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History "GOW JOB" early Hot Rod terminogy

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The37Kid, Sep 30, 2018.

  1. The37Kid
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    Just picked up this Original 1928 movie poster, I'd never seen "Gow" used outside early Hot Rod conversations. We know Kong Jackson the ignition wizard got his nickname from the 1932 movie King Kong. I wonder if Gow Jobs had anything to do with eating up the competition?
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    Captain Edward A. Salisbury (1875-1962) was a noted millionaire explorer and writer, whose exploration stories of the islands of the South Seas Pacific appeared often in "The National Geographic," and other magazines in the early part of the 20th-century, spent 18 months exploring the New Hebrides islands where head-hunting and cannibalism was practiced by some of the natives...and highly discouraged and frowned-upon the white-governments of their lands. The footage shot by Captain Edward A. Salisbury was put together to make this film. Captain Salisbury explained that 'gow' was the native term for the practice of head-hunting, and was not the name of one of the head-hunters.
     
  2. topher5150
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    what is a GOW?
     
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  3. Stogy
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    Headhunting...Looking for a car to race...beat...that sounds like a plausible connection.

    It was studied and explained within the thread below but that period poster you have may have influenced it as well.

    It was also said the term Hotrod was not well taken.

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/gow-job.34415/
     
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  4. Stogy
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    Somehow the Hoodlums made the connection and that is history to this day...stripped down go fast...

    gow
    n.
    1915, "opium," from Cantonese yao-kao"opium," literally "drug-sap;" used as such by Raymond Chandler, etc.; by 1950s meaning had expanded to "pictures of nude or scantily clad women," hence gow job "flashygirl," which in teenager slang came to also mean "hot rod."


    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/gow
     
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  5. The37Kid
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  6. Stogy
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    It is interesting that there is no mention in the definition I posted of the Gow context in Bob's poster...It is easy to relate Racing to Headhunting however in the sense of 'looking for a race'.
     
  7. The37Kid
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    They may have been running 4Banger flatheads and Hunting of an Overhead.o_O Bob
     
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  8. AngleDrive
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    Read this......
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  9. catdad49
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    The start of 'heads-up' racing!
     
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  10. The37Kid
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    It needs a new home, check the Antiquated Classified section. Bob
     
  11. " 8 for GOW, 4 for PLOW", as the 32 and AV8'ers taunted the banger guys...………
    The banger guys were able to keep the new V8 boys at bay for a while on the lakes, but the technology and experience caught up to and passed them.
     
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  12. SR100
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    Not to mention the cubic inches...
     
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  13. Deuces
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    Yeah, and I still think it's something nasty that goes on in the bedroom.... :eek:;):rolleyes:
     

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