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Motion Pictures Safety Economy Run... FOR SQUARES!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,647

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. 31modelo
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,128


    Free steak and gas where do I sign up?
  3. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,647

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    If I were that age and was invited, it would have turned into a road race between me and my buddies... We so would have screwed that whole deal up.
  4. allengator
    Joined: Sep 21, 2006
    Posts: 293

    from Keller, TX

    Golly Gee, that was swell....
    Whadasay fellas, wouldnt that be neato?

  5. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,775


    Dude... why you gotta pull 'yay-hoos' into this...?
  6. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,647

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Haha... figured ya'll would catch that.
  7. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,416


    Waking up on Saturday at the crack of dawn, 100 miles going slow with an adult you've never met grading how you drive the whole time. Fuck that noise.
  8. Labold
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 1,219


    Us too. We would have showed up with un-capped headers and a cooler full of beer.
  9. Hodad
    Joined: Dec 26, 2001
    Posts: 250


  10. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,775


    Really... why do some people 'dig out' every time they get into a car...?
  11. So that's what San Francisco is supposed to look like ... I didn't recognize any of those streets or freeways ... they're pretty much bumper to bumper parking lots now-a-days!
  12. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,859

    Retro Jim

    Back when things were very different and the easy going people .
    Where do I sign up for the free gas at 33 pennies a gallon and a steak dinner ?
    Where the hell did we all go wrong in the past 53 years to end up in the mess we have now ?
    Anyway , thanks for the the flashback Ryan !

  13. "Safety Economy Run, Naturally, I didn't know what that meant."

    Ahh, back in the good old days when girls didn't have any self-esteem...
  14. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,404


    Its always the "Bird Brain in the Shot Rod" that ruins it for everyone...
  15. scottybaccus
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,109


    Not a hoodlum in sight! Shoulda given more free gas!

    (I'm sorry, but "Tay" is not a name for any hoodlum..)
  16. daddyo54
    Joined: May 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,402

    Member Emeritus
    from Denison Tx

    I'm a hot rodder and I don't ryhme cause I don't have the time.Thats just silly, Lilly.
  17. MrBelvedere2
    Joined: Jan 13, 2009
    Posts: 189

    from Davis, CA

    That was awesome! why don't we do anything like that anymore? it was kind of like a reliability run in a sense...
  18. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    Neat-o Pete-o. makes me wanna go out and buy some Butch Wax.
  19. Fatbob309
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 491


    "Shoving around Shot rods" Good stuff
  20. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Economy run in a giant Cadillac?
  21. Van Dutch
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 247

    Van Dutch

    Jeez, why ya crying Ryan, that looked like some swell fun.

    Think anybody. even squares, were buyin' that kind of refer madness propaganda back then? The only economy run we ever had was how little gas could you put in your V8 car to get over the bridge to Jersey and still have enough to buy beer when you got there.
  22. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Totally true (don't rock me daddyo!), but on the other hand...
    ...has it's validity today too.
  23. iammarvin
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,197

    from Tulare, Ca

    couldn't get past the intro music.......head about to explode.....ahhhhhhhhhhh
  24. veedolpaul
    Joined: Jul 11, 2009
    Posts: 152


    So thats were the lawn chair car show croud got started.
  25. junquewerkz
    Joined: Mar 16, 2002
    Posts: 86

    from NorCal

    Yeah :)
  26. Jim Bays Sr.
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 8

    Jim Bays Sr.

    This square was pumping gas at Dons MOBIL Super Service in Downey, CA in the late 40's when Mobil put on the Economy Runs and it was interesting to see the results. It revealed the mentality of so many Americans as to just what is important to them. All the cars that came out on top in the results just disapeared from the American highways and was replaced by big gas guzlers. All the cars that did well in those runs were easy to work on, roomy inside, would have lasted forever with reasonable maintenance and sensable operation. At the same time the "Jalopy" races were a growing craze and a whole generation of really great cars were turned into junk by .... hot rodders. True, racing was a thrill to watch and be into, and no exception was Quarter Midget Racing. But no autos were destroyed and no kids were injured to my knowledge, but someone was worried about it I guess cuz suddenly there were roll cages all over the place. each his own I guess. Oh yeah...I even pumped Red Lion and Blue Green at a Gilmore Service Station...'43.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2009
  27. llonning
    Joined: Nov 17, 2007
    Posts: 679


    The gas price killed me. I don't remember what year it was, but a few years later I remember gas a .09/gal for regular. Of course I was just a kid and driving was a long way off at the time. Anybody remember the gas wars??
  28. Jim Bays Sr.
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 8

    Jim Bays Sr.

    Yup ! I saw it at .08 cents here in NLB at a Shell station in 1938. A bus ride to the Pike was .05 cents. The .10 tax made gas .18 cents but suddenly we had better roads. The drawings for Cadillacs and other stuff was fun, The phony gas shortage of '73 (Carter) started all this crap we got today and somebody should have gone to Jail !!! Tankers were waiting in the harbor to unload and Gas trucks were dumping gas into the tanks of stations that had been closed and out of business !! More gas was sold during that time than any other ! It was an experment to see just what they could get away with !! Now we know.
  29. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Gas was 8 cents and the tax was 10 cents? I am sure there is a comment about the good old days in there somewhere with that, but not sure what.

    And by the way, not defending Carter by any means, but he was president from '77-'81. So, I doubt he had much to do with the price of gas in '73, maybe peanuts. But gas did spike again in '79 of course with the Iran fiasco.

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