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Hot Rods H&J Service Station '34 3W Race Car From Temple, PA!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cactus1, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Hiya folks. I'm a geek for these old roundy round cars. This one popped up on Craigslist and tormented me for a couple of months until I finally couldn't stand it any longer!

    I did some quick research before I went to look at it and found a couple old pics on the webernets. After that it was all she wrote!

    I'm looking for any info anyone has. I contacted the EMMR as it is registered with them but I had as much information as they did.

    The original builder was Meme Desantis and then it was later raced by a Russ Delp. The car was obviously "restored" to an extent and I was told it came out of a museum in Arkansas that had a fire a few years ago?

    I've also contacted @SUHRsc on here and he seems to think he has seen in it some of his father's old movies at the local tracks.

    Pics in the next post...
  2. Pics from the Craigslist ad... IMG_9664.PNG
  3. IMG_0626.JPG

    Loaded up!
    I'll be back later. I have to go to a retirement party. Stay tuned!
  4. LongT
    Joined: May 11, 2005
    Posts: 957


    You might try to start a Conversation with Hank37 on here. Temple is not far from him. He has been in hot rods and racing in this area for a long time. Maybe he would know something.

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  5. Here are some more pics. It was last set up for a flathead but I have evidence that it must have ran a later modified class as well... image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
    Thanks Bill! I will hit him up!
  6. Once I found these pictures, I knew I had to have it!

    As near as I can tell, these were both taken when Russ Delp had the car.


  7. porkshop
    Joined: Jan 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,704

    from Clovis Ca

    Great find....
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  8. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,169


    Temple PA is near Reading PA. I would guess it raced at Reading Fairgrounds. That would have been the closest track.
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  9. I love it. Now you know it's required that you bring it back to Pa. for a" Homecoming visit" in May for the Jalopy Showdown @ Latimore Fairgrounds and the EMMR.:D;)
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  10. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,704


    I notice there is a Latimore plaque on her. You might look up Lynn Paxton at the museum, he may be able to fill in some blanks for you . That's a nice looking piece of history.
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  11. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    Great find. Enjoy the beast.

    Good luck finding about its history, its out there somewhere.
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  12. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,169


    Try these guys.
    •••Kowalski Customs, Reading, PA•••
    They were there when that car was built and are still building cars.
    The family know about every race car in the area.
  13. Al Consoli
    Joined: Mar 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,618

    Al Consoli

    I saw that car race and win many times at the Reading Fairgrounds. It was always owned by Meme DeSantis. You have the car that was driven by Russ Delp as a flathead in 1962 and as a modified in '63.
    The flathead motors were built by Mitch Zajac, one of the best in the day. I believe Mitch died of cancer in '62. The engine builder for the modified version in the photo was the Hall of Fame sprint car driver, Tommy Hinnershitz.
  14. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,449

    rd martin
    from indiana

    this car deserves to go back together! nice find.
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  15. Great history lesson. This place never fails to amaze me.
  16. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,690

    from KCMO

    How on gods green earth did you get a dirt track car before jimmy got there?!
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  17. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,276


    Man I love it when cars like this surface for all to enjoy. This one brings back memories of when the oldman would take me along as a pup. The 'coupes' where the first racecars I ever encountered, and started this whole 'car' obsession.:D
    Thanks for posting!
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  18. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,675

    Kan Kustom

    What ? Santa came to your house early ? No fair !! No fair !!!
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  19. dumprat
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 3,122

    from b.c.

    Man there are some sweet looking welds on that car....

    Nice score though. Be fun to make it run and drive again. Go for a rip or two around the yard.
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  20. Really cool find, love the history!!
  21. Thanks Al. Good stuff! Thanks to everyone else as well for the comments and leads on finding out some more history on this old coupe (what's left of it anyway!;))

    I know it's not a terribly historic/significant race car but it's probably as close as I'll ever get to owning something with actual race history so I'm pretty excited to say the least!

    I have a running late flathead and a "39" toploader in my parts pile so it shouldn't take too much to get it up and running again.
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  22. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,690

    from KCMO

    Be more of an issue where to park it than getting it running lol.
  23. This is a screenshot of what is under the modified pic I found on the 3wides website.

  24. IMG_0712.JPG

  25. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,093


    Man, what a great find. I can't believe how nice it is after all these years.
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  26. Go to 3-wides picture vault. Ask for Russ Delp, I believe he posted on there some. Guys on there will most likely have your answers.

    Sorry, guy I was thinking posted was Russ Dodge. Just ask about Russ Delp, they will help you.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2016
  27. Thanks Robb I will give it a shot!
    I sent a message to EJ Kowalski on IG and he also recognizes the car and is going to ask around for me as well.
  28. Hey @Hank37, Bill (@LongT ) thought you may be able to shed a little light here?
  29. Cactus my reply would be the same as Al Consoli , I remember seeing this car run at Reading Fairgrounds when I was a kid ! You got a piece of Reading Racing history , take good care of her !
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016

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