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Hot Rods R.I.P. Barb Hamilton

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 40ragtopdown, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 12,571


    Just found out that Barb Hamilton passed. Our condolences to her family and friends . FB_IMG_1587667333031.jpg
  2. Not exactly sure who she is but she sure looks happy behind the wheel of that Willys!
    Looks like she was living the good life!
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  3. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,088


    condolences to family....great pic of a great lady,,,
  4. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,429

    from Michigan

    Her name's on the door. Must be her car. She's badass!

    Much respect.

    Hey guys. Try this while you're stuck at home wondering what else to eat. Super easy, super good. Hot cook-style chocolate pudding poured over vanilla ice cream. You're welcome. LOL

  5. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 21,742


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    Condolences to the Hamilton Family and Friends on the Loss of Racer Barbara... Women in Race and Wrench, always good to see...May She Rest in Peace...

    Thanks for sharing this loss to the Community @40ragtopdown


    Credit to Photographer, Owner

    Last edited: Apr 23, 2020
  6. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,429

    from Michigan

    Did a quick search.
    First woman to receive a license from the NHRA to drive a supercharged car.
    Yup... badass.

    Hey guys. Try this while you're stuck at home wondering what else to eat. Super easy, super good. Hot cook-style chocolate pudding poured over vanilla ice cream. You're welcome. LOL
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  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,710

    Jalopy Joker

    Wow - what history she made - sincere sympathy goes out to her Family, friends and fans
  8. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 3,949


    I saw Barb at the Thompson, Ohio Dragway when she was honored at the Gasser Reunion. Barb never had the recognition that Shirley Muldowney has enjoyed but she was also a long time female racer. Godspeed Barb.
  9. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,728

    Atwater Mike

    I've always appreciated active, competitive women in the sport... my wife worked with me in my shop, 6 years+. (customers, fellow drag racers, etc. always praised her for her engine expertise.
    One day in the pits (Fremont/Baylands Raceway) some big blowhard walks up, looks at our legal A/Street Roadster, then scoffs at my T-shirt. (Shirley Muldowney)
    He says, "What! You're wearin' a woman's shirt??"
    I said, "Oh, yeah...When you put Garlits on the trailer, I'll wear yours, too!" True story.

    Mike Terri built Cha-Cha's chassis, she was 'pulling left' when leaving, he said.
    My shop was a stone's throw from his, I was visiting, we looked at 'crane lacing' along sides, were discussing placements of laterals, left to right...'Frame twist'...
    In thru the door slams a disheveled black haired woman, loudly, "MIKE!!!"
    He stands, she stomps up, screams "Isnt this thing ready YET???"
    Mike responds, "Just gotta change some angles, and weld it up...'Uncle Mike and I were just talking about it..."
    She turns, grumbling, makes for the door, then turns, and loudly: "WHO THE FVGK IS UNCLE MIKE???" Then she jumped in a van, drove out of there like she was mad...
    I laughed, but not loud.....
    Crap. Thought I was somebody...
  10. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,547


    Sounded like a cool lady! RIP!
  11. Sad news, RIP .. thoughts and prayers to the her family and friends..
  12. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,718

    from Oregon

    Condolences to family and friends . :(
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,422


  14. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,681


    Never met her personally but knew of her from the Willys and gasser world. RIP Barb.

  15. 55 Ford Gasser
    Joined: Jul 7, 2011
    Posts: 603

    55 Ford Gasser

    I met her 20 or so years ago at the Henderson, Tennessee show. Really nice lady. She told me she had gotten a call from Don Garlits and he was wondering if she knew where her old Gasser was. She told him, "Yes, it's in my garage." I think that's when she got it out and started showing it. I believe she would loan it to the Don Garlits Museum when she wasn't showing it.

    RIP Barb.
  16. My son, Joe, and I met Barbara Hamilton a few years ago. A real lady, and a real competitive racer. May she rest in piece. Condolences to her family.
  17. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 3,617

    from illinois

    My wife says top it off with whipped cream & a cherry ..
  18. 48stude
    Joined: Jul 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,195


    I watched Barbara race back in the sixties at Quaker City Dragway. I last talked to her at Goodguys Columbus a few years ago. Traditional Rod & Kulture mag did a tremendous two part article on her in issues #24 & #25 . By the way, the paint on her Willys drag car is still the original paint. Very cool lady . Bill
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  19. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,516

    from Owasso, OK

    Rest In Peace Barb. You were a history maker and a class act.
  20. Yum and yum again.
  21. Godspeed Lady Racer.
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  22. RIP Barb. Will miss you at Thompson and Annabelle's
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  23. F924D85F-C242-4612-B9FE-341171A4A566.jpeg

    From Hemmings

    Barbara built, and drove, this 1937 Willys coupe, driving it since 1963, built her own engines, racing it in CC/Gas Supercharged. She owned the car in conjunction with her racing teammate, Nancy Leonello. Barbara drove this car through the late 1970s. She precedes Paula Murphy, Della Woods, Shirley Muldowney--all of them--as a licensed driver for blown cars.

    I didn't take this photo; it comes from Barbara's scrapbook. This photo was taken at the airport in Akron, Ohio, where they ran drag races. The car was candy blue with a supercharged small-block Chevy. Barbara drove this car until the NHRA did away with the supercharged Gas coupes. She considered building a BB or AA/Gas car, but it was just too expensive. She saw the handwriting on the wall. She drove blown Gas coupes from her late teens to her early 30s.
  24. Nicholas Coe
    Joined: Jul 5, 2017
    Posts: 2,037

    Nicholas Coe

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  25. [​IMG]
    Barbara Hamilton
    The first Woman in drag racing to receive an NHRA license for driving supercharged cars. Barb and best friend Nancy L. campaigned this beautiful coupe from 1964 through 1971.

    A professional technical writer at TRW during the week, this weekend racer won the 1966 NHRA Springnationals and was runnerup at the 1968 Indy Nationals. All the while holding the NASCAR C Gas Supercharged ET record of 11.94 seconds.

    Barbara is one of only a few women who built, owned, wrenched, and drove her own car. A true pioneer in the sport of drag racing, she was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 1992.

    The car below is now on display at the Don Garlits Museum in Florida.

    Barbara Hamilton & her 1937 Willys Coupe

    Indianapolis in 1966 - CC/Gas Willys. That's Barb on the right.
    Contributed by Rick Kaiser©

    In Barb's backyard in about 1966.

    Hot Rod!
  26. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,365


    What a class act!
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  27. RIP..Those TRK articles on her were great..
  28. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 12,571


    FB_IMG_1587668556352.jpg FB_IMG_1587668544495.jpg FB_IMG_1587668502845.jpg a couple more pics.
  29. D. GLOVER
    Joined: Apr 17, 2014
    Posts: 117

    from pa

    Great lady, made a great driver, met her at the Bruce Larson open house last year.
    D. Glover, Former drag racer

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