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shoebox crash=sad

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dog Dish Deluxe, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Dog Dish Deluxe
    Joined: Dec 23, 2011
    Posts: 778

    Dog Dish Deluxe
    from MO.

  2. yeah the guys in that shoebox are members here im sure they dont need reminders
  3. awsomeears
    Joined: Feb 5, 2011
    Posts: 159


    Booze and Speed don't mix.......

    That steering wheel bent, made me cringe !!!
  4. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    damn, that was a sharp ride.i totaled out one of my 55s back in the mid 80s.a old woman pulled out in front of me. man i was sick for months over that car.i still get mad about it after all these about not being able to let go!

  5. Not sure you have all the facts. I might be wrong, but if I remember right Booze wasn't a factor. I think being tired was. Correct me if I'm wrong. I hope I'm not.
  6. All that damage to the 49, and almost no damage to the semi. Unbelievable! :eek: That shoebox looks like James Dean's '55 Porsche after it hit.......a shoebox.

  7. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    The plate of that Shoebox is a 1956 California plate. Reckon that 49-51 was titled as a 56 or the plate was just being "used" but the car was not registered? Either way something ain't right and insurance companies don't like things that ain't right.
  8. Gasserfreak
    Joined: Aug 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,339

    from Yuma, AZ

    Built by Brad Masterson

  9. You're right is was a tired driver not a boozed driver. The semi trailer was on the side of the road stopped.
  10. what is the story on this pic i know its supposed to be james dean seconds before his fatal crash is it real did george barris take this? i know he (george) was behind dean ...or is this just apretty good and creepy photoshop?
  11. MEDDLER1
    Joined: Jun 1, 2006
    Posts: 1,593


    This should be deleted before it gets out of hand. Some things are better left unposted.
  12. happilyretired
    Joined: Mar 30, 2012
    Posts: 28


    That happened right out front of Engle Racing Cams, about 20 blocks from where I grew up as a kid in the 50's. No seat belts, easily detachable bucket show seats, evidently hit at a high rate of speed. Tragic for the guys......the heck with the custom car. Hope they are all right. Happens all the time.
  13. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,729


    The owner spend days and nights getting his car ready for the Motorama. On the way home, he fell asleep at the wheel, if memory serves me correctly.
  14. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    Can't be a real photos of the crash, the Ford impacted the Porsche on the Driver's Side...
  15. Theo Douglas
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 807

    Theo Douglas

    That James Dean photo must be a reenactment. The car that hit him was a shoebox coupe with '55 Pontiac sidetrim--a 1950, I believe. Definitely not a sedan as seen here.

    And yes, the photo here shows the shoebox hitting him on the wrong side.

    Also, Barris was not traveling with Dean when Dean was killed.

  16. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,308


    I remember that. Bummer
  17. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,308


    Just saw the photo. How could anyone look at that and really think that was a snapshot from the actual occurrence? Too much reality tv I guess. Tis the modern world.
  18. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,898


    Crash analysis indicated that the Ford hit Dean's 550 Spyder, not the other way around. Dean had the right-of-way.
  19. BEAR
    Joined: Sep 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,310


    Tabs were used on front and back from 1948 - 1953, then only on the back in 1954 & 1955.
  20. 60galaxieJJ
    Joined: Dec 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,525


    awfully scary and sad
  21. 48FordFanatic
    Joined: Feb 26, 2011
    Posts: 1,336

    from Maine

    But maybe others do !
  22. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,705

    from Locust NC

    It was an accident. I am sure the guys that were involved don't need to be reminded of what was probably the worst night of thier lives. Nobody needs to see video of them or thier buddies on a backboard getting loaded into an ambulance.
  23. ausbuick
    Joined: Jan 31, 2011
    Posts: 676


    i feel really ill now...
    RIP shoebox
  24. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 3,457

    from Minnesota

    Wow ! Sad to see that!
  25. Masterson Kustoms
    Joined: Jul 31, 2009
    Posts: 78

    Masterson Kustoms

    I painted the "new style" plate to look like a 56 plate.
  26. Masterson Kustoms
    Joined: Jul 31, 2009
    Posts: 78

    Masterson Kustoms

    The car was registered but I think I remember Dave saying he canceled the insurance just weeks before the crash cause he was short of money. And yeah he wasn't drunk just sleeping. I think everyone would agree its better to be drunk behind the wheel than asleep.

  27. I think your right but I don't seem to remember.

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