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My father-in-law Larry Petit

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  1. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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    So I just married a beautful woman and wanted to share some pretty cool documents and pictures I discovered. So my wife has always told me about her dad being big into drag racing and spending many of days at the tracks and I knew about him having the 200 mph jacket (but never bragged) and just hearing all of these crazy drag racing stories. He is one of those story tellers who will tell you the history of the person when he mentions someone. For example if he mentions a person in the story he will state their FULL name, how they made their living, the reason people liked them and the reason why everyone thought they were an asshole. Its hilarios if you get my drift. So we went to go visit him in Mogadore, OH, where my wife is from, and we started talking cars again. He has had over 200 cars and will tell you the specs on every single of them. Trust me Ive heard it all at least 3 times. Anyway he told me he had a few pictures of the old days and this is what I found. Holy moses what I found gave me goose bumps. I know Mr. Larry was cool and all but he was in the true days of drag racing. Living on winnigns alone and spending every songle dollar to the car. Well apparently he was good enough to be back up drivers for other peoples car. Thats cool. So check out some of the info he gave me. Some were wally cool photos. He thinks he has more so Ill check it out but his son, my wifes brother also had a shop in Akron, Oh, the economy shiut him down, has 2 twin daughters named Shelby and Saleen. Think they may be Ford folks? Anyway if anyone knows of Larry Petit or knows stories please say something. He remembers every damn thing in his life so maybe someone has talked or raced against him. He also said that the day NHRA mandated the Reverese in their cars he couldnt afford it anymore...

    So other than giving me one beautfiul wife he gave me some sweet photos. Hope you enjoy them and if there is any information you know please send them to me. I would like to brighten his day with some old stores he may remember.
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  2. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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    his first rear engine car...
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    sweet pic right here...
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    Some of his cars and misc photos....he has had a crap laod of cars and i was amazed of the cars he use to have.
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  6. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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    love this sphoto
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  8. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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    This is a great picture....
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  9. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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  10. Cool stuff.Thanks for sharing.
     
  11. low-n-slo54
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    man.....that is some eye candy.
     
  12. fordfan289
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    from indiana

    All that history is so cool lucky to have a cool inlaw.
     
  13. <FANG>
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    To say your a lucky Guy is an undrestatement
     
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  15. tfeverfred
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    WOW! That kicks major ass! He's had quite a life. Very cool.
     
  16. Brad S.
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  17. Ummmmmm, HOLY CRAP !!!!!!!:eek::eek::eek:
     
  18. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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    So as an ending statement. He said he hated the rear engine cars. Thats pretty much was the last part of his carrer anyway with the shole reverse tranny issue. He has some really cool stories and if you mention any car from then he can state some wierd facts about the car and good chance he owned one. He went through some cars in his time. Anyway hope you enjoy them and sorry the pic are so big. I thought there was some pretty coolo stuff in there.
     
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  19. AnimalAin
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    Cool stuff. Thanks for sharing with us.
     
  20. cool...thanks for sharing...
     
  21. HOTRODRUBBER
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    Now that's what I would call my Big "Step" Daddy!!!

    So Cool, Thank You for the effort posting all of those pic's.

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  23. "Whitey Ford" 62 Uni
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    wow....i really didnt do a spell check and wanted to get it out but Im really not as dumb as I had prevously written....hahah
     
  24. WOW, that red fuel coupe is the shit!!
     
  25. drflex
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    right click save as....great post thanks for sharing
     
  26. pwschuh
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    Does he use the computer? Get him to join the HAMB and tell us some cool stories!
     
  27. wetatt4u
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    HOLY SHIT..

    How cool is that ?

    When did you find out about his past ?

    Man I could keep him talking for hours and hours ..

    Is he doing O.K. now health wise ?

    Thats just very cool ,

    I'm sure your wife is very proud of her POP.

    And if not show her the responce that this thread is going to create!

    Damn thats just cool and for him to keep all of that stuff ,you know he had to be proud as hell when he was showing it all to ya.

    Way to go man and thanks for sharing it with us..
     
  28. Rich1028
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    Wow!
    He made passes up here in Saginaw!
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    I never made it to that strip,but I know others who did,I'll pass along this infomation to them.
     
  29. SakowskiMotors
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  30. Wow! What a collection, he must have never thrown anything away!
     

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