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Folks Of Interest Old time Hot Rodder follows me home

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cruzr, May 9, 2012.

  1. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    I went to the store this morning, in the coupe. As i pulled into the garage , a car was pulling up behind me. Anyway it turns out this 90 year old man, Dick Reis, had a 32 Roadster, B block, all hopped up. Told me he used to race on Venice Blvd, had raced Vic Edlebrock a few times amoung others. I encouraged him to go home and write out his history and see if he had any pictures left. Hope he does, i will post if he comes through.
  2. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,610


    Very cool! :cool: Keep us all updated.
  3. neat....I'll subscribe and wait for the update.

    But better yet....the next time you see the guy, ask if you can treat him to lunch, have him bring old photos if he has them.

    Then bring your video camera, or at least record his voice and have him tell stories. There's still a few of those WW2 era guys running around that started hotrodding and it's up to us to coax that history out of them while they're still here.

    My grandfather was too old for WW2, but he was still hopping up Model T's back in the day. I wish I had documented better some of the stories he told me about all that.
  4. FlynBrian
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 760


    Wow, that would be awesome! subscribed...
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  5. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,874

    Deuce Daddy Don

    That would be a great read!!!----Keep us tuned!!
  6. S.F.
    Joined: Oct 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,892


    Thats so cool....I love old timers
  7. Rustyfords is onto something there: See if the guy will go with you to StoryCorps. They are made for exactly this kind of thing!
  8. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    xlnt idea.......i have his ph# so lemme see if he is up for that
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,796


    Hell, I would have followed HIM home.

  10. you gave him homework?
  11. 32gal
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 266

    from The OC

    Knowing Cruzr as i do, he will follow this up
  12. shoprat
    Joined: Dec 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,109

    Member Emeritus
    from Orange, CA

    Hope there's more to this Randy:)
  13. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 2,377

    from Indiana

    Subscribed to that!
  14. Yeah man, I dig hearin the ol guys recount some shenanigans !
  15. dullchrome
    Joined: Jan 15, 2009
    Posts: 987

    from SoCal

    Thats pretty funny.....Randy calling someone "Old Time".
  16. You did take him for a ride in the Coupe, didn't you?:)
  17. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    Ok.........LOL.........its no secret i will be 70 this year, and have been Hot Rodding for over 50 plus years...however this guy is ready to check out{90} and raced on Venice Blvd in LA,,,,,,i am sure he's got cool story's{better than mine}
  18. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,999


    That's so cool. I'd LOVE to read his accounts.
  19. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,874

    Deuce Daddy Don

    I'll be 80 this year----But the old timer has better stories I bet!!
  20. OLLIN
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,077


    Where did they used to race on venice blvd?

    I grew up in the area and have talked to old timers etc, but never heard that was an old racing spot..

    sounds like this will be a cool thread.
  21. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    I have no idea, just repeating what he told me, i realized right away the way he described his engine and whatnot that he was for real and knew alot. I just got his ph# and address so i am going to try and set up a meet and story session. He lives very close to me.
  22. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    That video or voice recorder is a great idea. It falls in step with the Smithsonian project to record and video your Father and Grandfather and Great-Grandfather stories about the wars(WWII, Korea, Viet Nam) and the home front, car stories are all a part of the visual and oral history of our people.
  23. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,138


    Great story, wish I had a chance now to record all the old timers who hung out at Blair's, or worked there, ....not many guys who can say they raced Vic Edelbrock...
  24. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    Told me flat out he raced him twice.....said his 4 banger was fast. I dont remember what all he told me about the engine but its enough to make me a believer
  25. cruzr
    Joined: Jan 19, 2006
    Posts: 3,125


    ok.........I just called him, he wasnt home, left message to set appt to sit down and hear his story.........

    Stay Tuned..............
  26. Sounds cool, keep us posted
  27. richie rebel
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,184

    richie rebel

    90 years old,is he still driving his hotrod???
  28. Dave Rondou
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 658

    Dave Rondou

    I'm in. Keep us posted.
  29. jimvette59
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 715


    Well I'm from the other side of the USA and only 68 but I love to see and hear about the old days and how they built there hot rods.
  30. RussTee
    Joined: Mar 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,204


    Please get details of his banger build and any tips he will share with us.

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