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History Hot Rod History and Photos Dallas Texas 1949 on -Caddo Mills Drag Races

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  1. KKrod
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    I am going to post some rare images of Dallas hot rodding that are from the photo album of Jim Overbey. Jim helped found a hot rod club in Dallas (old East Dallas) in 1949, the Chaparrals Roadster Club. Jim was the founding club president. Fort Worth is 30 miles to the west of Dallas. The "Turtles" car club formed in Fort Worth in 1948.

    Dallas was a city of about 300,000 at this time. Jim Overbey passed away in the 1990's.

    Please feel free to add your comments. That is what will make this a good thread!!

    As a time reference, the Caddo Mills drags began in Sept, 1951.

    Karl Knecht
     
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    This is going to be good.
     
  3. KKrod
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    Hwy 67? circa 1950. The hot rodders held time trials on a new stretch of highway east of Dallas. They timed their cars for top speed over a flying 1/4 mile. They also played hare and hound. The hound (hot rod) was sitting still on the side of the highway. The hare (car) would come by at 90 mph and start the stop watch as they pass the hot rod.. The hound was timed with the time it took him to accelerate and catch up with the car. It looks like it was pretty cold that day. Yes it does feel very cold in North Texas sometimes!

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    32Cabriolet1.jpg 32Cabriolet2.jpg Hot rods. All that was required to legally drive a hot rod was to have license plates, a taillight, and headlights.
     
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    Bob Berkshire special (built in Calif) and Jimmy Carson '39 sedan (still exists) BerkshireHwy67.jpg Carson39.jpg
     
  6. I'm going to enjoy this thread. Thanks in advance for posting.
     
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    Thanks Jimmy.
     
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    Jack Joerns' special. Jack was an RAF pilot in WWII. He was from Fort Worth and was president of the Turtles. He told me what all cars this was built from but I can't recall now. It was built on a Buick chassis and had a full race flathead. This car still exists in very nice condition. I would call this a "sports rod" more than a custom. JoernsSideView.jpg Joerns2.jpg JoernsInterior.jpg JoernsParking.jpg
     
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    These photos are of Jim Overbey and his roadster. Jim was the president of the Chaparrals from 1949-1953. Overbey17jpg.jpg Overbey10.jpg
     
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  12. Wow! Jack Joerns' special is the best proportioned custom sports car (special) I have seen.
     
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  14. wow....great stuff - Hwy 67 runs through Cedar Hill which would become another site of an early drag strip of the 50's....Cedar Hill Drag Strip.....others will chime in - thanks again Jim and KK for sharing...
     
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  15. Awesome, and thanks for sharing Texas hot rod history ! Chaparrals are still alive and well, I see them around town from time to time.
     
  16. Thanks Karl,,keep um coming...
     
  17. Split bones, dropped axles, filled dashes, chopped stanchions, and channeled bodies...hot rodding was certainly pretty far along in DFW in 1950!

    Really dig the "Dallas" topper in this pic;
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    Jimmy - I had no idea this car still existed. I went to the hot rod "Power Tour" when it stopped in Arlington in 2013? It was only a few miles from my house and I thought maybe there would be some rods there. I walked up on this car and couldn't believe my eyes. It looks really great in person. The owner is from near Houston. It has a early cadiallac engine in it now.
     
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    Thank you for posting,,,please keep them coming ,,,when your ready of course,,,
     
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    1951. These photos are from a "reliability style run. There were some very nice deuce roadsters in Dallas. Most of them were High boy style. The no. 5 car was brought from California. It was owned by Charlie Adams who owned Custom Automotive speed shop in Dallas. Amazingly it still exists. Perhaps wbrw32 will chime and tell more about Charlie Adams and the speed shop as he worked there. It continued in operation into the 60's. AdamsRoadster5.jpg
     
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    1951 - Unknown roadster.

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    more to come later...
     
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    Wonderful thread. Many thanx for sharing. Gary
     
  24. Anderson
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    Another great thread from Karl Knecht!!
     
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    Great thread, keep em coming.
     
  26. dad-bud
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    Awesome pics, thanks for sharing
     
  27. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    What a fantastic snapshot of the past. Love the Joern's Special. Looking at the background in these pictures of wide open country makes me wonder if this is all subdivisions now?
     
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    These are the types of cars that really turn my crank. I was five years old in 1951 and have been tuned into hot rods since shortly after that. I've lived through all the "seasons" of hot rodding and street rodding, but it is still these crude "gow jobs" that do it for me. Lets see some more!
     
  29. draider
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    Great thread, hope to see more Texas hot rod history.
     
  30. KKrod
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    I believe this roadster was from Denton and possibly owned by Marvin or Lewis Calvert. Denton is 30 miles to the NW of Dallas. Denton was also a hot rod center. Calvert Automotive. DeuceRoadster.jpg
     
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