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History Saugus Drag Strip Early 50s

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jimmy B, May 5, 2014.

  1. 296ardun
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    Racer56: I can't even think where to start, he was there at the Beginning of Drag Racing...Maybe just ask for his best/worst memories of Saugus, be great to bet his perspective!
     
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  2. JeffreyJames
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    This is such a great thread and a real treasure for us all on the HAMB!! Thanks Jimmy B!!!
     
  3. I thought I might bump this.
     
  4. Thanks for posting these ,great pictures. Now I need to find those motorama slides.
     
  5. 296ardun
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    Thanks, Jimmy, it needed bumping...Don Montgomery was on another thread a few minutes ago, hope he sees this...his memories are priceless!
     
  6. Special Ed
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    Interesting to see Arlen Kurtis driving his Sport in the first photo in your first post. He had that car in high school, and had it (in restored condition) on display inside a building at the very last LARS! Dean can fill you in about how Arlen was re-united with it ... :)
     
  7. @Jimmy B -

    Thanks for bumping this (awesome) thread!

    I'm embarrassed to say I missed it when you started it back in May :oops: ... though I did see your reference to the purchase of these pics in @KKrod's A FUEL COUPES - DON MONTGOMERY '32 3W thread.

    Thanks for sharing this history with us ... Much appreciated! :D
     
  8. 296ardun
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    I found a couple more pictures from Saugus from Don Ewald's site:

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    George Boltoff took this picture of the Mikkleson Brothers Lakewood Muffler car at Saugus around '55. Don Yates drove, reportedly ran a 9.44 then...

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    and this is George himself, Frank Huzsar, the chassis master, is standing at the center, maybe '54....
    Wish there were more Saugus pictures, grateful to Jimmy for those he posted.....
     
  9. @296ardun I recently came across an article in one of the little pages about the Lakewood Muffler Dragster I will scan it in the next couple of days.

    A couple more pics from Saugus
    Tom-red-Hynes-T-touring.jpg

    jpb-69er-t-001.jpg
     
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  10. 296ardun
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    Jimmy, great pictures! That T tub was once on the cover of HRM...I have it in my pile, have to dig it out; I believe it has been restored.
     
  11. It has, the article on Tom 'Red' Hynes T
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    March '50 cover
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    July '50 feature
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    El Mirage 1951
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  12. KKrod
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    Thanks for posting the pictures and articles. Nice car.
     
  13. No worries Karl.

    The Lakewood Muffler Dragster article

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  14. elgringo71
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    Great stuff and thanks for posting, I love these history lessons.
     
  15. Deuce Daddy Don
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    Thanks for posting!----The '32 above could have been mine!---The filled in items are identical to mine when I purchased it in 1962, all in pieces, body,frame & 4 fenders.
    Can't see the rear in the pix, but mine also had '39 tailights &4 holes for license plate. Big roll bar mounts in the trunk.
    I tried for years to trace, but no luck!----Don
     
  16. Deuce Daddy Don
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    Used to drool over all that racing activity in the magazines that was going on when I was in Korea! 1951-1955.
    Anyone remember Joe Torvick's '40 coupe??---He ran the lakes in 1949.
     
  17. 15ASedan
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    1953. My Dad in the Don Corwin sponsored 8300 car runs against tennis legned Pancho Gonzales 1953bcsedan001.jpg
     
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  19. rtsidejohnny
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    Nice Jimmy, great addition to the thread!
    Thanks for posting it all.
    Johnny
     
  20. Cyclone Kevin
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    6-S Ranch Airpark
    SOLEDAD & WHITES | CANYON COUNTRY
    See Post 50 and enlarge for Comparison Photo R&C coverage of Saugus Drag Strip
    The trees are the ID's in their location.

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    A 1951 aeronautical chart shows the airport as Newhall, elevation of 1207 feet, with a 4,000-foot-long runway. The lighted beacon is no longer shown; the radio beacon is 209 KHz, new identifier EHA, 4 courses.

    Also in 1951, a new airport is shown: the 6-S Ranch, elevation 1350 feet, with a 2,600-foot-long runway, located about where Whites Canyon Road in Canyon Country is today.

    A 1960 aeronautical chart no longer shows Saugus or Newhall having an airport. The radio beacon 4-course range at 209 KHz, identifier EHA, now makes up the southwest end of Green 4 airway. The 6-S Ranch airport is still shown, elevation 1349 feet, runway 2,500 feet long.

    A 1962 aeronautical chart no longer shows any airport in the Saugus/Newhall/Canyon Country area. (Established in 1946, the 6-S Ranch Air Park closed in 1960, upon the death of its owner. It became the North Oaks housing tract.) In 1962 the radio beacon 4-course range was still operational on 209 KHz, identifier EHA. While in 1962 many 4-course radio ranges still existed, the "colored" airways were no longer shown. Most airways switched to the "Victor" airways using VHF omni-directional (360-course) radio navigation stations.

    After this time, aeronautical facilities in the Santa Clarita Valley no longer existed.

    JohnnyGee asked about it's location awhile back.
    This is basically where the track was I believe.(Disregard the pinpoint, It's a starbucks map, but who knows those things are everywhere....)
    This area has been getting hammered with development
    for as long as I can remember, but the late 80's into the 90's really
    changed the face of this area, so much so, that the last remaining car related racing venue closed as a result of noise complaints, not the deteriorating grandstands that actually served Gilmore Field years before. I can say though I did get my deuce chassis from a HAMB'r there awhile back. I always have to stop at the Saugus Cafe. ;).
     
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  21. This is some great photos and information....Thanks for bring it back around.
     
  22. 296ardun
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    Inspired by the bump for this site (thanks, Jimmy B!), I visited the Screwdrivers FaceBook site...and found these pictures from Saugus...if someone owns them or doesn't want them posted, please let me know and I will remove them....most are clearly from Saugus:

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    This might be Santa Ana?

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    Chrisman Brothers.

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    Probably Saugus, not 100% sure

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    This could be Tony Waters, when he ran the GMC engine in his roadster.
     
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  23. Great pics I missed those.
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    That looks like a later version of this roadster below, thank you for the possible ID.

    jpb-1950s-drags-T-gmc.jpg
     
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  24. 296ardun
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    Great picture, pretty sure this is Tony Waters, the V8-60 axle, the white roll bar, and the GMC are pretty close ..thanks for posting
     
  25. Rod Hynes
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    Thank you Jimmy B. for letting the group know that Norm was driving the family TUB in Girls Town. I will always believe it was the inspiration for Norm building his Touring.
     
  26. Rod Hynes
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    Jimmy B., may I share the photos of the TUB at Saugus and El Mirage with the editor of Hot Rod Deluxe? You may reply to: rod72652@yahoo.com. Thank you!
     
  27. BrerHair
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    Now that's a cool bump! Welcome to the HAMB Rod! (Drive that avatar car to Tonopah!)
     

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