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History Iconic Roadsters that set the bar for the rest of us

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Roothawg, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. GordonC
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    These are 3 that did it for me. Doane Spencer's, Frank Mack's, and Fred Steele's. Which I pumped gas into at the age of 12!

    1932 Ford Roadster 01 (Doane Spencer) 02.jpg 2 - Frank Mack T with top up - overhead view (Dain Gingerelli).JPG 70849096_2414222492131734_6015235159861755904_n.jpg
     
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  2. Roothawg
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    Great pics guys!
     
  3. Speed Gems
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    Rich Guasco's roadster was nice also. The story is that he stole a low miles 283 out of a newer Chevy at his dads wrecking yard to replace the flathead.
    speedmech-1958-03.jpg 1929-ford-highboy-roadster-rich-guasco-vintage-promo.jpg OIP.jpg
     
  4. Roothawg
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    I like this version a lot.
     
  5. Gofannon
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  6. jnaki
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    upload_2020-10-22_4-19-56.png December 1959
    Hello,

    The most iconic roadster for us was the bright orange modified Speed Sport Roadster II. It was the epitome of the small roadster that was able to compete with the top eliminator FED race cars. "Red" Greth, Lyle Fisher and Don Maynard were the mainstays of the team. My brother and I traveled over two hours one way to get to Riverside Raceway on surface streets to see the West Coast appearance of the bright orange roadster on a cold, December 1959 morning.
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    Then several months later, in March of 1960, we were totally impressed again with the power and sound of the roadster at the Bakersfield Smokers 2nd March Meet. The one way trip was over 2 hours, also. It was a long road trip, but the results were well worth it.
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    Jnaki

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    The sound from the exhaust pipes created a tone that no one will forget at both the open area of the Bakersfield Smokers Dragstrip. Especially, when the Speed Sport Roadster went whizzing by where I was standing, taking movies on the cliff side of the Riverside Raceway course. It was magnified to no end. It was impressive and amazing.

    Speed Sport Roadster
     
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  7. Moriarity
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    I kinda like this one...

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  8. Phil Cool's orange 1978 AMBR-winning highboy.
    It reminded us what a REAL hot rod was during a time of custom vans, kit cars and Buick V6's.:rolleyes:
    cools hiboy 01.jpg Phil Cool 07.jpg
     
  9. Stovebolt
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    what's not to like about this one???
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  10. Stovebolt
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    Thought this quintessential hot rod would have been listed here already
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  11. Stovebolt
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    More of the Ray Brown roadster
    Ray Brown.jpg 2 (6).jpg 2 (3).jpg 1 (5).jpg 1.jpg
     
  12. bowie
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    Stove bolt: I did list it!
     
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  13. Roothawg
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  14. Stovebolt
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    My Bad, sorry @bowie
     
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  15. I love the Ray Brown roadster.
    I sometimes have a dream 'if only it had been in AG instead of ...'
     
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  16. RJP
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    This style pretty much did it for me. Still does. Single seat, center steer and a track nose. If it gets any better b39c16f3c1230f08f797de116cafca4b.jpg

    than this, I never found it.
     
  17. Agree...nice posts.....can I add my uncle's pre Korea roadster pic - it's on it's way to Bonneville for 1950. And after Korea about 1955 with full 1932 fenders and the Olds power - the year before it was in the Hot Rod Annual for 1956 - along with his Bonneville 1954/55 Model T lakester running a GMC - this shot at my grandpa's shop where it was originally built in 1949/50. roadster behind leroy to bville.jpg roadster 1956 in front of shop.jpg
     
  18. The first Sacramento show 1950 - Dick Bertolucci made the belly pan but I think the story is he couldn't run it in the roadster class at Bonneville...... the # 5 entry full pic.jpg
     
  19. A Boner
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  20. DDDenny
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    from oregon

  21. DDDenny
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    Blackie Gejeian

    1946

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    1948
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    ?Year?
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  22. Speed Gems
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  23. Gray Baskerville Roadster
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  24. Blake 27
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    The Dick Flint roadster is my all time favorite! DSC03578-001.JPG
     
  25. Tdesoto276
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    Kinda partial to this one: Bob Urquhart's '27 T from the October 1962 Hot Rod cover (see my avatar) Three Quarter Rear w Bob and Norm from Hot Rod Gallery.jpg
     
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  26. Speed Gems
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    The Ricky Nelson roadster
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  27. Deuce Daddy Don
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    When crusing with the LAR club back then, every time we went thru a tunnel, I would tease Tom & tell him his roadster sounded like a "Cement Mixer!!----WOW it was so loud!! Tom McMullen's new '32 roadster with Mosher engine 1976.jpg
     
  28. Speed Gems
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    @Deuce Daddy Don I've cropped those for you a little bit.
    Tom McMullen's new '32 roadster with Mosher engine 1976.jpg
     
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  29. Sam Conrad’s roadster all the way!!! 556279E9-2C02-491B-ACCC-2339D8DB453D.jpeg
     

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