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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Dec 6, 2021.

  1. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,786


    Obviously there’s no point debating this football thing, we can all make the numbers work to our advantage and I can’t change your mind anymore than you can change mine (and fwiw football does seem on topic to me).
    I’m fine leaving it at this:
    There’s nothing like college football and the passion it brings. It is a sure enough religion in the Deep South and that’s a beautiful thing. Kind of like high school football in Texas (at least back in the day, hopefully it’s still as passionate).
    Your passion for OU football is also a beautiful thing.
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  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member



    Interesting thing about the state of Oklahoma is that really isn't a particularly deep history or legacy of hot rodding there. I mean, the NHRA Nats were there a bit, but...

    Even so, their newspapers did a fantastic job of covering the culture. Maybe the best I've found? At least between 1950 and 1960 or so... So many great full page spreads to read and discover:

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  3. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 13,501

    from KCMO

    Sounds like they had hot rodders on staff ;)
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  4. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member

    Even compared to the great state of California, Oklahoma held their own with their coverage. Check out this Olds powered high school ride from Miami, OK:


    But even just their ads were well done...


    My dad grew up in Ada, OK... They were dirt poor. His dad ran Cochran Garage, but died when my old man was just 12 or so. So my grandmother had to make the beans and run the house. She was crazy smart, but had a stutter and folks saw that as a sign of stupidity somehow... That really hurt her job prospects.

    Anyway, he got a copy of Hot Rod Magazine for Christmas one year. It's the only one he had until he got out of medical school, because he couldn't afford another and still eat. Because of that single copy, he always dreamed of living in California simply because that's where all the hot rods were.

    Unlike Lincoln Riley, however, my dad was loyal... and Oklahoma never left his heart. :)
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  5. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member

    One last example and then I'll stop... I gotta save some of this content!

    This was posted in a tiny Durant, OK newspaper in 1952!!!!


    Now, hot rodding was certainly popular nationally by 1952... but not so popular that a newspaper in fucking Durant, OK should be covering Bonneville on their FRONT page... and then tying it to psychology? Like going deep with it?

    Not even LA area papers were covering it with such pizzazz.
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  6. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 5,017

    from Kansas

    Very cool!! While your down that 'rabbit hole'..........see if you can dig up some MOKAN Dragway or Kansas City Timing Association pix.


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  7. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 20,271

    Staff Member

    There's very little coverage actually... which is weird.
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  8. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,786


    Pierson’s badass hot rod, pretty cool
  9. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 3,787


    Me, too! Best of luck to Coach V.
  10. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,104


    @Ryan im assuming you know the Trone coupe still exist and still in the same form other than the yellow paint job!
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  11. rumblytruck
    Joined: Mar 15, 2005
    Posts: 102


    You OU guys got a good one this time. We'll miss him around here.
  12. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,065


    "<insert Matrix like computer shit here>"

    Hahaha. That's some funny shit right there. Lol
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  13. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 774


    Amen. I've always been hooked on cars. Any kind of sports, not so much.
  14. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,427

    51 mercules

    Not a Hot Rod, but Phil Sauers Huntington Beach High School Kustom. I'm the current care taker. [​IMG]
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    See? This may as well be ancient Samarian or sandskrit to me. Or like...


    But hey, y'all like it so more power (or wah wah wonk wonk) to ya. :cool: ;)
  16. My High School Hot Rod. Parked it in the teachers parking lot. Black Knights Stamford High School.
    3o roadster.jpg 30 roadster_0001 (2).jpg 30 roadster.jpg
  17. ^^^^^^^ That's cool mark, I had a 63 1/2 Falcon Sprint. :) HRP

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    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
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    A'ight I'll play too. My HS grad ride was this 38 Dodge 1 ton with a 9' box. Came from a PA oil rig so it was as clean as a southwestern truck. Powered by a 65 429 Caddy eng, trans, rear axle, dear ol Dad even weld-mated the Cad spindles to the OG Dodge stuff and we had Cad power brakes. All in all a kool truck. In HS history class I worked out doing power steering so it would all fit under the closed hood instead of listening to the teacher. I've posted it before but what the hell, I graduated in it.
    38_Dodge1 001.jpg
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  19. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,557


    "I don't care who you are, that's funny right there." ~ Tow Mater
  20. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,845



    Such fascination with college football was/is catching. Soon after our high school graduation in 1962, we were still fascinated with the world of football, especially college. Several of us had hopes to play in college. Some of us had college offers, but were in out of state locations and the lure of the west coast was too strong to be away for 4 years. I declined three offers from the East, Ivy league and Arizona. They were good, but too far away from the Westcoast. A new Ocean activity/sport started to take over our whole era of fun.
    One of the memorable football games happened right after high school graduation. It was held in the Coliseum in Los Angeles and we had tickets to see the game, despite being on TV. It was hot and not too crowded. One of our own high school football stars two years ahead, was now the running back star for USC’s national champion team in 1962. But, for some reason, OU came in and won the game in the hot afternoon.

    Bud Wilkinson 1947-1963

    USC: Pete Bethard with Willie Brown from L.B. Poly H.S.

    As a little kid, with sports aspirations, we scoured our dad’s newspapers for any article on football. As we all were sandlot football players and my friends all wanted to be the quarterback, I wanted to run with the ball. My early college football star was Tommy McDonald from the University of Oklahoma. There were college football stars on the Westcoast, (Jon Arnett, etc.) but this OU guy was turning heads and making a name for himself. He was an all around athlete/multi sport star and that was what I wanted to be as a teenager.

    Hot rods were still there in the scene, but sports keeps one active and healthy.
    upload_2021-12-7_12-12-33.png 1962


    So, with an envious thought about a star athlete at OU, who would have known that in 10 years, I would meet someone from Oklahoma and had an extensive history in OKC and Norman. What a small world.

    My wife’s grandmother lived in OKC and Norman back in those early days. As a little kid, my wife went to a local elementary school in OKC and grew up with a slight tang to her speaking language. It is gone, now, but every time we hear Blake Shelton, we think funny thoughts about how her So Cal language now, could have been a twang from the OKC.
    upload_2021-12-7_12-13-52.png Norman, OK 1930’s

    The grandmother moved to a small 1000 sq. ft. house several blocks away from the University on E. Brooks Street, until she moved to a senior living facility. During the time she was active, she was employed at the university and always had great things to say about Bud Wilkinson and the OU football team.
    She even liked Barry Switzer and was friends with their family, back then.

    It never ceases to amaze me that we live in such a small world, all interrelated in some form of the “6 Degrees of Separation” Theory. High school hot rods to sports activities, all in the name of staying healthy and wise.

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  21. You had to start somewhere!:rolleyes: I know that girl.:cool:
  22. Cubby47
    Joined: Aug 9, 2021
    Posts: 15


    Ryan I feel your vibe spent some time in Clinton as a youth family in Elk City Pahuska and Sayre. The family had a greenhouse nursery business in Clinton grand daddy was in on the land rush and got the contract to landscape that city. Good folks back that way on and off the field or Derrick Once a Sooner now a prune picker with a sweet 40 Ford pickemuptruck
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  23. Bob Lowry
    Joined: Jan 19, 2020
    Posts: 912

    Bob Lowry

    Started with the yellow '37 sedan as a sophomore in high school, and moved up to the orange '40 Chevy
    by my senior year. The silver '37 coupe was my good friend and pal's. 265" in the '37 sedan and a 292" Chevy
    in the '40. Still at it....

    pumpkin 1.jpg
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  24. 41woodie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 1,098


    Good stuff Ryan, I saw my first OU game in person when I was eight(1954). All three of our kids played in the Pride and graduated from OU during the John Bleak, Howard Smellsofbourbon years.
    This last week has been tough with the whole family burning up the text lines with every hint and rumor.
    I think we’ve hired a home run and the nice folks at Clemson have been very gracious about it. If you haven’t seen USCs welcome event for Lincoln check it out, it looks like an early SNL skit
  25. hemihotrod66
    Joined: May 5, 2019
    Posts: 595


    37 Chevy coupe I drove in my junior and senior years of High School in 1965,,and66 high school car 37 Chevy.jpg ...Wish I had this one back...
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  26. Oklahoma football is indeed legendary but I just have to insert this:

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