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  1. Lucky77
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    I took my new girlfriend to the Henry Ford Museum where she saw the Goldenrod streamliner. She took a picture, showed her dad and he said “You know your grandpa raced at Bonneville in the 50s, right?” Unfortunately her grandpa (Fred Head) has passed. But lucky for us her grandma kept a scrapbook of her husband’s one and only trip to the salt flats in 1955. We live in mid Michigan, not exactly the Mecca of land speed racing. A belly tanker with an Ardun equipped, injected flathead must’ve been such an exotic piece of machinery around here, I’m dying to know what happened to it? Some pretty famous cars in these shots as well. Enjoy.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  2. Stogy
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    Priceless collection of Historical propulsion there @Lucky77
    many thanks for sharing those with us...Thats a lot of engine in a very small package...must have been pretty exhilarating...
     
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  3. Stogy
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    So Lucky it says in the clipping that Fred was in Lynnwood...is that in Washington? or a place in Michigan
     
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  4. Lucky77
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    Mid Michigan, just north of Bay City.


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  5. 328isJohn
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    Lucky77 I am going to suggest that you watermark those rare one of a kind pictures before copies end up on epay or pinpayterest.

    John
     
  6. Stogy
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    @Lucky77 the write up said Fred worked for Department 50 Experimental...what might that have been Aviation?
     
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  7. Lucky77
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    Might be a good idea.


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  8. BJR
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    Thought I was going to see pictures of Pontiacs.
     
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  9. Stogy
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    The dark side of the fun we enjoy...I might post these in another thread or find them on the net and save and post but money and greed is not on my agenda...
     
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  10. rusty rocket
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    Very kool stuff there!!
     
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  11. Slopok
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    Why are they all lookin underneath the rear of the truck?
     
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  12. hrm2k
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    killer !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Stogy
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    Gear change not Getting there fast enough...:D...well joking aside probably a breakdown
     
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  14. belair
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    I like that 54 Chevy pickup with the modified grille and TF fenders. Cool pics. Thanks.
     
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  15. ronnieroadster
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    Great pictures of early Bonneville. I must say trying to get the Ardun to run way back then was no easy task I could only imagine what the ride would be like trying to top the 209 record.
     
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  16. DING DING DING DING! JACKPOT!

    Great shots! And overall they look better than most typical snapshots of the era. It looks like you just photographed them but they still show a lot of detail. If possible you should scan them and they'll look even better.

    And as already mentioned you should watermark them with your name and "© 2019". At least the riff-raff might get the idea that these photos aren't "public domain" images.

    And of course, thanks for the share! :cool:
     
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  17. Nice...real nice.....thanks for sharing and for grandma for keeping them to share !
     
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  18. 41rodderz
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    That's what I like . Learning g the history. Very :cool:
     
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  19. GEBHARD
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    from TX...

    Awsome
     
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  20. Stogy
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    @Lucky77 I'd also ask you to pass on a special thanks on Our behalf to your Girlfriend, her Father and in spirit to Grandpa the Hotrodder.
     
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  21. Stogy
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    Good eye there @belair. With this not always a popular thing around here it should give one pause to reflect on the Big Picture.
     
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  22. Tim
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    Fantastic I can’t imagine finding photos like that let alone with the story attached ! Thanks for sharing :)
     
  23. Stogy
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    @slopoke it said in the article that they had 10 Tire failures on the trip to the salt...It looks like they may have been working on a block and tackle to toss onto the A-Frame to perhaps help lift up the truck to aid in repairing it.

    They did 153mph in the Belly and low and behold it must have been one of Fred's buddy who piloted it as he himself had trouble fitting in it...
     
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  24. Jimmy B
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    Awesome photos & history, thank you for posting. Looking at the '55 program it was entered under the name Saginaw Hot Rod Shop, Saginaw Michigan.
     
  25. Chebby belair
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    Many thanks for sharing
     
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  26. catdad49
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    Thank you for sharing these photos and story with us. A Big thanks to your Family, what a treasure. Looks like you have a few names to use if you want to find out the rest of the story. Good Luck and please share, Carp.
     
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  27. RMR&C
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    Awesome pics and story! Thanks so much for sharing.
     
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  28. Mike
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    Wow...
     
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  29. Malcolm
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    Cool stuff, Scott! Thanks for posting.
     
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  30. Boryca
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    My favorite part is how they transported that thing on the back of the truck! I don't think cops would let you go down the road like that these days.
     
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