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OG roadster racing pics...Fathers Day

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ramblur, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101

    Ramblur
    Member

    Going through some of my dads old pics. Any ideas were this track might have been? Most likely eastern Ohio/ western Pennsylvania. Doesn't look like a typical midwest
    bullring,it has to be at least a 1/2 mi. I'm sure dad told me were
    this was but it escapes me. Sure does look like the Jalopy
    Showdown pic on the HAMB calender this month though.
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    One of dads rides
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    He was a fan of the big&little look on this Euclid he ran in Brookpark
    near Cleveland.
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    This roadtrip after returning from the Navy planted the seed for his
    return 30 yrs. later.
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    BTW the Ford in the pic above never made it back to Ohio,he swapped it even for a"hotter" Ford with some bootlegger that
    needed a fresh car. Hope you enjoy the pics.







    My dads been gone for 10 yrs. now,so on this fathers day I'm going
    through some of his old pics. Although not a "hot rodder" per se it
    seems he wasn't far from it. Growing up in eastern Ohio on an apple
    orchard during the depression exposed him to the "make do"mindset.
    Chain drive,solid rubber tired C cabs and a Stutz converted into a
    truck got his hands dirty and by the age of 15 he had a Harley for
    year round transportation.After a stint in the Navy for "War2"
    (what my grandmother called it) he went through a couple 40 Fords
    and a new Indian Chief. From his cab co. to trucking,and heavy
    equipment operater he married my mom and started his family.
    By the time I was 7 he sold all his trucks and started building a
    mobile home park followed by a second in the early 70's. My
    brothers and I were cheap labor:eek: and he didn't suffer our
    shortcomings well at times. The second park was finished and
    sold mid 70's so he pursued his dream. A roadtrip to Florida after
    his return from the Navy inspired him with all the roadside camping
    involved.Soon our ragtag construction equipment was in central
    Fl. carving a campground out of 25 acres of jungle on a 1500 ac.
    lake.Soon followed by another 10 miles up the road. After it was
    sold the new owner hired us to double the size and by the time
    that was done he'd found a froze out orange grove on a lake and
    Interstate 4 twenty miles from Disney. This was to be my brothers
    and my operation although not much changed. While his
    contempararies were out chasing little white balls around manicured
    landscapes he was still our taskmaster,sweat soaked and still able
    to outwork any of his three sons. Through prostate,skin and finally
    lung cancer he managed to see it to completion before the spot on
    his lung returned with a vengance after being beaten once.His take
    was he could only dodge so many bullets so he set his sights on legislation that was meant to save all the failing family farms of that
    time and how our company fit in. Two days after it was signed into
    law he was gone, calling the shots right up until the very end...
    As they get reading to drop the green flag at the Nascar race in
    Michigan today I'm reminded of him taking my older brother and I
    up there for our first Nascar race so many years ago.
    Happy Fathers Day, Lee"J" Lynn, "Jake" to those that knew him
    and Dad, Boss, Mentor to me. Miss you.
     
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  2. 31whitey
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
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    great post man

    what a story

    born in cleveland, grew up in pittsburgh

    that looks like the track in BUTLER
     
  3. Buildy
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,521

    Buildy
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    Great photos and and a great tribute to your Dad!

    Some real interesting Track roadsters. That fancy one in the first two pics looks like it has a 31 or so Chrysler Grille to me.
     
  4. excellent pics and tribute to your dad man!
     

  5. rustymetal
    Joined: Feb 18, 2003
    Posts: 547

    rustymetal
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    very nice tribute to your dad and something to think about on father days
     
  6. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,159

    gnichols
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    from Tampa, FL

    Thanx SO much for posting these. Just wonderful. Gary
     
  7. HOT ROD DAVE
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
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    HOT ROD DAVE
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    great looking pics
     
  8. 327-365hp
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
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    327-365hp
    Member
    from Mass

    Great pics! and thanks to great dads!
     
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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    Fantastic pics and a fantastic tribute. Those pics were just great! Ya can't put a price on photographic proof of how it really was.

    Thanks.
     
  10. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

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    What a great tribute to your dad. He was part of the generation that made America great and from your posting it looks like he was an example of the best. My own father was of that generation and we owe them and the generations before everything we hold dear.

    Frank
     
  11. Rootie Kazoootie
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
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    Rootie Kazoootie
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    from Colorado

    Looks like the cars of the Mutual Racing Assn. of the 40s -50s. The track could be Shady Bowl (Ohio) or Mt. Lawn (Ind. ?) Theres a bunch of similar pics here:http://www.mtlawn.com/MRA/Page.html
     

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  12. Ramblur
    Joined: Jun 15, 2005
    Posts: 2,101

    Ramblur
    Member

    Thanks for the help guys. That pic that Rootie posted that says
    looks like shady bowl is definitely the same track. I've looked through
    a bunch of the pics and can't find anything to confirm it. The pics look
    more like the layout at Mt. Lawn but I don't see that tower in any
    of the pics I've looked at.I originally thought it might be Sharon
    Speedway because that was closer to our hometown of Columbiana,
    but maybe not. I'll do another post if I figure it out. Thanks again all.:D
     
  13. racer5c
    Joined: Nov 30, 2002
    Posts: 2,218

    racer5c
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    I have it on VERY good authority that those pictures are most definatley from
    Shady Bowl Speedway in Degraff Ohio
     

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