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History Hot Rod lessons learned

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Atwater Mike, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,610

    Atwater Mike

    Santa Clara, 1953. I was 11, on my '49 Hawthorn 26" balloon tire bike...Spotted what looked like a hot rod, parked up the block. I got closer, saw it was Harry Angelo's, a Model A roadster, no fenders, hot rod V8 engine...then I heard this loud noise, like a motorcycle...
    Harry and his pal, Johnny were holding a big model plane, with a 'gas motor', it was roaring loudly.
    Harry ran toward me, then stopped and picked something up...He waved at Johnny, and that airplane took off, but Harry was holding onto some wires, and the plane flew around him, in a circle...
    Johnny yelled for me to 'stay back', no worry...I wasn't gonna walk into THAT thing!
    Harry was stretched out to his arm's length, his leather jacket bunched up toward his shoulders, his teeth were gritting, and he was flying that thing for all it was worth!
    Big airplane, Johnny said it was an 'All American Sportster', (looked like a big Gee Bee)
    When Harry finally landed it, I asked some questions...Really a neat thing, first time I saw one this big! Harry said 52" wingspan!
    I then asked, "Why play with model planes when you've got that swell hot rod?"
    Harry smiled..."I had to have some way to haul the airplane..." Hmmph. I'd file that away...

    Around 1957, my channeled '31 Cabriolet over Deuce rails was running, at last. My friend Ramsay around the corner had a black channeled '30 Coupe we had built over the summer, and another bud, Dave, had a '31 roadster.
    We all had control line planes, flew sometimes at Wilson school, (everybody flew at Wilson on was the thing then.
    We got together at Grandma's, and put planes in our trunks. Caravanned down to the school, 1/2 mile. Pulled in the cul-de-sac nearest the baseball field, and opened trunks and set planes down.
    Ramsay had a big WW II Corsair, Dave had a 42" Ringmaster, and I had a 38" P51 Mustang.
    Some kids were on bikes, and rode up to see the cars (and planes)
    One of 'em said, "Hey, that Mustang yours?" "Yep..." Again, with the "Hey! How come you guys have these cool rods and fool with toy airplanes?"
    I had the answer. I had awaited this moment...
  2. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
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  3. Oldioron
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
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    Because you couldn't get girls?:)
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  4. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
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    Atwater Mike

    No, the airplanes were the only way to fend them off!
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  5. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
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    Jim Bouchard

    Great story!!!!!
  6. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
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  7. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,801

    from Alabama

    There is really a lesson here. Hot Rods and related hobbies are really just an aspect of our lives.
    I know for me, I have many interests and that's OK.
  8. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 359


    Wow, did that bring back memories!
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  9. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
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    Great story! Anxiously awaiting the next...
    dana barlow likes this.
  10. This is not the typical post around here, but I would sure welcome more like it.
  11. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,100


    Loved it!
  12. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,440

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.

    bowie likes this.
  13. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 725

    jim snow

    Good stuff. Thanks,Snowman

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