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  1. Ray Erickson
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    Hi! Ray Erickson here------ A bit of nostalgia from the past-!952" HOT ROD " magazine- Featuring DICK FLINT'S 29 "A"roadster--Check it out----------- This cool grille & hood treatment is great
     

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    Hi! Ray Erickson here---I found this 1955 issue of "HOT ROD" featuring CHUCK PORTERS Ford pickup--Chopped,channeled.& sectioned --TOO COOL!!!!!!!
     

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    Hi! Ray Erickson here--I found this pic of Bob Sullivan At Edna,Kansas-- This is where our Club -"THE KCTA" HELD DRAGS AT--- EDNA ,KANSAS--- in 1954--"Sully " [as we called him]was running his "Olds powered" Deuce roadster--He was a member of the "Dragsters club"--THIS IS NOT A VERY GOOD PICTURE BUT IT IS STILL COOL A PIC. They also helped us with the drags- We had guys from Topeka,Ks. Do our clocking for us.. We held an"" NHRA 4 state regional "Meet there--as well as our regular drags..--------This article was in the May 1954 issue of HOT ROD magazine
     

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  4. Ray Erickson
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    Hi! Ray Erickson here--Here is a rear view pic of "My Chopped 1952 Ford coupe-"WHISTLE BAIT" As I built it -- the DARK COLOR WAS 1954 OLD'S BLUE TURQUOISE--
     

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    Keep 'em coming, Ray.
     
  7. Ray Erickson
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    ooooo
     
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    Hi! Ray Erickson here----I just remembered a short story from the early 1950's--I actually cannot remember the exact year,It was about 1950, maybe 51--There was a favorite "Drive-in"Where A lot of us kids went on Friday & Saturdays nights---The name of the place was"NUWAY" --We would go there with our girlfriend ,if we had one--Have Burger' etc....But especially to look at other guys cars to see what Modifications they had made during the week--Dechroming ,hopping up ,whatever----WELL ,at that time in the history of hot rodding evolution" LOUD "dualpipes were very big--Split manifolds, Blocked heat riser's to make pipes really rack--Porter & Smittys were really popular--AND The loud pipes were driving -Normal people-Crazy,---- People were up in arms for the police to do something---We had a POLICE CHIEF "JOHNSON" of the KANSAS CITY ,Mo. Poilce force. Issued a statement on all local radio stations That starting FRIDAY they would be giving tickets for loud pipes--They did a lot more than that=--- It was about 10:30, late evening------I was riding with a buddy on His Harley[With a FISHTAIL straight pipe & as we approached" Nuway Drivein" We saw all these blinking red lights--Police cars & tow trucks ---"If YOU HAD 2 PIPES ON YOUR CAR THEY WERE ARRESTING you & TOWING AND IMPOUNDING your CAR....We parked his Harley ..Down the block & walked down to NuWay--It didn't matter if your pipes were loud or not--It would require $50.00 bail or spend the night in jail--!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Well , there was a guy there that was very well off $$$ wise--He was driving a customized "Chevie convertible" He went bail for everyone arrested--The next day I poked a bunch of holes in beer cans & stuffed them with steel wool & hammered them in my chrome tips on my 49 Ford coupe, and drove that way for awhile till things cooled down-- Everyone kind of cooled it for awhile-- End of story
     
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  10. Ray Erickson
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    Ray here- I have entered this picture in full before- but,I am splitting it up to show better pic of A FEW OF the club members cars--"These guys were original" KCTA 'club members & 'Cranktwisters" when we picked a new name--------------the ist pic is Wayne Carters 34 sedan & Joe Millers A roadster--It was real fast-He could usually beat my 34---------------------------2nd pic is Walt cox [Olds powered ] 32 coupe == AN ANICDOTE ON WALTS COUPE == He had pulled up to THE STARTING LINE FOR A CLASS ELIMINATION, His engine" backfired Thru his carburetors & started a fire ,,,well an official [a young guy] Grabbed a "powder' fire extinguisher And proceeded to fill up the carbs even after the fire was out --Walt had take the engine pretty much apart to clean out all the powder- HE WASN'T VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT!!!"Mike Mauers channeled 32---------------------------------------------3rd pic is 34 cabriolet [idon't remember whose]and my 34{stripped down for drags only,Even no radiator}----------------------------- 4th pic is Russ Taylor[A Braniff airline Pilot] with his flathead powered & sectioned height & shortened also-NOTE -RUSS WAS TURNING OVER 100 MPH EVERY RUN WITH THE SAME SIZE FLATHEAD AS MINE- I ALWAYS CLOCKED 90 MPH-both 275 cubes--And the custom was my 52 Ford coupe "WhistleBait"--------------This picture was taken in 1956 ain the pit area at the "KCTA drag strip on Front street here in K.C.,Mo.
     

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    What happened to Ray Ericksons 52 Ford-"WhistleBait"
     
  13. Ray Erickson
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    Hi! Radical Ray here--Here is A couple of pic's of --"Tim Ryan" [NEWBIE]"s----41 Lincoln--I am putting them here , Just in case he may not want to put them on his thread----I think he is planning on SELLING it......It has A LATE MODEL Merc. flathead-in it.***********This car is in AMAZINGLY GOOD condtion----------------------------Tim is a 'Hot Rodding "Buddy of mine from KCTA drag strip days in the mid 50's here in Kansas City .Mo. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is "Tim Ryans "32 Deuce coupe back in 1956--
     

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  14. Yeah, what did happen to Ray Erickson's 52? Are whereabouts known? Thanks Ray.
     
  15. Ray Erickson
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    Here are some pic's fromThe KCTA strip in 1956--The club was "The Gear Grinders" A club of young guys-- This was a club project--- It was featured in "Rod Builder & Customizer " Magazine
     

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  16. Ray Erickson
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    oooo
     
  17. 64afx
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    I'm new on here so forgive me for being a virgin. Just wanted to say that my father used to race at the old KCTA with a then "new" '64 Plymouth Fury that was bought at Sites Bros. I have very fond memories as a young lad going to the strip with mom and dad. They're both gone now, but I still have a '64 Belvedere that dad bought as a father/son project in '76. It's white, not black, but it is a 4-speed car with red interior just like Dad's original Fury. Too cool for school! I have a picture from a World of Wheels car show from probably the early 80's where a KCTA sign was on display above an old bantam roadster if I recall? The old Sites Bros. Missouri Mule was also on display at this same show. Car still exists and is undergoing a complete restoration.
     
  18. BrerHair
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    Strolling through the archives (man this place is rad) . . .

    Found this amazing thread by an original hot rodder. This thread needs to be resurrected.

    Ray, are you still out there? Awesome stories, you are a treasured original.
    Hope you don't mind, but I'm re-posting one of your pics of ya'lls car club from back in the day:

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    Thanks for sharing your incredible stuff Ray!!
     
  19. BrerHair
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    I have a series of magazine photos of the Dragettes car club. This is probably ya'lls wives and girlfriends, Ray!!

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  20. Thanks for all of the post's...............It was appreciated by me very much, and by others as well !
    welcome........to the H.A.M.B.

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