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Technical Lets see Cars in Tow....gotta get em there somehow

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by choptop40, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,373

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

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    My 32 cabriolet came in on this rig from Spokane, WA to Smithfield, VA.
    Dangest rig I'd ever seen!:eek: The top of the front raised up about 2 feet!
    The row of cars in the bottom picture were all taken off this rig in order to get to mine.:eek:
    Please forgive the pic of just the hauler but I thought y'all would want to see the whole thing.
    It was something. Just the driver by himself!!:) Talked a bit funny but sure knew how to operate his rig.;)
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  2. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,830


    Here's my Austin when it was delivered. Considering the size of the car, it probably could have been delivered in the back of a regular pickup with an 8' bed with the tailgate open. Scan-180702-0001.jpg
  3. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,479


    View attachment 4457130 My first Ebay purchase was my '41, I was the only bidder at a $600 Buy now price. Dragged it back from Minnesota, no title, no problem:D

    Next was '48 sedan delivery dragged from Minnesota 7 years later title required,,no problem. Both my dd's also imported from Minnesota.

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  4. Mart
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,102


    About an hour ago.
    My 41pu went bang. Friend towed me home. On a rope. In the rain.

    Oh what joy.

  5. Shadow Creek
    Joined: May 14, 2014
    Posts: 187

    Shadow Creek
    from Summit, TX

    F6D7C091-1ACE-454B-80FA-DC9B669D90DE.jpeg my 39 after a 27 hour round trip to Illinois to pull it out of a barn
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  6. Taking the Center Door to a show with my COE.

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  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 26,944


    Kind of disappointed. I thought guys were going to show cars that they were flat towing rather than cars riding on stretchers.
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  8. ^^^^^ Still have my tow bar.
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  9. AldeanFan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
    Posts: 552


    My friends bantam fell apart at the end of the track so I towed him back with my wagon. Luckily I had the rope I use tie the surfboard on the roof.

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  11. AldeanFan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
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  12. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,558


    62 years ago at Orange Show Stadium in Riverside, CA.
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  13. Canuck
    Joined: Jan 4, 2002
    Posts: 1,038


    The only time on a trailer, on the way, in the rain, to get a Safety Inspection, a requirement for registration.

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  14. Thanks to both of you for you're comments.
  15. mchook
    Joined: Oct 6, 2018
    Posts: 55


  16. Latest lapse in self discipline, thinking speedster style
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  17. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,373

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    DSC02103.JPG This was my setup in York 2013. Priceless combination... sorry they are gone.
    DSC02106.JPG Both were the real deal. Gasser was wicked!
  18. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,558


    1952 Culver City (CA) Speedway.
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  19. C69A
    Joined: Jun 6, 2008
    Posts: 81



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  20. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,509



    The "Touring Pros" from the drag racing world started going to almost every big name dragstrip across the USA back in those early days. Paid appearances, sponsor funded tours, customer appreciation days, obligations to business backers, etc. The only way to find out who was coming to your nearby dragstrip was to look at the weekly Drag News paper. It not only had the latest results from every drag strip across the country, but there were serious articles about the top brands in the industry. (along with stories of those racers who used the brands.)

    Some of the earliest top drag racers made the trip across the USA from coast to coast and those that made early U.S. Nationals ½ way across the USA were pioneers. But, two So Cal locals were purportedly labeled as the first “touring professionals” to go from state to state and dragstrip to dragstrip in 1960. Sure, there were those early racers that came out West to race against the top Westcoast builders and racers. Not too many stayed on the coast going to all of the name dragstrips along the way. It was the big money events in So Cal and Northern Cal that drew those early guys.

    So, it was a road trip by a well known TV/movie star and his side kick buddy. They were to make the first official state to state, dragstrip to dragstrip tour, of the well know places, to race against the locals. Supposedly, the movie/TV studios had a clause that Tommy Ivo could not drive the tow car all over the USA. So, he had his friend and fellow car club member, Don Prudhomme, drive the big Caddy sedan tow vehicle. As we all know of their exploits and history in drag racing, this tour was what started it all. (Towing all the way across the USA and back to So Cal.)

    In his humble beginnings, Tommy Ivo was a Buick guy. All of his hot rods/cruisers and race cars were Buicks or at least Buick powered. He also had a cool 55-56 Buick push/tow car back then.
    But, a Cadillac sponsored trailerfor this big time tour? At least there are the same matching hubcaps.


    We all wonder if this was a “gift” from local sponsorships for a well-deserved drag racer and/OR a great publicity stunt. The photo below is their first road trip across the USA.

    With Don Prudhomme driving the Cadillac (studio rules) and being the crew chief, they toured the USA…in the 1957 Cadillac and the Buick twin.
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  21. Johnny99
    Joined: Nov 5, 2006
    Posts: 780


    Why yes I am the invisible man!

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  22. What about hot rods being used as tow rigs? Here's my buddy's survivor '32 Chevy being used to tow our mini bikes at Bonneville.
  23. My pair of '60 Pontiac Safari wagons when I retrieved them...
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  24. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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  25. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,934

    Jalopy Joker

    I know "no pics, didn't happen" but, the first car that I bought on my own was to replace my '55 Chevy totaled by a drunk driver hitting me - had great drivetrain, so was looking for another '55-'57 - found a '57 on a used car lot, at night - "another young guy was just here and has gone to get his Dad, first come first served" - my Dad was out of town on business, so talked my Mom into going back to lot with me - bought it without a test drive - about 5 miles back to home - about 1 mile from home it dies and will not start - so, we go back home to get a tow chain - she is very upset with me (nothing new) because she has never towed a car - we got home very slowly - did do the motor / trans swap and turned into a Cool ride for a High School kid
  26. My Model A, dual sidemount stakebed.... post-37352-143138076627.jpg
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  27. justabeater37
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,267


    A T I built this spring and sold to a buddy. He flat towed it from Chicago area to Indy and back for an event. C6F39A64-CC37-422F-98D5-F43F645C407A.png
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  28. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,276


    pullingdoubles.jpg 300 mile day, thru the mountains
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  29. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,547

    Bandit Billy

    @Mart it was probably just the rear window falling out! :D
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  30. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,239

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I didn't get a picture on the rollback, but here's my truck about a year ago waiting for a ride.
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