster Pickup'? Eric was one apart, genius in his own right.
    Some 'aliases' were interesting...
    E. Rick Mann, some more I can't recall. But there were a few.
    Great thread, @loudbang. Thanks.
  4. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 3,342

    from Oregon

    :cool: Thanks for your time.
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  5. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 24,711


    Not sure yet only just got started on 100+ photos
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  6. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 5,853

    from Idaho

    Any shots of his Corvette during the engine swap would be welcomed !
  7. ididntdoit1960
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 897

    from Western MA

  8. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 5,736

    Bandit Billy

    ^^^^The one photo I clicked on and it didn't get larger...hmmm
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  9. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,785


    Years ago Kit Car Magazine sent a Cobra replica to my shop for a headers and exhaust article and I was delighted to see that they sent Eric Rickman to shoot photos and take notes. I spent several days with him. He was surprised that I knew who he was but I explained that as a kid I thought he had the best job in the world!
    He had dozens of stories but the funniest was his adventures at the Drs office discussing E D options. He will always be one of my top hot rod heroes.

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  10. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,750


    E. Rick Mann. A strange name, but what a Lens!
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  11. Otie's Automotive
    Joined: Sep 23, 2015
    Posts: 156

    Otie's Automotive

    Otie in his 32 at the Akron Airport Drags put on by the Akron Cam Jammers. First stop on the east coast for the 54 Safety Safari.
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  12. rust&patina
    Joined: Jan 21, 2007
    Posts: 439


    . . . Great Thread . . . thanks for the pics and your time . . :cool:
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  13. Eric shot the photos of my RPU for Hot Rod. This one is my favorite, but it didn't make it in the magazine.

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  14. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 24,711


    Stand by some more may be in this batch. They are a pile of shots just found in a bunch of like discards or unknown car owners found after he died. Just getting started on them. :)
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  15. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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    Yea it's a strange batch, some are only small versions I have enlarged and some are the huge ones normally found in Hot Rod.
  16. Damn...Otie's roadster is so perfect. What's with the Ohio plate?
    Cool thread.
  17. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,338

    from Colorado

    Eric had a template of a HOT ROD cover that he could put on the view finder of a camera so that he could get the right shot without compromising the logo. I think that he was one of Pete's early hires after Tom Medley.
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  18. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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    A little EDIT: All of these photos were taken in 1960 :) I will try and find if they have more of his from other years.

    Back to the show. ;)

    Tony Nancy’s Brand Spanking New Altered Sits In Front Of His Sherman Oaks Complex, Whose Tenants Included Chassis Builder Kent Fuller And Tin Bender Wayne Ewing. Later, Ed Pink Racing Engines Moved Over The Hill From L.A.

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    Pan under Tony Nancy's car. And he was always keeping his car immaculate including the underside.

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    Tony Nancy's POLISHED fuel tank location.

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    The front with seahorse logo

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  19. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 24,711


    Bonus photo will also be going in the Sidewinders thread :)

    Builder Kent Fuller Demonstrates The Advantageous Weight Distribution Of The High Tech Magwinder For Owner Chuck Jones. The Entire Chassis And Most Of The Body Were Built From Magnesium By Fuller And Wayne Ewing. Construction Photos Appeared In An NHRA Nationals Preview Of Race Cars Purportedly Heading To Detroit, Although This Was Not Among The Entrants.

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  20. I got to meet Eric at a Gene Weinfield car show,, he stopped by our booth, when I was out shooting, Chick told me of a nice old man that stopped by and liked our calendar,,, said his name was Rickman or something,,, ERIC RICKMAN STOPPED BY AND LIKE THE CALENDAR??? And I missed him,,,
    He stopped by later and I got to meet my hero,,, we became friends and would stop by at Bonneville with his son Michael,,, I miss him greatly,,,,,
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  21. HarryT
    Joined: Nov 7, 2006
    Posts: 521


    Loudbang, thanks for taking the time to post these great photos.
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  22. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,003


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  23. The Petersen has a great site with over 1,000,000 pictures and growing. They all have a water mark but I can't tell you how many hours I've spent there. Great thing is you can do a search and narrow it down a little. You'll see a picture you remember from a mag article and then there will be 15 others of the same car, boat, bike, go kart.... that didn't make the cut.
    They're all dated too
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  24. Rickman's vette in the background.
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  25. Otie's Automotive
    Joined: Sep 23, 2015
    Posts: 156

    Otie's Automotive

    Built in his one car garage in Akron, OH.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  26. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 4,194

    Marty Strode

    I met Rick at the '98 CHHR, had him sign my Roaring Roadsters book, on the page with a 15 photo action sequence, he shot at Oakland in July of '48. Had a great visit with him. 2014-11-03 201132.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2019
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  27. That's one hell of a tip re archive, Loudbang & Flyin' T. Thank you.
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  28. ididntdoit1960
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 897

    from Western MA

    He Definitely had a great eye Rickman.jpg
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  29. Larry Watson's wife.
    Watson standing to the right with full beard.
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  30. patsurf
    Joined: Jan 18, 2018
    Posts: 258


    never fails to amaze me what you guys know!!!
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