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More Rare Bonneville Pictures- 1959

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

  3. Neat pics, always nice to see some historical pictures of the real deal.
  4. Thanks for posting, great history.

  5. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
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    nice, thanks for sharing!
  6. Canada Jeff
    Joined: Jan 9, 2003
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    Canada Jeff

    Image #5... is that Mickey Thompson's Challenger I all taken apart?

    The size of it seems right, and those exhaust pipes, the tanks, if you've ever built the model kit of that car, that all seems very familiar. And in '59 the car didn't yet have the superchargers on the motors under those tarps. Maybe?

    If so, pretty cool. I've never seen that picture of the Challenger before, and there are not as many photos of its earliest configurations.

    Thanks for posting these!
  7. silverdome
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
    Posts: 549


    Interesting. 12 pictures but only 11 appear. Is picture 10 hiding something? How fast did the minibike run I wonder?

    Snap back to it, wake up, quit daydreaming.

    It's been a long day.
  8. Lancer
    Joined: Jan 11, 2004
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    Keep'm comin'!
  9. pontman
    Joined: Mar 18, 2011
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    Canada Jeff,
    That is with out a doubt the Callenger I
  10. I don't believe that's the Challenger 1. I believe the Challenger 1 was powered by four Pontiac engines
  11. Dynoroom
    Joined: Feb 26, 2008
    Posts: 539


    Wheel Man, I downloaded the picture and enlarged it. You really can't see much of the engines but it has the same exhaust, tanks, layout etc. as Challenger. Pretty sure it is. No other car like it.
  12. Here is the cover of the December 1959 Hot Rod Magazine with the Challenger on the cover. As you can see the car is powered be four fuel injected engines, This shot was taken at the Sept 1959 meet. The photo on this site is a twin engine Chrysler with the driver sitting between them.

    Attached Files:

  13. The twin Chrysler car is not the Challenger. The other car all apart is the Challenger for sure. The headers, engine placement and water tanks are the give away.
  14. Dynoroom
    Joined: Feb 26, 2008
    Posts: 539


    You were looking at a different picture. This is Challenger.

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  15. snelson57
    Joined: Jun 3, 2008
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    Can anyone tell what hubcaps are on the T-bird?
  16. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
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    Like Billy Idol says"More,More,More!"
  17. Well my bad!!! That photo does indeed look like the Challenger. Thanks
  18. @silverdome - Here ya go:

    Last edited: Jul 24, 2017
  19. silverdome
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
    Posts: 549


    Thanks, you just can't keep us good MoPar guys down.

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