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History RPU at Bonneville?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Larry T, Dec 2, 2022.

  1. Larry T
    Joined: Nov 24, 2004
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    Anyone know who owned this? Pretty sure the picture was taken in 1954.


    Bonniville.jpg
     
  2. I believe the owner name was Bob McAdams and he lived in Santa Cruz.

    Mick
     
  3. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
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    from California

    gotta love the roll bar that won't protect your head. looks cool though..:)
     
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  4. That's ample protection for my 5'-2" wife... even if she sat on a phonebook. :p
     
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  5. Here's a couple more shots of it.

    Mick
    BobMcAdamsT-RPU-SantaCruz.jpg BobMcAdams27T-RPU-SantaCruz1.jpg
     
  6. jimmy six
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    Shoulder roll bars were mandatory in 1954-55 by the SCTA. A head hoop came in 56 I believe and bracing after that.
     
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  7. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
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    from California

    1955 Bonneville.jpg
    Here's a Roadster in 1955 -- looks like no rollbar required. I doubt that RPU was a competitor -- they're a whole lot of hot rods there every year -- more than the number of competitors.
     
  8. Found one more, parked by the Western Motel in Wendover, Utah.

    Mick

    trpuatwendover.jpg
     
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  9. jimmy six
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    That roadster had a legal shoulder bar. Many were under the body lip. Jack Underwood and his father were there during that time helping other Compton guys and running their roadster and were talked of that ear often.
     
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