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History Sexiest Dragster of the 50s?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Sexiest Dragster of the 50s?


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  2. JWL115C
    Joined: Jan 28, 2010
    Posts: 91


    I have always thought the "Glass Slipper" was the nicest looking dragster back in the day. JWL
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  3. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 13,546


    The Glass Slipper came to my mind too,
    I saw it run at SIR,
    'thought it looked kinda cool in the pits
    But when it smoked the tires for what seemed like the entire strip it went from cool to awsome.
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  4. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,674


    I guess not sexy but I have always liked Ioconos car.

    This cutaway pic gets it for me.

    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017
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  5. 3rd Gen Hot Rodder
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
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    3rd Gen Hot Rodder
    from Indiana

    OK, I am obviously a little biased, but my late Grandfathers dragster is my pick. See my avatar and link in my signature for additional pics and history.

    Attached Files:

  6. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 6,428

    from oregon

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  7. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
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    Speed Gems

    Calvin Rice had a nice dragster. One of the first to run Nitro back in the 50's
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  8. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 18,203

    Jalopy Joker

    Hustler I by Art Chrisman & Frank Cannon DSCN9629 (1).JPG - California Hot Rod Reunion 25th Anniversary
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  9. Dino the weirdo
    Joined: May 27, 2007
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    Dino the weirdo

    Dover Drag Strip ...E 76350048.JPG ast Coast version of "Glass Slipper"
  10. George Klass
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
    Posts: 513

    George Klass

    That rig must have been fun to tow...
  11. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,326


    Jack Williams, Syndicate, Scuderia Racing Team. The A/D looks to fit right in with the other dragsters posted.
    I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  12. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,842

    El Caballo

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  13. 42˚18'N 83˚09'W
    Joined: Jul 29, 2008
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    42˚18'N 83˚09'W

    OK! El Caballo wins...
  14. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 3,717


    Hell yeah he does!
  15. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
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    seb fontana
    from ct

  16. At the 1958 (Oakland) National Roadster Show, George Barris/Richard Peters' Ala Kart '29 RPU won the America's Most Beautiful Roadster award ... and Romeo Palamides' dragster won the America's Best Competition Car award:

    1958 National Roadster Show.jpg

    The "World's Most Beautiful Dragster" was featured in the December 1958 issue of CAR CRAFT magazine:

    Car Craft December 1958 cover.jpg
    Car Craft December 1958 pgs 18 & 19.JPG

    The car has been restored:

    1958 Romeo Palamides Slingshot Dragster (Restored 1).JPG
    1958 Romeo Palamides Slingshot Dragster (Restored 2).JPG
    1958 Romeo Palamides Slingshot Dragster (Restored 3).JPG
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  17. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
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    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Photo cred Tim Sutton digger 01.JPG
  18. From @TRJ's coverage of the 2015 California Hot Rod Reunion:

    Only at Bakersfield can you see a Westergard custom push-starting an original ’50s survivor slingshot. Mike Hegarty, the son of the
    late Ed Hegarty, is the caretaker of both the Bertolucci-Ohanesian ’40 Merc convertible sedan and the flathead-powered “Silhouette”
    dragster. The two-car team received the CHRR Cacklefest award, which is given to participants who best capture the spirit of the
    event with their era-correct push car/dragster combinations. (Photo by Marc Gewertz/NHRA)

    Mike Hegarty's 1954 Silhouette dragster.jpg
    It’s always exciting to watch cars come out of the woodwork to be seen by the masses, such as the unrestored “Silhouette” dragster.
    The flathead-powered slingshot was built in 1954 and is owned by Mike Hegarty. (Photo by @Tom davison)
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  19. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
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    rusty rocket

  20. wuga
    Joined: Sep 21, 2008
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    Our version of the 'Glass Slipper', Galt Strokers 1958
    or as rendered by Mr. Norwell

  21. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 4,570

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    Cook and Bedwell (reproduction) Lonestar (1 of 1).jpg
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  22. Gary Reynolds
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
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    Gary Reynolds

    Gotta go with the Speedsport car! Ol Noisey!
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  23. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
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    Stan Back
    from California

    I'm no expert (well, we all know that) but that Cook & Bedwell reproduction has always looked just not quite right to me. Too bright of blue, a little too shiny, the lettering different than when it set the record at Colton (I was there -- see my picture on the cover of Hot Rod -- I'm the guy in the Levi's and white T-shirt).

    One of the greatest early dragsters, but not really that sexy, either.
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  24. Gary Reynolds
    Joined: Mar 18, 2008
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    Gary Reynolds

    That's true of almost A:: "recreated" or "restored" anything! I see "restored" early funny cars finished like Rolls Royces.AND, speaking of Rolls Royces, look at "restored" WW2 aircraft!
    Half of them are shiney, look like Cerny just painted them, couldn't be more UNAUTHENTIC!!!
    My rant!
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017
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  25. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
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    Roger O'Dell

    For me glass slipper (when I put a canopy on my front and rear motor car, people would refer to the slipper) , and Gene Adams shark. But forget the cars I like the girl in Art's car.
  26. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
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    frank spittle

    Swamp Rat III is my favorite. It was pure bad ass....and pretty.
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  27. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,126

    hugh m
    from ct.

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  28. drtrcrV-8
    Joined: Jan 6, 2013
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    hugh m : I was also wondering when someone would mention Jocko's dragster that looked more like a Bonneville car than a quarter-miler? circa '58(?)
  29. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 1,551


    Since we were always at Lions Dragstrip from 58-60 as young kids, we saw a lot of the early drag racers. There were so many FEDs racing with all kinds of powerful motors and innovations. But for safety? Sometimes the heads were over the top of the roll bars. What?

    We were always impressed with the white FED of Kenny Lindley/Don Hampton at Lions Dragstrip. He was always challenging the top FEDs (1 RED) of the day with their white, full body dragster. We just happened to be filming when he was making a run or two.

    Kenny Lindley 1959

    Who was he challenging? None other than Jack Chrisman in the original Sidewinder by Joe Maillard.

    Jack Chrisman/Joe Maillard Sidewinder

    These were my two favorites from Lions Dragstrip in 58-59. Sleek lines, fast, powerful, streamlined and from opposite ends of the spectrum.


    film clips for JB:

    Hank Vincent at the Bakersfield Smokers meet.

    film clips for JJ: Art Chrisman at Riverside Raceway in 1959, including the controversial start vs Don Garlits.

    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017
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  30. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 4,326


    I guess someone needs to start the "biggest trophy" thread now. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.

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